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European Parliament Approves CRR “Quick Fix” to Mitigate Economic Consequences of COVID-19

The measures grant relief for EU banks to enhance bank lending to companies and households. By Axel Schiemann and Dominik Schöneberger On 18 June 2020, the European Parliament approved the so-called CRR “quick fix” to Regulation (EU) 575/2013 (Capital Requirement Regulation (CRR)) and Regulation 2019/876 (Capital Requirement Regulation 2 (CRR2)) to mitigate the economic consequences … Continue Reading

Staying Inside — FCA’s New Guidance on Market Conduct During COVID-19

New guidance for issuers and market participants on capital raising events and alternative working arrangements, and additional time allowed for filing half-yearly financial reports. By James Inness, Nicola Higgs, Connor Cahalane, and Anna Lewis-Martinez On 27 May 2020, the FCA published its Primary Market Bulletin 28, which provides an update for issuers on temporary relief … Continue Reading

COVID-19: FCA Delays Implementation of SCA Under PSRs 2017

By Rob Moulton and Anna Lewis-Martinez On 30 April 2020, the FCA released a statement announcing a six-month extension to the deadline for firms’ implementation of strong customer authentication (SCA) for e-commerce under the Payment Services Regulations 2017 (PSRs 2017). The FCA states that the extension is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is set … Continue Reading

SEC and FINRA Take Action to Address COVID-19 Impacts

In the wake of COVID-19, the SEC and FINRA are taking steps to support markets and market participants. By Dana G. Fleischman, Stephen P. Wink, and Deric Behar The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) continue to monitor and address ongoing impacts of COVID-19 to US capital … Continue Reading

FCA to Apply for Court Declaration on Business Interruption Insurance Policies

FCA announces steps to obtain clarity for insurers and policyholders. By Victoria Sander, Martin Davies, Oliver Middleton, and Duncan Graves The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced today, 1 May 2020, that it is taking steps to resolve contractual uncertainty in business interruption (BI) insurance cover in light of COVID-19 and intends to apply urgently for a … Continue Reading

Caring for the CARES Act: The New Oversight and Investigations Landscape for COVID-19 Relief Programs

Economic aid legislation will likely result in increased scrutiny of certain industries, similar to investigations that followed relief efforts in the 2008 financial crisis. By the White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) became law. It provides more than US$2 trillion in … Continue Reading

Federal Reserve Provides Additional Resources for Financial Markets Participants

Further economic measures provide support for small and mid-sized businesses, as well as state and local economies facing pandemic hardships. By Alan W. Avery, Pia Naib, and Deric Behar The Federal Reserve, in its continuing efforts to safeguard financial markets, provide stability to the financial system, and support the flow of credit in the economy, … Continue Reading

FAQs: Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Facilities for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses

Federal Reserve set to make up to $600 billion available to eligible small and mid-sized businesses. By Alan W. Avery, Courtenay Myers Lima, and Pia Naib On April 9, 2020, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve) announced details regarding the terms and conditions of two Main Street lending facilities to … Continue Reading

Relief in the Time of COVID-19 – Temporary Measures

New legislation suspends contractual obligations for the next six months with related disputes subject to a separate dispute resolution system. By Farhana Sharmeen and Marc Jia Renn Tan On 7 April 2020, the Singapore Parliament passed the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act (the Act) offering temporary relief to businesses and individuals who are unable to fulfil … Continue Reading

FCA Announces Additional Primary Market Measures to Support Listed Companies

The package combines temporary policy interventions and existing options to help companies raise new share capital during the COVID-19 crisis. By Chris Horton, James Inness, Rob Moulton, and Anna Lewis-Martinez On 8 April 2020, the FCA published a Statement of Policy and related technical supplements aimed at helping companies to raise new share capital during … Continue Reading

US Federal Banking Agencies Introduce Further Measures to Address Continuing COVID-19-Related Risks

The three US federal banking agencies continue to take additional steps to promote the functioning of the financial system in the face of the pandemic. By Alan W. Avery, Pia Naib, and Deric Behar The three US federal banking agencies — the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve), the Federal Deposit … Continue Reading

COVID-19: Key UK Business Measures — State of Play

A summary of key COVID-19-related measures announced by the UK government to support businesses and workers. By Rob Moulton and Anna Lewis-Martinez Starting with the budget on 11 March 2020, the UK government has outlined significant measures to support British businesses and workers on an unprecedented scale during the COVID-19 outbreak. These measures include: the … Continue Reading

FCA and PSR Support CMA’s Guidance on Business Cooperation Under Competition Law

The CMA recognises that businesses may need to cooperate to ensure supply of essential products and services during the COVID-19 outbreak. By Rob Moulton, David Little, Gregory Bonné, and Anna Lewis-Martinez On 27 March 2020, the FCA and Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) announced their support for the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA’s) guidance on its … Continue Reading

FCA and PRA Statement on SM&CR and COVID-19: Expectations of Dual-Regulated Firms

UK Regulators announce new measures after acknowledging firms affected by COVID-19 will need to keep their governance arrangements under review. By Rob Moulton and Anna Lewis-Martinez On 3 April 2020, the FCA and the PRA released a statement announcing several new governance measures for dual-regulated firms amid the COVID-19 outbreak under the Senior Managers and … Continue Reading

COVID-19: FCA Dear CEO Letter to Firms Providing Services to Retail Investors

The FCA sets out its approach on client identity verification, supervisory flexibility over best execution obligations and 10% depreciation notifications, and financial resilience. By Rob Moulton and Anna Lewis-Martinez On 31 March 2020, the FCA published a Dear CEO letter to firms providing services to retail investors about COVID-19. The FCA makes it clear that it expects … Continue Reading

COVID-19: PRA Welcomes Suspension of Dividends, Share Buybacks, and Cash Bonuses

Seven of the largest systemically important UK deposit-takers to suspend dividends and share buybacks and to cancel payments of any outstanding 2019 dividends. By Rob Moulton and Anna Lewis-Martinez On 31 March 2020, the PRA published a statement on deposit takers’ approach to dividend payments, share buybacks, and cash bonuses in response to COVID-19. The PRA … Continue Reading

UK Government Temporarily Suspends Wrongful Trading Rules to Assist Company Directors

Proposed changes to UK insolvency laws aim to support companies under pressure due to COVID-19. By Rob Moulton and Anna Lewis-Martinez On 28 March 2020, the UK government announced a number of reforms to UK insolvency laws: The temporary suspension of existing wrongful trading rules retrospectively from 1 March 2020 for three months, so that … Continue Reading

Impact of COVID-19 on French M&A Transactions, French Listed Companies and High Yield Issuers, and French Law Governed Contracts

In three recent Client Alerts, Latham & Watkins lawyers examine how government measures to fight COVID-19 may affect French M&A transactions, key questions for French listed companies and high yield issuers, and how companies can respond to the impact on their current French law contracts. By Latham’s Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, and Litigation & … Continue Reading

HK SFC Reiterates Key Regulatory Obligations Amidst COVID-19 Market Volatility

Market participants must treat clients fairly and exercise care when recommending potentially volatile or illiquid products. By Simon Hawkins and Kenneth Y.F. Hui In response to ongoing volatility in local and international markets caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, on 27 March 2020, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) published two circulars reminding fund … Continue Reading

COVID-19 Bank Lending Relief Measures

By Axel Schiemann, Marco Bonasso, Rob Moulton, Pia Naib Several countries have announced or have already implemented extensive debt relief measures for consumers and companies. In some instances these measures also include debt moratoria. The following provides a brief overview of key headlines reflecting the current status for such debt moratoria in Germany, Italy, UK, … Continue Reading

Changes to Reporting Requirements for Issuers in Light of COVID-19

UK regulators announce a further package of measures to ease the burden on issuers. By Chris Horton, James Inness, Rob Moulton, Koushik Prasad, Connor Cahalane, and Charlotte Collins In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UK regulators have published further measures affecting issuers, to try to preserve the flow of information to investors and support the … Continue Reading

EU Regulators Outline Approach to Remote Working During COVID-19 Crisis

ESMA, BaFin, and FCA have provided guidelines on firms’ obligation to record client telephone calls. By Rob Moulton and Axel Schiemann Remote working raises uncertainties in various regulated areas as it dramatically changes institutions’ day-to-day business. In particular, institutions are confronted with practical and technical difficulties regarding client-related requirements such as the obligation to tape … Continue Reading

FCA Indicates LIBOR Transition Deadline Will Not Be Extended Due to COVID-19

The FCA, the Bank of England, and members of the Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates have stated that firms should still plan for the transition away from LIBOR at the end of 2021. By Becky Critchley, Jonathan Ritson-Candler, and Anna Lewis-Martinez On 25 March 2020, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), after discussions with … Continue Reading

FCA Issues Guidance on Key Workers in Financial Services

The FCA has clarified which people working in regulated financial services firms will meet the definition of a “key worker”. By Rob Moulton On 19 March 2020, the UK government published guidance setting out which “key workers” will be permitted special status as regards to educational provision for their children. (It is possible that this … Continue Reading
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