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    UCITS & AIFMD Revisions: Draft Sustainability Directive and Regulation

    Amendments to the UCITS and AIFMD legislative frameworks have been proposed on sustainability risks and sustainability factors to be taken into account for UCITS and AIFMs. 

    Asset Management & Investment Funds
  • Regulatory approaches to COVID-19
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    Regulatory approaches to COVID-19

    By dramatically curtailing many economic activities in Ireland and across the world, COVID-19 has had significant consequences for consumers and financial service providers.

    COVID-19
  • COVID-19: Analysis of CBI business interruption insurance supervisory framework
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    COVID-19: Analysis of CBI business interruption insurance supervisory framework

    Following political and media focus on insurers' approach to COVID-19 business interruption claims, the Central Bank of Ireland has published its COVID-19 and Business Interruption Insurance Supervisory Framework.

    COVID-19
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    Financial Services Regulation and Compliance - Insurance July 2020

    Domestically, the CBI published an updated guidance note on completing an application for authorisation as a retail intermediary; At European level, the European Commission has launched a public consultation as part of its review of the key elements of Solvency II.

    Financial Regulation
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    Financial Services Regulation and Compliance - Funds July 2020

    Domestically, the CBI has published a notice of intention in relation to the application of the ESMA guidelines on liquidity stress testing in UCITS and AIFs; At European level, the European Commission has published an updated notice to stakeholders concerning Brexit and EU rules in the area of post-trade financial services.

    Financial Regulation
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    Financial Services Regulation and Compliance - General Cross Sectoral July 2020

    Domestically, there was strong focus on the impact of COVID-19 on the financial sector generally, in the immediate and longer term, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on the wider economy; At European level, the European Commission also published a roadmap for sustainable finance.

    Financial Regulation
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    Financial Services Regulation and Compliance - Investment Firms July 2020

    Domestically, the CBI has published its regular markets update; At European level, ESMA postponed a number of implementation dates due to COVID-19, such as the implementation date for the CSDR settlement scheme. ESMA also published a number of reports and updates as the half-year mark has passed.

    Financial Regulation
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    Financial Services Regulation and Compliance - Banking July 2020

    Domestically, the banking sector is focused on COVID-19 as the pandemic continues; At European level, here was a focus on MREL this month, culminating in the publication of final draft ITS on 3 August 2020. COVID-19 continues to be prominent, with authorities issuing a number of statements and guidelines aimed at combatting the economic fallout of COVID-19

    Financial Regulation
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    Annual leave: Does the government’s ‘Green List’ mean go?

    Many employers have recently been reviewing their annual leave policies and addressing employees' annual leave requests, in circumstances where travel restrictions have been in place during the current pandemic.

    Pensions & Incentives
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    Nordic Aviation: Further endorsement of the Irish scheme of arrangement process

    The scheme of arrangement of Nordic Aviation Capital DAC had a number of innovative features and is another clear endorsement the scheme process can be used to implement complex, cross border restructurings.

    Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Top 5 features of the Companies (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020
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    Top 5 features of the Companies (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020

    The Companies (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020 is a welcome clarification of certain company law issues faced by companies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Corporate & M&A
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    New policy will see rise in electric vehicle charging points in NI

    Demand for hybrid and all-electric cars has increased dramatically in recent years across the world, thanks to significantly improved distance ranges on a single charge and a wide range of incentive schemes for buyers.

    Energy & Natural Resources Belfast