|Relevant to: Regulated Entities|
transfer of Russian securities to Russia (‘Forced Transfers’).
Through Circular C596, CySEC wishes with this Circular to inform the Regulated Entities on the matter of ‘Forced Transfers’.
The key takeaways from CySEC’s C596 circular can be found below:
1) According to Law 319-FZ, the owners of Russian issuers’ securities, or persons for whose benefit the securities are held, including local shares, bonds and Eurobonds, which were blocked for transfers by non-Russian custodians due to European Union Council’s Decisions and Regulations (EU Restrictive Measures) and/or other international sanctions, could transfer their rights in such securities from an account held with a non-Russian custodian opened with the Russian National Settlement Depository (the ‘NSD’) to an account opened with a Russian custodian (the ‘Forced Transfers’).
2) The Russian Federation Federal Law No.519-FZ came into force on 01/01/2023 (published on 19/12/2022) which introduced changes to Law 319-FZ, by including additional eligible cases for transfers of Russian securities out of foreign custody services providers. There is a dedicated FAQs section on the NSD website for applications on Forced.
3) Following the enactment of the Law 319-FZ, under these ‘Forced Transfers’ requests and according to CySEC’s understanding, the owners of Russian issuers’ securities were able to submit a set of identification and security-holding confirmation documents to the NSD or to Russian investment firms which maintained an account for the Russian issuers’ securities with the non-Russian custodian (e.g. Euroclear, Clearstream or any CIF). Upon successful application, the holders of Russian issuers’ securities could effectively transfer the custody of such securities to Russia.
4) CySEC requests the Regulated Entities with customers that proceeded with ‘Forced Transfers’ to fill-in the requested information included in the attached Excel file and inform CySEC by Monday, 25 September 2023, at the latest, using the email address email@example.com.
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