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The Regulatory Blog is an informal and up to date news and information service of key regulatory developments in our jurisdictions: the BVI, the Cayman Islands, Cyprus and Luxembourg. We intend to include the latest financial services, anti-money laundering, sanctions and related developments within our remit.

Contributors

Aki Corsoni-Husain
Aki Corsoni-Husain
  • Aki Corsoni-Husain

  • Partner
  • Cyprus
George Apostolou
George Apostolou
  • George Apostolou

  • Partner
  • Cyprus
Chiara Deceglie
Chiara Deceglie
  • Chiara Deceglie

  • Partner
  • Luxembourg
Massimiliano della Zonca
Massimiliano della Zonca
  • Massimiliano della Zonca

  • Senior Associate
  • Luxembourg
Philip Graham
Philip Graham
  • Philip Graham

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Ayana Hull
Ayana Hull
  • Ayana Hull

  • Counsel
  • British Virgin Islands
Katerina Katsiami
Katerina Katsiami
  • Katerina Katsiami

  • Associate
  • Cyprus
Andrew Knight
Andrew Knight
  • Andrew Knight

  • Partner
  • Luxembourg
Joshua Mangeot
Joshua Mangeot
  • Joshua Mangeot

  • Counsel
  • British Virgin Islands
Mirza Manraj
Mirza Manraj
  • Mirza Manraj

  • Counsel
  • Hong Kong
Elina Mantrali
Mirza Manraj
  • Elina Mantrali

  • Associate
  • Cyprus
Vanessa Molloy
Vanessa Molloy
  • Vanessa Molloy

  • Partner
  • Luxembourg
Andrea Moundi Savvides
Andrea Moundi Savvides
  • Andrea Moundi Savvides

  • Consultant
  • Cyprus
Marina Stavrou
Marina Stavrou
  • Marina Stavrou

  • Associate
  • Cyprus
Matt Taber
Matt Taber
  • Matt Taber

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands
Carolynn Vivian
Carolynn Vivian
  • Carolynn Vivian

  • Counsel
  • Cayman Islands

Luxembourg’s CSSF publishes FAQs on the application of MiFID to Investment Fund Managers

On 10 June 2021, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) published Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the application of MiFID to Luxembourg Investment Fund Managers (IFMs). The CSSF FAQs aim to clarify under what circumstances and to what extent MiFID applies to IFMs, their third-party delegates and their investment advisers.

Vanessa Molloy, Victor Le Pape

Sanctions update on Belarus

On 21 June 2021, the governments of the EU, UK, US and Canada issued a joint statement on the decision to impose increased sanctions on Belarus in response to the 23 May forced landing of a commercial Ryanair flight between Athens and Vilnius and the politically motivated arrest of journalist Raman Pratasevich and his companion Sofia Sapega, as well as to the continuing attack on human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Aki Corsoni-Husain

Luxembourg’s CSSF updates its FAQ on the status of Professionals in the Financial Sector

On 15 June 2021, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) published updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the status of Professionals of the Financial Sector (PFS) with respect to the PFS status relating to the granting of loans to the public, as per Article 28-4 of the Law of 5 April 1993 (here) on the financial sector (LFS).

Vanessa Molloy, Victor Le Pape

MONEYVAL’s Annual Report concludes that Europe needs to improve in fight against money laundering

On 4 July, the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL) published its Annual Report for 2020, finding that states and jurisdictions evaluated, show on average, only moderate levels of effectiveness in their efforts to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. As a consequence, on average, their level of compliance is below satisfactory in MONEYVAL’s opinion.

Andrea Moundi Savvides, Aki Corsoni-Husain

EU legislators reach political agreement on CBCR

On 1 June 2021, the European Union (EU) Council and the EU Parliament reached a provisional political agreement on the proposed directive on the disclosure of income tax information by certain undertakings and branches, commonly referred to as the country-by-country reporting (CBCR) directive. The public dimension of CBCR is not a new proposal having first been put forward in 2016 but the necessary EU wide political support for this measure only emerged earlier this year once a compromise text seemed possible.

Andrew Knight, Christophe Sicard

EBA initiates consultation on new guidelines in the area of AML and CFT

On 27 May 2021, the European Banking Authority (EBA) launched a public consultation on its new guidelines that set out how prudential supervisors, anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) supervisors and financial intelligence units should cooperate and exchange information in relation to AML/CFT, in line with provisions laid down in the Capital Requirements Directive.

Aki Corsoni-Husain