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EBA publishes Roadmap to 2021 NEW Investment Firms Regulation and Directive (IFR/IFD) implementation

Subject: EBA Roadmap on Investment Firms regarding the implementation of the NEW Investment Firms Regulation (IFR) and Investment Firms Directive (IFD) entering into force from June 2021.Background Information on the NEW IFR/IFD Prudential FrameworkThe EU’s new IFR/IFD framework[1] entered into force in December 2019 and will be applicable for all EU Investment Firms from June 26, 2021. Th...
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Implications of Brexit on Cyprus Investment Firms (“CIFs”)

 Date: 5th August 2020The United Kingdom (“UK”) formally left the European Union (“EU”) on the 1st of February 2020. Currently, a transition period is in place until the 31st of December 2020, during which all EU rules and laws will continue to apply to the UK.The UK and the EU are negotiating their new relationship on the terms on which companies in the EU will be able to do business in a...
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Brexit: Implications for Asset Managers

Brexit: Implications for Asset ManagersDate: 30th July 2020The United Kingdom (“UK”) as of the 1st February 2020, has officially withdrawn from the European Union (“EU”). Currently, EU Law still applies in its entirety to the UK. However, by the end of the year 2020 (the “transition period”) the EU and the UK shall negotiate and reach an agreement for a new partnership. After the 31st Dece...
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Risk Based Supervision Framework (‘RBS-F’) – electronic submission of information for 2019

Date: 2nd July 2020Subject: Circular C392 (“the Circular”) dated 23.06.20 regarding the Risk Based Supervision Framework (‘RBS-F’) - electronic submission of information for 2019.To whom it concerns:Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) and Alternative Investment Funds with Limited Number of Persons (AIFLNPs); Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMs); UCITS and UCITS Manageme...
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Circular C379 (“the Circular”) dated 08.04.2020 regarding Population data collection by the EBA concerning the new prudential framework for investment firms (“IFs”)

In light of the ‘New prudential framework for investment firms’, and the related Practical Guide issued by CySEC on March 6, 2020, the European Banking Authority (“EBA”) has a mandate to develop the ‘new’ reporting requirements for IFs, in terms of own funds, levels of minimum capital, concentration risk, liquidity requirements, level of activity in respect of small and non-interconnected Ifs and ...
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ESMA’s Liquidity Stress Testing (LST)

ESMA objective: To promote consistency and increase the frequency of current LST practices while also enhancing the existing LST standards.When: On the 30th September 2020 the new ESMA’s Liquidity Stress Testing Guidelines (“the Guidelines”) will take effect. Competent authorities shall be incorporating these Guidelines into their national legal and supervisory frameworks as appropriate.To...
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AML Compliance Officers’ Examinations

CySEC Announcement dated 17th December 2019 on the “ AML Compliance Officers’ ” Examinations The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) would like to inform all the interested parties that it will initiate the conduct of the examinations for the certification of the Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officers (AMLCOs) in February 2020.The said examinations are conducted by CySEC to...
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Directive DI87-09 dated 27.09.2019 in relation to the Marketing, Distribution and Sale of CFDs

The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (‘CySEC’) has issued a Directive for the imposition of national measures to restrict the marketing, distribution and sale of contracts for difference (‘CFDs’).The Cyprus National Product Intervention Measures (‘CyNPIMs’) include:Restricting leverage limits from 30:1 to 2:1 on the opening of a position by a retail client; The adoption of th...
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Circular C336 (“the Circular”) dated 20.08.2019 regarding amendments to Regulation (EU) 648/2012 on OTC Derivatives, Central Counterparties and Trade Repositories (‘EMIR’)

CySEC wishes to inform Regulated Entities of the recent amendments made regarding EMIR.The following are the main changes:Definition of Financial Counterparty (‘FC’)The EMIR Refit expands the definition of an FC to include the following entities perceived to pose important systemic risk to the financial system:Every AIF established in the EU, or managed by an AIFM authorised or...
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Circular C343 dated 25.10.2019

 Circular C343 dated 25.10.2019 regarding the thematic review of best execution obligations of Cyprus Investment Firms (CIFs)CySEC carried out a review of the Best Execution arrangements put in place by CIFs to ensure compliance with the provisions of Article 28 of the Investment Services and Activities and Regulated Markets Law (“the Law”).Circular C343 sets out CySEC’s observati...
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