Financial Regulatory Observer
March 2019

The Financial Regulatory Observer sets spotlights on selected topics driving regulatory and technological changes in the financial industry.

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Brexit preparedness for financial services: The German response

It is yet unclear if and when the House of Commons will again decide about the Withdrawal Agreement and whether the date for the UK leaving the EU will be changed. Under the current circumstances, a hard Brexit on 29 March 2019 still remains an option. To prepare for this possibility, the UK, EU Commission and EU27 have taken measures to minimize disruption in various areas.

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EU Regulatory Capital Wall Chart

Essential features of bank capital regulation across Europe in one handy wall chart.

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Banks face steep climb in MREL issuance

The upcoming enforcement of the MREL requirement will require European banks to issue a significant amount of subordinated and senior notes. But political instability and differing levels of investor demand could push up pricing and stifle access in some European markets, write Stuart Willey, Paul Alexander and Angelo Messore of global law firm White & Case.

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FRO in-depth: The future of cryptoassets regulation

Partners Julia Smithers Excell and Stuart Willey, and associate Laura Kitchen of global law firm White & Case take a deep dive on the latest publications from EU and UK regulators aimed at providing supervisory clarity on the nascent cryptoasset market.

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