Regulatory Developments

We would like to draw your attention to Circular C181 (“the Circular”) issued by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (“CySEC”) on 2 February 2017, regarding the obligations of CIFs when providing information to clients on the services and instruments offered. In consideration of ESMA’s publication of the paper ESMA/2015/1886 – Guidelines for the assessment of knowledge and competence (“the Guidelines“) on 17 December 2015 and in preparation for its entry...
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We would like to draw your attention to Circular C162 issued by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (“CySEC”) on 10 October 2016 regarding the “Capital adequacy requirements – Change in the treatment of the Investors Compensation Fund Contribution’’. CySEC wishes to inform the Cyprus Investment Firms (“CIFs”) regarding the following: According to the Investment Services and Activities and Regulated Markets Law (“the Law”) and Directive DI144-2007-15...
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We would like to draw your attention to Consultation Paper CP (2016-10) (hereafter “the Consultation Paper”) issued by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (“CySEC”) on 27 October 2016 regarding a proposed Circular on the requirements for the safeguarding of clients’ funds. The Consultation Paper will be addressed to all Cyprus Investment Firms (hereafter the “CIFs”) and the main points outlined therein relate to the...
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    We would like to bring your attention to the proposed amendments to the AIF Law and the AIFM Law set out in the Consultation Paper CP(2016-03) circulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission on the 22nd of April 2016. 1.Introduction of a new AIF type: Registered Alternative Investment Funds Registered AIFs may operate as open or closed-ended AIFs taking the following legal...
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The risks associated with business models and profitability, credit risk, capital adequacy, data quality and liquidity are the five priority areas for the supervision of credit institutions in the Euro area in 2016, according to the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM), the ECB’s watchdog, who plans to initiate a series of regulatory initiatives in each of these key areas. Other secondary risks that continue to attract high...
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