The UK regulator (FCA) has taken a pragmatic approach in developing its Overseas Fund Regime (OFR) specifying the process that European retail funds would have to follow to gain, and keep, access to the UK market. This regime, which will replace the Temporary Marketing Permission Regime (TMPR), offers a streamlined access to the UK market in comparison to the current and time-consuming recognition process which is open to all overseas funds (...)
Joint industry letter asks European Commission to delay technical changes by supervisors until broader review of SFDR is complete
In a joint letter, EFAMA, together with the European Banking Federation (EBF), Insurance Europe, European Savings and Retail Banking Group (ESBG), Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME), and the European Association of Cooperative Banks, have released a joint letter asking the European Commission to better coordinate the publication of new rules for the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR).
The proposal by the European Commission to amend the Benchmarks Regulation represents an overall welcome development in this field, seeking to introduce greater proportionality in the regulation of index providers. While we support the spirit of the proposal, EFAMA advocates retaining certain minimum safeguards applicable to non-significant benchmarks for the protection of users and end investors.
The Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) has promoted transparency in sustainable finance, however its use by market participants as a de facto ESG labelling regime has stretched it beyond its original intentions and not always been helpful. The current European Commission review needs to address how SFDR can provide clearer, more meaningful information for retail investors, promote transition finance, and align well with other relevant legislation.