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Brexit UK JMP Stay Protocol published

As expected, ISDA has yesterday opened the 2020 UK (PRA Rule) Jurisdictional Module Protocol (UK Module) for adherence. The new UK Module joins its stablemates as part of the ISDA Resolution Jurisdictional Modular Protocol, replacing the previous 3 May 2016 UK (PRA Rule) Module with a shiny, new Brexit-ed version. At the expiry of the […]

Last minute RTS to be rushed through

The just in time legislative supply chain seems to be still working in the EU. On 21 December, the Commission adopted the two Delegated Regulations amending EMIR Regulatory Technical Standards. The EC have published the RTS today: The Draft Revised Margin RTS (Margin RTS) The Draft Revised Clearing Obligation RTS (Clearing RTS) A quick refresh […]

UK EMIR- tomAto tomAHto

This year’s “transition” period has inevitably devolved into a slow game of “Chicken”- it’s yet to be seen whether it will result in a complete car crash. Whatever the extension/shadow deal/no deal final outcome; the City and financial services have been excluded from consideration. Absent any imminent prospect of equivalence decisions; ISDA has yesterday published […]

BRRD 2 Brexited

It’s still early (if seemingly interminable) days, but Brexit bonuses seem to be thin on the ground. At least for UK banks, the disavowal of BRRD 2 may be of some comfort.  A recent article (paywalled) in Risk Magazine highlights upcoming UK-EU divergence around BRRD 2. The BRRD sequel comes into force on 28 December […]

Third (final) ESA report- brief Brexit novation window

On 23 November 2020, the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published a third “final” version of its draft RTS making various amendments to EMIR margining requirements. The draft (re)introduces the following amendments: Levelling the international playing field: An extension of a further three years for the “temporary” exemption from margining requirements for single-stock […]

ESMA confirms DTO to continue post-Brexit

ESMA has this morning released a public statement confirming that the EU Derivatives Trading Obligation (DTO) will continue to apply after Brexit transition. The DTO under Article 28 of MiFIR requires firms to transact certain derivatives (essentially the most liquid, standardised contracts) on an EU trading venue, or that of a third country already judged […]

Bailey’s freshest tips for the Brexit Break-Up

Earlier this week, the Chief Executive of the FCA, Andrew Bailey provided us with a recent update about the current state of affairs regarding Brexit. As is fast becoming the norm in Bailey’s Brexit updates, he opened his speech with the progress that has been made thus far; the Temporary Transitional Power regime; the signing […]

Brexit – contractual dis-continuity

A question that has been ignored, until very recently, is how firms will deal with cross-border derivative contracts when the UK leaves the EU in March 2019. Leaving the single market without either EEA membership or a trade agreement covering financial services will result in complications for existing derivative contracts. With approximately £26 trillion of […]

ISDA issues new French and Irish law Master Agreements – just because they can

The overwhelming majority of ISDA Master Agreements entered into by counterparties located in the EU (European Union)/EEA (European Economic Area) are governed by English law and they submit to the jurisdiction of the English Courts. Both for netting and collateral arrangements, English law has had no meaningful rival since the publication of the first ISDA […]

Financial services and criminal proceedings – ECJ clarifies approach

On 20 March 2018, the European Court of Justice (the “ECJ”) handed down four judgments in response to requests for preliminary rulings[1] on the interpretation under European law of the so-called ne bis in idem principle, i.e. the right not to be tried or punished twice for the same offence, also known as double jeopardy. […]

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