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ESMA Templates and Securitization Repository RTS Enter into Force

On September 3, 2020, the remaining regulatory technical standards (RTS) of the Securitization Regulation completed their scrutiny period and were confirmed and published by the European Parliament in the Official Journal[1]. This legislative act comes one year and nine months after the Securitization Regulation formally entered into force and thus formalistically completes the transition from the current regulatory regime into the new one. The approved RTS will enter into force on September 23, 2020 and will bring substantial changes to the market mechanics. The following text was compiled in order to help the reader to better understand the market impact.

PwC Live-Webcast: Responding to the impacts of COVID-19

The current CoViD-19 situation is evolving dynamically. While the immediate focus is on making sure that as many people can be treated medically in appropriate and life saving ways, business matters come to the fore due to more and more constraints and interrupted supply chains and subsequent impact on financial institutions’ business models.

How are businesses coping with the situation globally? Which conclusions can be drawn so far? What should businesses look at to react effectively, protect employees and maintain their brand value?

Those and further issues will be discussed in our live webcast “Responding to the impacts of CoViD-19” on March 19, 2020 at 2pm CET to which we would like to invite you.

Please register here.


When: Thursday March 19, 2020 | 2.00 – 2.45pm CET (webcast opens 1:55pm CET)

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We are looking forward to welcome you and your colleagues to the webcast.

Integration von FinTechs in das Risikomanagement von Banken

Der digitale Wandel trifft den Finanzsektor derzeit stark. Bankkunden verlangen mehr und mehr digitale Dienstleistungen von „ihrer“ Hausbank. Banken müssen somit neue digitale Dienstleistungen für ihre Kunden entwickeln und gleichzeitig ihre veraltete IT und Prozesse modernisieren. In diese „Lücke“ sind nun die FinTechs getreten und rauben den etablierten Banken nach und nach Marktanteile.

Banken sind somit gezwungen, schnellstmöglich digital „nachzurüsten“ – sowohl bei ihrem digitalen Kundenangebot als auch bei den eigenen Prozessen. Zusätzlich bieten sich dadurch im derzeitigen Niedrig-Zinsumfeld wiederum neue Ertragsquellen und Wachstumschancen. Aktuell besteht eine hohe Investitionsbereitschaft im Bereich Digitalisierung, insbesondere im Private Banking, Wealth Management und Transaction Banking.

Capital Markets Blog Series – Part II: The mechanisms and key objectives of the Capital Markets Union key building blocks

Banking Union and Capital Markets Union: Objectives and state of play

One of the conclusions of the financial crisis from a political and supervisory perspective was that the European banking system requires a uniform supervision across the EU. As part of the Banking Union roadmap, EU institutions agreed to establish a single supervisory mechanism (SSM), a single rulebook for banking regulation (CRD/CRR) and a single resolution mechanism (SRM) for banks. While the SSM and SRM have become an integral part of the prudential banking supervision and are fully operational, the implementation of a single European deposit insurance (EDIS) is still missing in order to complete the Banking Union roadmap. However, the implemented regulatory actions and the enforcement of supervisory expectations have subsequently led to a substantially more resilient banking system evidenced by an improvement of all material regulatory ratios for capital and liquidity as well as for resolvability.[1]

Capital Markets Blog Series – Part I: Capital Market Structure and Market Participants

Capital Markets Blog Series – Part I: Capital Market Structure and Market Participants

Brexit will almost inevitably initiate a transition towards a new EU27 Capital Market, needed to finance European economic growth and development in times of political uncertainty and technological disruption. Based on the publication of our Thought Paper “The Development of European Capital Markets Post-Brexit”, this blog will focus on EU27 Capital Markets structures and participants.  Further posts will focus on the main areas and the progress of the Capital Markets Union (CMU), which we consider the most important regulatory condition for the future development of EU27 Capital Markets.[1]

BaFin and Bundesbank consult MaSanV

On 25 April 2019, BaFin, in agreement with the Deutsche Bundesbank, submitted the Mindestanforderungen an Sanierungspläne für Institute und Wertpapierfirmen (MaSanV)[1] for consultation.

The MaSanV-E will replace the MaSan after its entry into force. In addition, it will transpose into German law the EBA guidelines on the range of scenarios to be used in recovery plans (EBA/GL/2014/06) and the EBA Guidelines on the minimum list of qualitative and quantitative recovery plan indicators (EBA/GL/2015/02), and will concretise the provisions of the Delegate Regulation (EU) No. 2016/1075.

This creates the necessary requirements for the reorganisation planning of less significant institutions (LSI) as well as of institutions, which belong to an institution protection system (IPS).

As a result, the MaSanV will become the central legal norm, especially for smaller banks, alongside the German Sanierungs- und Abwicklungsgesetz (SAG).

BaFin und Bundesbank konsultieren MaSanV

Die BaFin hat am 25. April 2019 im Einvernehmen mit der Deutschen Bundesbank die Verordnung zu den Mindestanforderungen an Sanierungspläne für Institute und Wertpapierfirmen (MaSanV) zur Konsultation gestellt.

Der MaSanV-E wird nach Inkrafttreten zum einen die MaSan ersetzen. Darüber hinaus wird er die Leitlinien der EBA[1] über die bei Sanierungsplänen zugrunde zu legende Bandbreite an Szenarien (EBA/GL/2014/06) und die Leitlinien der EBA zur Mindestliste der qualitativen und quantitativen Indikatoren an Sanierungspläne (EBA/GL/2015/02) in deutsches Recht umsetzen und die Regelungen der Delegierten Verordnung (EU) Nr. 2016/1075 konkretisieren.

Dadurch werden die notwendigen Vorgaben zur Sanierungsplanung von weniger bedeutenden Instituten (LSI) sowie von Instituten, die einem institutsspezifischem Sicherungssystem (IPS) angehören, geschaffen.

Im Ergebnis wird die MaSanV vor allem für kleinere Häuser zur zentralen Rechtsnorm neben dem Sanierungs- und Abwicklungsgesetz (SAG) werden.

SRB Brexit position paper to ensure resolvability

The Single Resolution Board (SRB) pointed out in a position paper[1]  that banks have to be compliant with essential regulatory requirements (e.g. for MREL, continuity concepts, staffing) irrespective of the upcoming Brexit. After Brexit the European Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) will lose its binding effect for institutions domiciled in Great Britain.[2]  The SRB therefore formulates its regulatory expectations for banks that a) relocate their operations to one of the EU27 countries (incoming banks) or b) have their head office in the EU27 and establish or expand their activities in Great Britain or a third country (outgoing banks).

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