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ESMA publishes final report on crypto-asset service providers’ conflict of interest rules
On 31 May 2024, the European Securities and Markets Authority released its final report on draft regulatory technical standards on conflicts of interest rules for crypto-asset service providers under the Markets in Crypto Assets Regulation.
European Commission launches investigations into Alphabet, Apple, and Meta under Digital Markets Act
On 25 March 2024, in a significant move aimed at ensuring fair competition and consumer choice in the digital sphere, the European Commission initiated non-compliance investigations against tech giants Alphabet, Apple, and Meta under the Digital Markets Act.
Case review: Annulment of Aven and Fridman designations by the CJEU
On 10 April 2024, the General Court of the Court of Justice of the EU annulled the inclusion of Petr Aven and Mikhail Fridman on the EU sanctions list for the period 22 February 2022 to 13 March 2023. In this blog, we look at some of the reasoning that led the Court to annul the designations.
Cayman Islands: Market conduct guidelines for trust and corporate services providers and company managers
On 22 May 2024, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) published to the official gazette the "Rule and Statement of Guidance" for Trust and Corporate Services Providers (TCSPs) and Company Managers.
European Council approves unprecedented legal measures to redirect extraordinary revenues from immobilised Russian assets to support Ukraine
On 21 May 2024, the European Council issued a press release stating that it has approved certain legal measures (in the form of decisions) to utilise net profits from unexpected revenues of EU Central Securities Depositories (CSDs) holding Russian sovereign assets. It is intended that such revenues will be used for further military support to Ukraine, as well as its defence industry capacities and reconstruction.
ESMA seeks feedback on UCITS Eligible Assets Directive review
On 7 May 2024, the European Securities and Markets Authority issued a Call for Evidence regarding the review of Commission Directive 2007/16/EC on UCITS eligible assets. This initiative is part of the European Commission's request for ESMA to provide technical advice on the UCITS EAD review.
CySEC's electronic submission requirement for Risk Based Supervision Framework
On 14 May 2024, the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission published Circular 642, on the electronic submission of information for the year 2023 under the Risk Based Supervision Framework.
Wolfsberg Group's guiding principles for internal audit: Enhancing Financial Crime Risk Management
The Wolfsberg Group recently released guidelines titled "Principles for Auditing a Financial Crime Risk Management Programme for Effectiveness under the Wolfsberg Factors," aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of Financial Crime Risk Management in Financial Institutions.
Luxembourg’s proposed tax reforms for 2024: Share class redemptions (alphabet classes) clarification and other key highlights
On 23 May 2024, the Luxembourg Government introduced a bill of law before the Luxembourg Parliament aiming notably to clarify the tax treatment applicable to share class redemptions.
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