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ESG and Cryptocurrency: Considerations for Market Participants

For market participants pivoting toward ESG and digital assets, weighing the issues at the crossroads of these two megatrends is critical. By Paul A. Davies, Stuart Davis, Simon Hawkins, Nicola Higgs, Yvette D. Valdez, Thomas Vogel, Stephen P. Wink, and Deric Behar The huge rise in popularity of Bitcoin — and the growing interest by … Continue Reading

10 Key Focus Areas for UK-Regulated Financial Services Firms in 2021

This annual publication outlines some of the primary focus areas in 2021 for UK-regulated financial services firms. Some of these topics are attracting attention because they are an emerging trend, or because they are at a key stage in the implementation cycle. Other topics are longstanding, but remain at the top of the PRA’s and … Continue Reading

Benchmarks: Delegated Acts on ESG Disclosures Published and Transitional Period for Third Country Benchmarks Extended

Three delegated acts that supplement the EU Benchmarks Regulation will come into force on 23 December 2020. By Nicola Higgs, Becky Critchley, Ella McGinn, and Anna Lewis-Martinez The long-awaited delegated acts (Delegated Acts) required by Regulation (EU) 2019/2089 (the Low Carbon Benchmarks Regulation), which amends the EU Benchmarks Regulation (BMR), have been published in the … Continue Reading

UK Announces Climate Focused Financial Services Regime

The UK Government presents initiatives designed to green the UK economy and bolster attractiveness as an international financial centre. By Paul A. Davies and Michael D. Green On 9 November 2020, Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced several initiatives designed to help the UK tackle climate change, while maintaining its position as an “open, … Continue Reading

US Department of Labor Puts ESG Investing on Ice

In its finalized rule amending ERISA, the DOL makes financial factors paramount in a fiduciary’s responsibility to investors. By Paul A. Davies, Nicola Higgs, Kristina S. Wyatt, and Deric Behar On October 30, 2020, the US Department of Labor (DOL) published Financial Factors in Selecting Plan Investments (the Rule) and a related Fact Sheet, a … Continue Reading

Latham Launches 2nd Edition of Pioneering Culture Assessment Framework

As COVID-19 sharpens the focus on corporate culture and ESG, organisations should be aware of heightened regulatory scrutiny. Corporate culture remains high on the financial regulatory agenda, and it’s likely to attract even more attention in the future. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has sharpened the focus on organizational culture and the social and … Continue Reading

Key Regulatory Developments in Hong Kong and Singapore: June 2020

Regulators seek to expand market connectivity for wealth management products and enhance financial institutions’ environmental risk management. By Farhana Sharmeen, Simon Hawkins, Kenneth Hui, and Marc Tan This blog post summarises key regulatory developments in Hong Kong and Singapore during June 2020, including: The announcement of a new “Wealth Management Connect” mutual market access project … Continue Reading

European Commission Publishes Draft Delegated Regulations on ESG Disclosures in Benchmarks

The three draft delegated regulations set out sustainability criteria and ESG disclosure requirements for benchmarks provided in accordance with the EU Benchmarks Regulation. By Nicola Higgs and Becky Critchley On 8 April 2020, the European Commission published the three draft delegated regulations required by Regulation (EU) 2019/2089, commonly referred to as the Low Carbon Benchmarks … Continue Reading
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