In 2020, Japan tightened foreign investment rules with the amendments to the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (FEFTA). When the amendment entered into force on 7th June 2020, it expanded the scope of foreign investment reviews, lowered the threshold for screening the purchase of listed companies’ shares to acquisitions at 1 percent or more, and introduced a new prior notification exemption scheme for share acquisitions.
The Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently gave a speech at London City Week. During the speech, he discussed three key areas on the reform agenda at the SEC. One of those areas was on transparency, and in particular, the area of beneficial ownership and Schedule 13D reporting.
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.
It’s been a busy couple of months for the Swedish Supervisory Authority (Finansinspektionen) – so far in 2021, they have issued fines totaling SEK 20,390,500 (USD 2,462,174) for shareholder disclosure failings. With fines ranging from SEK 11,000 to SEK 5,100,000, as displayed in the graph below, non-compliance with Swedish disclosure requirements can be a costly affair.
This week, on the 1st February 2021, the Statutory Instrument (SI) amending the initial notification threshold under Article 5(2) of the Short Selling Regulation (SSR) entered into force. The SI amends the reporting of net short positions to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), in relation to the issued share capital of a company that has shares admitted to trading on a trading venue, from 0.2% to 0.1%.
In July, the SEC announced proposed amendments to 13F Reporting, to update the reporting threshold for institutional investment managers, as well as a number of other ancillary changes. The major proposed amendment was the increasing of the reporting threshold from $100 million to $3.5 billion.