Featured Product

    ECB to Supervise Systemic Entities Under Investment Firms Regime

    June 25, 2021

    ECB announced that it will take over the supervision of the largest and most systemic investment firms under the Investment Firms Directive and Regulation (IFD and IFR), which applies as of June 26, 2021. These investment firms must apply for a banking license and will thus be supervised by ECB going forward. The first set of investment firms newly authorized as banks are expected to be added to the list of supervised banks in the second half of 2021, thus becoming subject to the European Banking Supervision.

    With the new regime just around the corner, large investment firms need to prepare. Firms that qualify as a credit institution should gather the detailed information required for license application. This includes information on the capital position, business plan, financial projections, operational structure, governance arrangements, internal controls, and risk management. There will also be important changes to supervision. If the new credit institution—that is, the investment firm with a new license—is considered significant under the applicable criteria, it will be directly supervised by ECB. If it is classified as less significant, the national competent authority will be responsible for its direct supervision. ECB encourages large investment firms to reach out to their national supervisors to start a dialog on the transition to the new regime. 

    ECB will assess applications using its established processes for the licensing of credit institutions. This means that the entry point for all applications is the national supervisor of the country where the credit institution will be located, irrespective of whether the significance criteria are met or not. The national supervisors and ECB cooperate closely throughout the licensing process. However, ECB is ultimately responsible for making licensing decisions on all applicant credit institutions. While waiting for the new license to be granted, an investment firm may continue to provide services under its current investment firm license, although this will ultimately depend on how a member state transposes the rules. While waiting for the new license to be granted, an investment firm may continue to provide services under its current investment firm license, although this will ultimately depend on how a member state transposes the rules. 

    The new rules are intended to better reflect the actual risks taken by the different types of investment firms and to make the supervision of such firms more effective. The new regime introduces various categories of investment firms. Large investment firms carry out bank-like activities, meaning that they take on credit and risks (the same types of risks that banks are exposed to). Under the new rules, an investment firm qualifies as a credit institution if it deals on its own account or underwrites or places financial instruments on a firm commitment basis and has total assets of more than EUR 30 billion. Classification as a credit institution is either on a stand-alone basis or on a combined basis. A firm qualifies as a credit institution on a combined basis if it belongs to a group of entities that individually have assets below EUR 30 billion but whose total assets when combined reach or exceed this figure. Smaller investment firms will be subject to a new regime that is more tailored to their activities, risk profile and size.

     

    Related Links

    Keywords: Europe, EU, Banking, Securities, IFR/IFD, SSM, Systemic Risk, Investment Firms, Banking Supervision, ECB

    Related Articles
    News

    BoE Consults on Approach to Setting MREL, Publishes Bail-In Guidance

    The Bank of England (BoE) published a consultation paper on approach to setting minimum requirement for own funds and eligible liabilities (MREL), an operational guide on executing bail-in, and a statement from the Deputy Governor Dave Ramsden.

    July 22, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    EBA Seeks Views on Proportionality Assessment Methodology

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) is seeking preliminary input on standardization of the proportionality assessment methodology for credit institutions and investment firms.

    July 22, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    US Agencies Propose Changes to Call Reports and Instructions

    Certain regulatory authorities in the US are extending period for completion of the review of certain residential mortgage provisions and for publication of notice disclosing the determination of this review until December 20, 2021.

    July 22, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    PRA Finalizes Rulebook Definition of Higher Paid Material Risk-Taker

    The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published the policy statement PS18/21, which introduces an amendment in the definition of "higher paid material risk taker" in the Remuneration Part of the PRA Rulebook.

    July 21, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    EBA Examines Asset Encumbrance in Banking Sector

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published its annual report on asset encumbrance in banking sector.

    July 21, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    EBA Publishes Methodological Guide to Mystery Shopping

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published a methodological guide to mystery shopping.

    July 21, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    APRA Issues Update on Capital Reform Policy Settings for Banks

    The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) released a letter to authorized deposit-taking institutions to provide an update on key policy settings for the capital framework reforms, which will come into effect from January 01, 2023.

    July 21, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    CPMI-IOSCO Assess Continuity Planning of Market Infrastructures

    The Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a report that assesses the business continuity planning activities of financial market infrastructures or FMIs.

    July 21, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    BoE Announces Changes to Validation Rules for Form BTL

    The Bank of England (BoE) published questions and answers (Q&A) on OSCA to BEEDS migration for statistical reporting as well a presentation from the project overview session held with statistical reporters.

    July 20, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    BCBS Proposes Changes to Process for Reviewing G-SIB Methodology

    The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) is consulting on a technical amendment to the Basel Framework to reflect a new process reviewing the global systemically important bank (G-SIB) assessment methodology.

    July 20, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    RESULTS 1 - 10 OF 7281