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Latest Reports

  • Stylus chart

    Who, what and why? On 24 March 2017, CMS held a round table discussion to gauge the industry’s views on the FCA’s discussion paper on illiquid assets and open-ended funds[1]. We were joined by a variety of senior figures from the funds world, including fund management houses, INREV, the Investment ...

  • Building, Paris

    French law on bond issues has finally been modernised, with a simplification of its legal framework (1.), the "cleaning up" of the provisions of the French Commercial Code relating to the masse (2.) and the enshrinement in the French Monetary and Financial Code of the possibility for the issuer and ...

  • Frankfurt, Germany

    Circular 3/2017 (GW) provides updated guidelines regarding the use of video identification procedures which come into force in Mid-June 2017. After several changes of the guidelines regarding video identification procedures, the German financial supervisory authority ("BaFin") has published new provisions regarding customer identification (KYC) via video transmission in their Circular ...

  • Europe from space

    On 16 May 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down its opinion on the process for concluding the EU’s free trade agreement (FTA) with Singapore, a so-called “new generation” FTA with a wider scope than more traditional FTAs. This widely awaited opinion provides clarity on ...

  • City, London

    Over the last month, both the PRA and FCA have produced final versions of updated guidance on remuneration. This follows the form of the FCA’s draft guidance published for consultation last year and the PRA’s consultation. In both cases, the updated guidance consolidates guidance that was previously located in several ...

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Future Dates

* Estimated date

  • 31 May 2017

    Deadline for responses to DWP consultation on early exit charges in relation to occupational pension schemes.

  • *Early 2017

    FCA aims to publish it's Final report on Conflicts of Interest in Asset Management.

  • 1 June 2017

    Deadline for responses to FCA's consultation paper (CP17/5) on improving the range of information in the UK equity IPO process.

News Wizard

  • 26/05/2017

    ECB: Working Paper - business models of the banks in the euro area

    ECB: Working Paper - business models of the banks in the euro area
    News Date:
    26/05/2017
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    The European Central Bank published a working paper entitled 'Business models of the banks in the euro area'. "The paper proposes and applies a data-driven methodology to the business model identification problem, especially suited for high-dimensional data."
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  • 26/05/2017

    ECMI: Policy Briefing

    ECMI: Policy Briefing
    News Date:
    26/05/2017
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    The European Capital Markets Institute published a policy briefing: "New market conduct rules for financial intermediaries: Will complexity bring transparency?" It includes MiFID II, market abuse, short selling, and other topics.
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  • 26/05/2017

    FCA: Policy Statement 17/12 on the annuity market

    FCA: Policy Statement 17/12 on the annuity market
    News Date:
    26/05/2017
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    Further to consultation CP16/37, the FCA published policy statement PS17/12 on implementing information prompts in the annuity market. Firms affected by these changes will need to ensure compliance from 1 March 2018.
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  • 26/05/2017

    Council of the EU: G7 background briefing

    Council of the EU: G7 background briefing
    News Date:
    26/05/2017
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    The Council of the EU issued a background briefing regarding the G7 summit taking place in Italy.
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  • 26/05/2017

    FCA: Handbook Notice #44 and Handbook Instruments

    FCA: Handbook Notice #44 and Handbook Instruments
    News Date:
    26/05/2017
    News Text:
    The FCA issued Handbook Notice Number 44 alongside two Handbook Instruments.
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