Throughout August you will have seen a number of regulators publishing updated circulars, opinions and notices in relation to the application of the ESMA Guidelines on stress test scenarios under the Money Market Fund Regulation (EU) 2017/1131 (MMFR). Including regulators such as the: MFSA, CMVM, Central Bank of Ireland, FSMA & CSSF.
In this month’s round-up, of particular interest, nearly two years after its publication, the EU’s new regulatory framework facilitating the cross-border distribution of collective investment schemes applied from 2nd August. With this we saw several regulators announce the transposition of the new rules.
In this month’s round-up, of particular interest, nearly two years after the implementation of the Assessment of Value requirements, the FCA have finally provided feedback following a review of 18 firms conducted between July 2020 and May 2021…
Challenges facing ManCos – more regulations, more regulatory change, and more scrutiny than ever before (Part 1)
The pressure is rising on the ManCo industry – Management Companies (ManCos) are dealing with more regulations, and more regulatory change than ever before. This constant churning of regulatory change, coupled with increased scrutiny from regulators has led to a complex, pressured regulatory environment. However, this increased scrutiny is not the only challenge facing Mancos!
In early 2020, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) launched a Common Supervisory Action (CSA) on UCITS liquidity risk management (LRM). The purpose of this exercise was to simultaneously conduct coordinated supervisory activities in 2020 and to assess whether UCITS managers comply with their liquidity management obligations.
Welcome to the Funds-Axis Regulation Round Up! Our monthly update highlights the latest developments impacting the investment compliance industry. The past month brought developments on a range of topics, including: UCITS & AIFMD, Fund Liquidity, Major Shareholdings, Short Selling and PRIIPs KID.
With the end of the first quarter of the year, March brought with it a number of developments on a range of areas, including: UCITS & AIFMD, Money Market Fund Regulation, Liquidity Risk Management, Short Selling, ESG and ELTIF Regulation. See below this month’s regulatory round-up to read about these developments and many more we tracked throughout March.
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has launched a consultation on potential reforms of the EU Money Market Funds Regulation (MMFR). This follows the SEC’s request for comment seen last month, which similar to the ESMA consultation, reviews the stress experienced by MMFs during the March 2020 crisis and assesses and proposes potential reforms.
ESMA has published the results of the 2020 Common Supervisory Action (CSA) on UCITS liquidity risk management (LRM). UCITS are characterised by the offer to investors of on-demand liquidity. Article 84(1) states that UCITS shall repurchase or redeem its units at the request of any unit-holder. If the assets held within the fund cannot be sold quickly to meet redemption requests, there could be severe issues in paying redeeming investors. This can be exacerbated in times of stress when investors may look to redeem en masse whilst the market for the assets is drying up.
February saw a number of developments on a range of areas, including: SFDR; Potential money market fund reforms in the US; The new UK short selling threshold entering into force; The PRIIPs RTS being submitted to the European Commission; and Revisions to the CSSF notification form for NAV calculation errors.