April 19, 2018
With the clock ticking, there is much speculation around which legislation will make the cut before a new European Commission and Parliament take the floor. Financial Services remains a sector of heated debate with high volatility and little margin for error. FTI Consulting has hedged its bets on which pieces of legislation may have an uptick or trend down in the coming months.
A relatively non-controversial proposal which is part of the Commission’s refit initiative to improve legislation and cut red tape through for instance simplifying trade reporting. Largely welcomed both by the co-legislators and the industry, discussions are moving forward steadily in both the Council and the European Parliament. With relatively small differences expected between the two texts, trilogue negotiations are also likely to move ahead smoothly.
Risk reduction for European banks with implementation of internationally agreed standards. The Council is close to an agreement and the European Parliament is in the midst of its intense work on compromise amendments. A trilogue agreement by next year will depend on both the EP and the Council’s willingness to come to swift compromises. Yet, politically speaking, this is one of the most important dossiers and international standards are at stake: we expect the co-legislators to pull through and find an agreement on this package.
Seen as an important step to achieve a single market for investment funds sales to show the EU is making progress in creating a Capital Markets Union. Despite a few controversial issues, such as the definition of pre-marketing and the role of the European Securities Markets Authority (ESMA) vs National Competent Authorities (NCAs), these largely technical matters could be resolved ‘relatively’ easily (in EU negotiation terms).
If you dare to take a more speculative position, we can suggest more volatile picks with potential higher returns yet greater risks.
Priority for the Commission. Not universally supported but progress is being made. Tax element remains the elephant in the room.
Negotiations have barely started, but the EP wants to move fast and in the Council reactions to the proposal have been mostly supportive.
A consumer friendly and simple measure ahead of the European elections.
The Brexit clock is ticking and that might force progress on this measure that is seen by many as key to safeguarding financial stability.