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Providing clarity on MiFID II, one guidance note at a time (part 2: research)
11 Oct

FCA third MiFID II consultation paper aimed at investor protection

  • 11th October 2016
  • Bora Nanaj

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its third consultation paper (CP3) with regards to the implementation of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) on 29 September 2016. MiFID II, which comes into effect on 3 January 2018, is aimed at making markets more efficient, transparent and responsible.  Strengthening consumer protection is one Read More

20 Sep

KID Sent to the Naughty Corner- European Parliament rejects PRIIPS rules

  • 20th September 2016
  • Letitia Bolton

On the 14 September 2016 there was a staggering majority vote against the EU Commission’s Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) for the PRIIPS key information document (KID), at 602 to 4, with 12 abstentions. The rejection by the Parliament of the implementation rules proposed by the Commission is unprecedented in the financial markets, and now it Read More

17 Aug

6 key areas of overlap between PRIIPs and MiFID II – part 2

  • 17th August 2016
  • Aisha Dudhia

In part 1 of this article, we examined three of the six key areas of overlap between the regulations on PRIIPs and MiFID II/R.  In particular, we provided detail on, and discussed the degree of similarities between, the scope, the disclosure requirements for financial instruments and the obligations to identify a ‘target market’ between both Read More

28 Jul

6 key areas of overlap between PRIIPs and MiFID II – part 1

  • 28th July 2016
  • Aisha Dudhia

On 17 June 2016, the Council of the European Union approved a one-year delay to the MiFID II transposition and implementation dates.  Under the new regulation, the deadline for Member States to transpose MiFID II into national legislation is 3 July 2017 and the date of application for MiFID II/R is now set for 3 Read More

10 Mar

The RegTech ecosystem: in depth analysis (part 3 of 3)

  • 10th March 2016
  • Mark Robinson

In our two previous articles, we mentioned that, despite the technology existing to enable ‘good regulatory practice’, the market has failed to overcome the four main barriers.  Why? In short, while we have a strong chorus of support from the side-lines, the regulators are only just now beginning to take on the job of making Read More

29 Jan

Highlighting the legislative inconsistencies impacting cross-selling under MiFID II

  • 29th January 2016
  • Aisha Dudhia

On 22 December 2015, ESMA published 10 guidelines on cross-selling practices under MiFID II.  However, as noted in our previous article, these guidelines were not released as initially intended by the three European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) – EBA, EIOPA and ESMA. Alongside the guidelines, ESMA put out a press release stating that “in light of Read More

25 Jan

A busy month for financial services regulation

In the past month, we’ve celebrated the holiday season and brought in the new year, but there has been no rest for the wicked and regulators have been busy scrambling to meet deadlines and push out new regulatory documents.  In the period before Christmas, we witnessed a lot of developments and it’s safe to say Read More