ESAs (EBA, EIOPA, and ESMA) issued a statement that highlights the impact in the change of status of simple, transparent, and standardized (STS) securitization transactions after the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31, 2020. For a securitization transaction to qualify as an STS securitization, the Securitization Regulation (2017/2402) requires that the originator, sponsor, and the securitization special purpose vehicle (SSPE) be established in EU. Therefore, the securitization transactions labeled as “STS securitizations” will lose the STS status in EU in case one or all the securitization parties (originator, sponsor, SSPE) are established in the UK after the end of the transition period for Brexit. This will apply to STS asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) securitizations and STS non-ABCP securitizations.
ESMA is working with national competent authorities to ensure that the STS securitization public register of ESMA is up to date on January 01, 2021. The loss of STS status implies that the preferential capital treatment available for investments in this type of securitizations will come to an end. This will affect the institutional investors in EU, such as credit institutions and insurance entities, that hold positions in STS securitizations where the originator, sponsor, and/or SSPE are established in the UK. ESAs, therefore, advise these investors to assess the impact of this change of status on their balance sheet and investments ahead of December 31, 2020.
Keywords: Europe, EU, UK, Banking, Insurance, Securities, Brexit Transition, STS Securitization, Securitization Framework, ABCP Securitization, ESAs
Previous ArticleEBA Revises List of Deactivated Validation Rules for Bank Reporting
In a letter addressed to the industry, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) set out an updated schedule of policy priorities for the banking, insurance, and superannuation industries.
The European Commission (EC) adopted a comprehensive review package of Solvency II rules in the European Union.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued Versions 1.0 of the "Earnings" and "Regulatory Reporting" booklets of the Comptroller's Handbook.
The European Central Bank (ECB) published results of its economy-wide climate stress test, which aimed to assess the resilience of non-financial corporates and euro area banks to climate risks.
The European Banking Authority (EBA) published a report on the use of digital platforms in the banking and payments sector in European Union.
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) published updates on the policy measures that were announced in context of the ongoing pandemic.
The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), along with several other associations, submitted a joint response to the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) consultation on preliminary proposals for the prudential treatment of cryptoasset exposures.
BIS published the September issue of the Quarterly Review, which contains special features that analyze the rapid rise in equity funding for financial technology firms, the effectiveness of policy measures in response to pandemic, and the evolution of international banking.
The Basel Committee for Banking Supervision (BCBS) met in September 2021 and reviewed climate-related financial risks, discussed impact of digitalization, and welcomed efforts by the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation to develop a common set of sustainability reporting standards
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued a Cease and Desist Order against MUFG Union Bank for deficiencies in technology and operational risk governance.