Legal shorts 07.02.14, including AIFMD remuneration code and crowdfunding


Published on

Published in: Economy & Finance, Business
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Total views
On SlideShare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Legal shorts 07.02.14, including AIFMD remuneration code and crowdfunding

  1. 1. Welcome to Legal Shorts, a short briefing on some of the week’s developments in the financial services industry. Listen to this week's Legal Shorts on CLTV by going to If you would like to discuss any of the points we raise below, please contact me or one of our other lawyers. Claire Cummings 020 7585 1406 AIFMD Remuneration Code The FCA has published its final guidance on the AIFM Remuneration Code following its consultation paper issued in September 2013 (CP13/9). The guidance is directed at full-scope AIFMs and the FCA expects firms to implement the AIFMD remuneration regime for new awards of variable remuneration to relevant staff for performance periods following that in which the firm becomes authorised. Among other things, the guidance covers: (i) applying proportionality to AIFMs; (ii) how to treat payments to partners or members of an AIFM; (iii) remuneration in the form of units and shares; and (iv) minimum retention periods. The annex to the guidance contains example of how to apply proportionality. The guidance took effect on 31 January 2014. FCA policy on investment manager and adviser complaints reporting The FCA has published a policy statement setting out its final rules on referrals to discretionary investment managers and adviser complaints reporting. The FCA consulted on draft rules in July last year and no changes have been made to those in the final rules. The new rules are intended to ensure clear adviser and
  2. 2. discretionary charges and will come into force on 31 December 2014. Crowdfunding IOSCO has published a working paper on the risks and benefits of crowdfunding i.e. peer-to-peer lending and equity crowdfunding. The report provides a global overview of the crowdfunding industry, together with a mapping exercise of the global regulatory landscape. It seeks to identify investor protection issues and to determine whether crowdfunding poses a systemic risk to the global financial sector. The main risks set out in the report are: default risk, platform risk, fraud risk, illiquidity risk, risk of cyber attack, lack of transparency and disclosure risks and the risk of investor inexperience. The report concludes that FR crowdfunding does not currently present a systemic risk to the global financial sector, although it does pose problems for investor protection that need to be addressed. The paper states that the views expressed in it are those of IOSCO's research department and do not necessarily reflect the views of IOSCO or its members. PE guidelines for good practice reporting The Guidelines Monitoring Group published an updated version of its guidelines on good practice reporting by private equity portfolio companies under the Walker Guidelines. The substantive content of the guidelines remains unchanged from the version issued in March 2012, but do, however, include updated examples of reporting drawn from portfolio companies' accounts over the last two years that the GMG considers to represent good practice. The group notes that the annual report when taken as a whole should be considered fair, balanced and understandable to a user of the accounts. In relation to the definition of a portfolio company for the purposes of the reporting guidelines, the group is currently reviewing whether the transaction size criteria should be lowered to bring more portfolio companies into scope and any changes will be announced during 2014. Government response to failed ECJ challenge on short selling The UK government has responded to the ECJ judgment on its challenge to ESMA’s powers under the Short Selling Regulation. It states that it is disappointed that the ECJ has not upheld the UK's legal challenge, as the government has consistently said it wants tough financial regulation that works, but powers conferred on EU agencies must be consistent with the EU treaties, and ensure legal certainty. It confirmed that the ruling bears no impact on the day-to-day application of the Short Selling Regulation and that it has no
  3. 3. implications for other legal challenges made by the UK relating to financial services regulation. European Parliament votes to adopt CSMAD The European Parliament has voted to adopt the proposed Directive on criminal sanctions for insider dealing and market manipulation (CSMAD). The CSMAD, together with the proposed Regulation on insider dealing and market manipulation (MAR), make up the MAD II legislative proposals that will replace the Market Abuse Directive (MAD). The European Commission has published a set of FAQs on CSMAD. The Council of the EU will now formally adopt the text of the CSMAD proposal at a future meeting. Member States will have two years to implement the Directive after publication in the OJ, which is expected in June 2014. EC DG MARKT management plan for 2014 The European Commission has published the management plan for 2014 of its Internal Market and Services Directorate General (DG MARKT). The three main priorities of DG MARKT during 2014 relating to financial services are: (i) establishing the banking union; (ii) completing financial reform; and (iii) improving the way in which the financial system contributes to growth. The management plan contains detailed information on the expected timings for the adoption of Commission documents relating to financial services, including delegated acts, implementing acts, RTS, ITS and reports. Financial Transaction Tax Germany's top two governing parties have indicated that they are prepared to accept a tax on stock trades as part of a move toward a broader FTT. The move could bolster Germany's goal of partnering with France to get Spain and Italy to implement the tax. The SDP has said that it would accept a phased-in FTT, provided that there was a commitment at the start to the timing of all later stages and that derivatives are included in any such plan.
  4. 4. EU and US to co-operate on derivatives reform The EU and the US regulators have pledged to work more closely together on reforming the derivatives market. The EU and US are putting into effect a host of measures to reform the financial industry and have agreed to try to minimize the divergence on margin requirements, particularly once new international standards have been widely adopted. They also agreed on the need for effective resolution of large cross-border banks, as well as to co-operate on supervising audit providers and resolving differences in accounting standards. The next such meeting will take place in Brussels in July. ISDA overview of OTC derivatives reform ISDA has published an overview of US and EU OTC derivatives regulatory reforms. The overview takes the form of a table and compares requirements of the CFTC and the SEC in the US, derived from the Dodd-Frank Act, with EU requirements primarily under EMIR. ISDA has also published a chart addressing the relevance of ISDA protocols and other documents for derivative transactions for market participants in non-US/EU jurisdictions. LIBOR code of conduct ICE Benchmark Administration (IBA), the new Libor administrator, has published a Libor code of conduct and whistleblowing procedure. The code of conduct sets out practice standards for contributing banks i.e. banks carrying out the regulated activity of providing information in relation to a specified benchmark. The code covers issues including governance arrangements, submission methodology, conflicts of interest, record-keeping and compliance. The FCA's Market Conduct sourcebook (MAR) requires the LIBOR administrator to produce this code, which has been confirmed as industry guidance by the FCA. It is assumed that the code and whistleblowing procedure will supersede the LIBOR code and whistleblowing policy published in July 2013 by BBA LIBOR Ltd, the former administrator.
  5. 5. Cummings Tel: + 44 20 7585 1406 Mob: + 44 7734 057 327 7 February 2014