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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

ESAs remind consumers about crypto-asset risks

On 17 March 2021, the European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA and ESMA – the ESAs) issued a reminder alert to consumers that some crypto-assets are highly risky and speculative and, as stated back in February 2018 in the ESAs’ then joint warning, users must be alert to the high risks of buying and/or holding these instruments, including the possibility of losing all their money.

George Apostolou

ESAs issued a supervisory statement on the application of the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR)

On 25 February 2021, the three European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA and ESMA-ESAs) published a joint supervisory statement on the effective and consistent application and national supervision of the Regulation on sustainability-related disclosures in the financial services sector (SFDR), promoting a level playing field and the protection of investors.

Vanessa Molloy

Update on the EU’s Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation

On 24 September 2020 the European Commission released a 168-page proposal for its long-anticipated pan-EU Markets in Cryptoassets (MiCA) Regulation. The MiCA Regulation forms part of the Commission’s Digital Finance Package, setting out new measures designed to support the development of distributed ledger technologies in the EU.

Aki Corsoni-Husain, Marina Stavrou,
Victor Le Pape

EBA informs customers of UK financial institutions about the end of the Brexit transition period

On 8 December 2020, the European Banking Authority informed customers of UK financial institutions that, owing to Brexit, EU law will cease being applicable in the UK as of 1 January 2021.  From that date onwards, UK financial institutions not holding a valid authorisation from the supervisory authorities in the EU will lose the right to provide financial services in the EU.

Victor Le Pape

EBA opines for EU Commission to set up a single rulebook in combating money laundering and terrorist financing

On 10 September 2020, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published its response to the European Commission’s call for advice on how to strengthen the European Union (EU) legal framework on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism. The European Commission issued this call for advice to the EBA to benefit from its technical expertise across all areas of financial services regulation, as well as EBA’s legal duty to lead, coordinate and monitor the EU financial sector’s fight against money laundering/terrorist financing.

Andrea Moundi Savvides, Andreas Stavrou

EBA endorses the EU Commission’s invite for assessment of the AML/CFT framework

On 19 August 2020, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published its response to the European Commission’s action plan for a comprehensive policy on preventing money laundering and terrorism financing (ML/TF). The EBA is of the view that a comprehensive assessment of the current EU Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) framework is necessary to ensure that the EU and its component parts are equipped to tackle ML/TF more effectively and efficiently.

Andrea Moundi Savvides, Andreas Stavrou

EBA and ESMA launch consultation to revise joint guidelines on fit and proper assessments

The European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Supervisory Market Authority (ESMA) launched a public consultation on 31 July 2020 on their revised joint Guidelines on the suitability requirements for senior management of regulated institutions (Joint Guidelines). The revised version will replace previous guidelines issued in 2017.

Chiara Deceglie, Vanessa Molloy,
Aki Corsoni-Husain, Marina Stavrou