On 21 October 2020, HM Government published the Financial Services Bill 2019-21 (the “Bill”). The Bill amends the U.K.’s existing legislative framework for financial services in 17 distinct areas, addressing […]
This note, published in pursuit of the FMLC’s educational remit, outlines some of the legal issues which arise in the context of monetary policy and monetary financing, and considers a recent judicial decision in relation to the distinction between monetary policy and monetary financing, so as to highlight particular consequences for stimulus policies by National Central Banks.
In March 2020, governments around the world took action to stall the advent of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) by implementing a range of “social distancing” rules. These measures have meant that market participants may be unable to print and sign documents with “wet ink” in accordance with usual practice. In this context, the FMLC has published this paper surveying the position of electronic signatures under key jurisdictions.
The FMLC Secretariat’s attention was drawn to an evidence gathering survey published ahead of the next public-private Innovation Working Group (“IWG”) on Legal Entity Identifiers (“LEIs”). The FMLC has published letters and papers in the past on the usefulness of the widespread adoption of LEIs.
The FMLC has submitted a response drawing attention to its work on cross-border cooperation in relation to financial services regulation, especially in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis. Divergent national approaches and differences present a serious challenge to effective cross-border regulation. Additionally, in the context of the U.K.’s withdrawal from the E.U., the FMLC has drawn attention to the legal and operational complexities which may arise when authorities in the U.K. are no longer party to cooperation arrangements
The FMLC has submitted a response to the Consultation to draw attention to concerns with regards the definition of a “qualifying cryptoasset”.
This paper, although a departure from the Committee’s usual approach, is intended to survey the uncertainties in the context of LIBOR transition and the steps being taken by authorities around the world so as to draw attention to any residual issues.
The Call for Evidence sets out HM Government’s aims for payment systems and payments networks in the U.K. and seeks responses to questions relating to future opportunities and risks for new payments systems and cross-border payments as well as how regulators may adapt to and
promote new payment networks. The FMLC has submitted a response.
The European Commission has published a proposal to amend the BMR (the “Legislative Proposal”) so as to ensure that regulators have the tools to guide the transition avoiding contract frustration and financial instability. The FMLC would like to draw attention to certain issues of uncertainty.
The FMLC has submitted a response drawing attention to the divergence in relation to international standards on sustainability-related disclosure requirements, which creates uncertainty in relation to reporting obligations vis-à-vis cross-border investment activities. There is also some divergence across EU law in relation to disclosure obligations set out under the SFDR, the Non-Financial Reporting Directive and the Taxonomy Regulation.