REGULATORY CLIENT UPDATE / MAY 2023
The CSSF has extended its deadline for SFDR data collection exercise stating that the relevant information should be provided on a best-efforts-basis by 15 June 2023 (i.e. the initial deadline), and by 31 October 2023 at the latest.
Luxembourg Market Update:
The aggregate assets of Luxembourg-domiciled alternative investment funds amounted to €1,672bn at the end of last year, up 24% from a year earlier, according to the latest Management Companies study by PwC Luxembourg. The report's authors say the assets of non-regulated alternative funds reached more than €1,000bn, an increase of 45%, at a time when Luxembourg funds' total volume of assets under management fell from a record €5,315bn at the end of 2021 to €4,944bn (according to the CSSF's different criteria, the aggregate assets of UCITS and Part II funds, SIFs and SICARs declined by 14% from €5,859bn at the end of December 2021 to €5,028bn a year later). The PwC report says UCITS assets declined to €3,272bn at the end of last year, while their share of the industry total declined from 75% to 66%.
Regulatory Developments in and beyond Luxembourg:
6 April 2023: CSSF issues supervisory priorities in Sustainable Finance
The CSSF published its supervisory priorities in Sustainable Finance. As regards to the asset management industry, these comprise:
6 April 2023: CSSF updates its FAQ on virtual assets for UCIS
The CSSF has published an update of its Virtual Assets FAQ for Undertakings for Collective investment (UCIs).
The update contains a modification of question 2 on whether an AIF may invest in virtual assets and a new question 3 on the need for AIFs investing directly or indirectly in virtual assets to obtain the “Other-Other Fund-Virtual assets” licence to manage virtual assets. Question 3 A. states that while funds investing in virtual assets target funds should comply with the requirements established into the FAQ, similarly to any direct or indirect exposure, no application for the “Other-Other Fund-Virtual assets” licence is required, although indeed the authorisation to manage fund of funds is still mandatory.
11 April 2023: FinDatEx publishes EMT v4.1
FinDatEx has published v4.1 of the European MiFID Template (EMT). It contains ten new optional fields to comply with the upcoming UK consumer duty regime, which applies as of 31 July 2023 for financial products and services. According to FinDatEx, the UK FCA expects manufacturers to communicate the outcome of their initial assessment by end of April.
The EMT v4.1 will be used in parallel with v4.0, depending on whether a product is being distributed into the UK or not.
12 April 2023: ESAs launch consultation on PAI and financial product disclosures
The three European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA and ESMA – ESAs) have published a Consultation Paper with amendments to the Delegated Regulation of the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR).
The ESAs are proposing changes to the disclosure framework to address issues that have emerged since the introduction of SFDR, which concerns sustainability indicators in relation to principal adverse impacts as, and to propose amendments to RTS on pre-contractual and periodic documents or and on website product disclosures for financial products, to include greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets, including intermediary targets and milestones and actions pursued.
14 April 2023: EC publishes answers to ESAs SFDR questions and amendments to existing answers
The European Commission (EC) has published answers to the European Supervisory Authorities’ (ESAs) questions relating to the interpretation of SFDR that were issued in September 2022. Of note, the answers cover:
In addition, the EC issued amendments regarding existing answers to SFDR interpretation questions that were submitted by the ESAs and adopted on 6 July 2021 and 13 May 2022. The related decision by the EC is available on the Commission’s website.
20 April 2023: EU Parliament votes in favour of MiCA
The EU Parliament voted in favour of the Markets in Crypto-asset Regulation (MiCA) delivering its final blessing on the draft law that was informally agreed in June 2022 with the Council. The next step is the formal endorsement by the Council leading to the publication of the EU Official Journal which will trigger the entry into force of the Regulation 20 days later. Considering the transitional period, the MiCA provision will take effect in 2024.
4 May 2023: CSSF extends deadline for SFDR data collection exercise
On 4 May 2023, the CSSF informed the industry about a deadline extension for the SFDR data collection exercise about pre-contractual disclosures launched on 24 March 2023. The CSSF states that the information is to be provided on a best effort basis by 15 June 2023 (i.e. the initial deadline), and by 31 October 2023 at the latest. The CSSF further reminds that after the initial declaration, Financial Market Participants (“FMPs”) remain responsible for ensuring that the information provided is being kept up to date and that in case of changes to the pre-contractual documents/templates, FMPs must update the data reported under the SFDR data collection by transmitting subsequent declarations.
5 May 2023: CSSF FAQ on SFDR
The CSSF has updated the document its FAQ document on SFDR which is available here. Of note:
16 May 2023: Circular CSSF 23/833 – Requests and reporting to the CSSF
The new Circular CSSF 23/833 repeals Circulars CSSF 08/334 (on encryption specifications for reporting firms) and CSSF 08/344 (on the provisions relating to the transmission of reporting files to the CSSF). It describes the means of communication between professionals and the CSSF.
16 May 2023: Law implementing DAC 7 in Luxembourg
The Luxembourg Parliament has adopted a law amending Directive 2011/16/EU on administrative cooperation in the field of taxation (“DAC 7”).
The law contains several provisions that complement and extend existing domestic rules on tax transparency and exchange of information. These include:
17 May 2023: Parliament adopts law on Whistleblower Protection
The law transposing the EU Directive 2019/1937 was published in the Official Memorial. The new law requires entities in the financial, private and public sector to implement internal and external reporting channels for whistleblowers and specific arrangements for their protection. Since the law goes far beyond existing requirements, many entities in scope will have to update their systems or implement new ones.
24 May 2023: European Commission releases Retail Investment Package
The European Commission has published its Retail Investment Strategy (RIS) package. The proposed legislative measures consist of an Omnibus amending Directive with five main sections referring to the different Directives to be amended, i.e. MiFID II, IDD, Solvency II, UCITS/AIFMD and of a draft regulation amending the PRIIPs Regulation.
26 May 2023: Survey in relation to Circular CSSF 21/769 on Teleworking
The CSSF has informed supervised entities that it is performing a data collection exercise, as part of the requirement of Circular CSSF 21/769, as amended. A short questionnaire addressed to selected supervised entities will be sent in the near future.
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