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    13/07/2022

    Crypto and ESG - 11 things you need to know ...

    1. What is ESG? ESG stands for the broad term of “environmental, social and governance”. However, what this means in practice is different from one sector to another and from one jurisdiction to another. In the UK, climate change reporting obligations for a range of businesses have been the key focus area so far, using the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations as the main reference point. For financial services entities, the UK regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has used TCFD as a basis for its ESG Sourcebook, containing onerous and...
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    25/05/2022

    The ESAs have submitted further SFDR queries to the Commission

    II. Key takeaways The ESAs submitted nine questions, with the aim of helping the market preparing for the formal application of the Level 2 requirements. 1) Question on PAI The first question relates to the consideration of principal adverse impacts on sustainability factors (the so-called “PAI”) at product level, when the PAIs are not considered at the level of the investment fund managers. The answer of the European Commission on whether or not this is possible under SFDR would have an impact on the fund industry in Luxembourg. A large proportion of fund promoters indeed engage with...
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    25/05/2022

    Draft report on the Commission’s proposal to amend the AIFMD: key changes

    2. Key highlights (a) Inclusion of a new sub-category of “professional investors” The Report suggests that the term “professional investors” should no longer exclusively correspond to the definition given to such term in Annex II of the Directive 2014/65/EC (MiFID II) and should instead also capture two additional types of investors, namely those: i. who have committed to investing a minimum of EUR 100 000 and have stated in writing, in a separate document from the contract to be concluded for the commitment to invest, that they are aware of the risks associated with the...
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    09/12/2021

    Reforming the Appointed Representative regime

    HMT’s call for evidence HMT has overall responsibility for the legislative framework for the regulation of ARs. The FCA is responsible for the regulation and supervision of principal firms. HMT has not yet reached a conclusion on whether reform is necessary, this is only a call for evidence. If HMT concludes that reform is needed, it will consult on proposals. HMT is asking for comments on these potential reforms: (1) Changing the scope of the AR regime: If there is strong evidence to suggest a regulated activity is generating an unacceptable level of risk for consumers or market integrity,...
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    15/11/2021

    Focusing on Funds – The Long-Term Asset Fund (LTAF)

    Background The provision for the LTAF is part of a wider drive from the government and the Bank of England to direct pension investment towards illiquid UK assets to support the country’s recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic. As stated in an open letter from the Prime Minister and the Chancellor to the pensions industry, the government’s strategy is to ignite “an Investment Big Bang, to unlock the hundreds of billions of pounds sitting in UK institutional investors and use it to drive the UK’s recovery”. To further support this strategy, within the Budget 2021 the...
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    30/03/2021

    Executive Remuneration: Consultation on Restoring trust in audit and corporate governance

    Overview of the Consultation The Consultation follows the high-profile failure of a number of companies, including Carillion and BHS. While its primary focus is on the audit profession and plans to break up the dominance of the Big Four audit firms, the Chief Executive of Accountants at the ACAEW, Michael Izza, has said that the Consultation is “as much about corporate governance reform as it is of the audit profession”.[1] The Consultation’s key proposals include: New reporting and attestation requirements covering internal controls, dividends and capital maintenance decisions...
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