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EPTA Position Papers

  • Response by FIA EPTA to the Financial Conduct Authority Consultation Paper on enhancing climate-related disclosures by standard listed companies and seeking views on ESG topics in capital markets, (CP21/18**)

    FIA EPTA welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Consultation Paper on enhancing climate-related disclosures by standard listed companies and seeking views on ESG topics in capital markets. FIA EPTA members welcome the actions and responsibilities taken by the Government of the United Kingdom to work towards the common goals of reaching climate neutrality in 2050.

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  • FIA EPTA Response to the Consultative Document “Prudential treatment of cryptoasset exposures by the Basel Committee

    FIA EPTA welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Basel Committee Consultative Document “Prudential treatment of cryptoasset exposures”, dated June 2021. The discussions within the Basel Committee and this Consultative Document are very timely. We have reached a pivotal moment for the adoption of innovative technologies that will improve capital markets by verifiable and transparent information, higher efficiency of clearing and settlement and more liquidity. New digital assets are emerging that promise greater stability, wider acceptance and increase possible uses.

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  • FIA EPTA response to the Consultation Paper on the clearing and derivative trading obligations in view of the benchmark transition

    The FIA European Principal Traders Association (FIA EPTA) appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) to the Consultation Paper on the clearing and derivative trading obligations in view of the benchmark transition. We encourage ESMA to incorporate ongoing flow trading data into its analysis. Data regarding daily trading activity is important when making liquidity assessments and monitoring the market’s ongoing transition to new benchmark rates.

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  • FIA EPTA and FIA Comment on European Commission’s Platform on Sustainable Finance Draft

    FIA and FIA EPTA submitted comments to the European Commission (EC) call for feedback on the Platform on Sustainable Finance’s draft proposal for an extended taxonomy to support economic transition. FIA and FIA EPTA members largely and recognize the desire to further expand the Taxonomy regulation. However, FIA and FIA EPTA members believe it is too early to broaden the scope of the taxonomy too widely as the existing Taxonomy regulation has only just come into force and needs time to demonstrate its impact on the market.

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  • European Commission consultation on permanently lowering the relevant threshold for the notification of significant net short positions in shares

    FIA EPTA welcomes the opportunity to respond to the European Commission’s consultation on permanently lowering the relevant threshold for the notification of significant net short positions in shares. Short selling plays an important role in ensuring the proper functioning of financial markets in terms of liquidity and efficiency of price formation. It enables investors to manage risk and marketmakers to facilitate risk transfer for others by hedging their positions through buying and selling shares.

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  • FIA EPTA response to the European Commission public consultation on a retail investment strategy for Europe

    FIA EPTA appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback to the European Commission Public consultation on a retail investment strategy for Europe. FIA EPTA members believe that the current retail investor protection framework is an important tool to ensure retail participation in capital markets. However, an update is necessary. Over the past years, retail participation on lit markets has gone down, and the ways in which retail investors participate in the markets has changed.

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  • FIA EPTA response to the European Commission public consultation on a retail investment strategy for Europe

    The FIA European Principal Traders Association (FIA EPTA) appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback to the European Commission Public consultation on a retail investment strategy for Europe. The FIA European Principal Traders Association (FIA EPTA) appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback to the European Commission Public consultation on a retail investment strategy for Europe. FIA EPTA members believe that the current retail investor protection framework is an important tool to ensure retail participation in capital markets. However, an update is necessary. Over the past years, retail participation on lit markets has gone down, and the ways in which retail investors participate in the markets has changed. New technologies and platforms have emerged and are rapidly changing how retail investors interact with the market.

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  • Response by FIA EPTA to the EBA consultation on Draft Regulatory Technical Standards on the reclassification of investment firms as credit institutions in accordance with Article 8a (6)(b) of Directive 2013/36/EU

    FIA EPTA welcomes the opportunity to respond to the EBA’s consultation paper (the Consultation Paper) on proposed revised Regulatory Technical Standards relating to the reclassification of investment firms as credit institutions in accordance with Article 8a(6)(b) of Directive 2013/36/EU (the Reclassification RTS). FIA EPTA has consistently welcomed the new prudential regime for investment firms contained in the Investment Firm Regulation and Directive (IFR/IFD), which is aimed at creating a tailored and proportionate prudential framework for firms such as those we represent.

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  • FIA EPTA Response to the Bank of England Consultation on the Derivatives clearing obligation

    FIA EPTA welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Bank of England on its proposal to amend the derivatives clearing obligation to reflect interest rate benchmark reform. FIA EPTA has consistently supported the G20 reforms to the OTC derivatives markets, which have made these markets more open, competitive, and transparent

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  • FIA EPTA response to UK Government (BEIS) consultation on “Restoring trust in audit and corporate governance.”

    FIA EPTA members are supportive of measures to enhance transparency, corporate governance, and good market conduct and are generally supportive of many provisions in the Consultation. However, we note below the areas where we have concerns and believe further work and public consultation would be needed in order for the UK to develop an appropriate, proportionate regime that supports good corporate governance, the reputation of the UK as a good place to do business, and the competitiveness of the UK economy

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