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CySEC – Circular 445

CySEC – Circular 445

 

The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a Circular 445 on the 26th of April 2021, with subject of (Extension of reporting/notification deadlines), informing the Cyprus Investment Firms (CIFs), that due to COVID-19 and in an effort to ensure operational continuity, the deadlines for a submission to CySEC of the following reports/notification are extended.

   Annual reports/notifications

  1. Annual Compliance Function Report
  2. Annual Risk Management Report
  3. Annual Internal Audit Report 
  4. Annual Audited Financial Statements 
  5. Annual Auditors’ Suitability Report
 

Due to the aforementioned and in order to help with any uncertainty and disruption to the CIFs’ business operations, CySEC will comprehend a delay of two (2) months to submit the above listed reports/notifications that would otherwise have been due April 30, 2021. 

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CySEC – Circular 437

CySEC – Circular 437

The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a Circular 437 on the 21st of April 2021, with subject of (Common weaknesses/deficiencies and good practices identified during the onsite inspections performed in relation to the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing), which relates to the following Regulated Entities:

  1. CIFs 
  2. ASPs 
  3. UCITS Management Companies 
  4. Internally managed UCITS 
  5. AIFMs 
  6. Internally managed AIFs 
  7. Internally managed AIFLNPs 
  8. Companies with sole purpose the management of AIFLNPs

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CySEC – Circular 433

CySEC – Circular 433 


The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission
has issued a Circular 433 on the 16th of March 2021, with subject of (Requirements of the Portuguese Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘CMVM’) regarding the appointment of tied agents in the territory of Portugal), which hereby draws the attention of the Cyprus Investment Firms (the ‘CIFs’), which intend to appoint Tied Agents to offer their services in the territory of Portugal, to CMVM’s regulatory rules regarding the persons that are allowed to provide such services.

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FSA Seychelles – Circular No 3 of 2021

FSA Seychelles – Circular No 3 of 2021  

 

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) of Seychelles has issued the Circular No. 3 on the 5th of March 2021, with subject of (Acceptance of digitally signed documents) and the aim of notifying all stakeholders of the Financial Services Authority’s (the Authority) acceptance of electronic documents that have been digitally signed and should be read in conjunction with the previously issued Circular No.13 of 2020 which outlines the current framework for authentication and acceptance of digital signatures.

In line with the Electronic Transactions Act, 2001 and the Electronic Transactions (Affixing of Digital Signature) Regulations, 2018, the Authority has taken a policy decision to accept only documents which are digitally signed using digital certificates issued by certifying authorities from DocuSign. The principal reason for such stems from an assured validation process which provides additional security to the Authority. 

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CySEC – Circular 432

CySEC – Circular 432

The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a Circular 432 on the 16th of March 2021, with subject of (Opinion of the European Banking Authority on the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing affecting the European Union’s financial sector), which relates to the following Regulated Entities:

  1. CIFs
  2. ASPs
  3. UCITS Management Companies
  4. Internally managed UCITS
  5. AIFMs
  6. Internally managed AIFs
  7. Internally managed AIFLNPs
  8. Companies with sole purpose the management of AIFLNPs

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FCA UK – Brexit Countdown

FCA UK – Brexit Countdown for UK financial services sector
 

Issued on 24 December 2020 

With one week to go until the end of the Brexit transition period, the FCA is urging financial services companies to ensure they are ready. Customers should also be aware of any changes that may apply to them. Irrespective of the outcome of the negotiations between the UK and the EU on a free trade agreement, firms will need to be prepared for the end of the transition period.

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CySEC – Circular 418

CySEC – Circular 418

The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a Circular 418 on 27th of November 2020, with subject of (Enhancement of procedures regarding safeguarding of client funds held by CIFs)

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FCA UK – Cutover plan for firms migrating to FCA FIRDS and FITRS after the Brexit transition period

FCA UK – Cutover plan for firms migrating to FCA FIRDS and FITRS after the Brexit transition period
 

At the end of the transition period on 31 December, the EU Securities & Markets Authority (ESMA) will switch off the FCA’s access to 2 key systems that are needed to operate the MiFID regime. 

The FCA has built equivalent systems for UK MiFID reporting – the FCA Financial Instruments Transparency System (FCA FITRS) and FCA Financial Instruments Reference Data System (FCA FIRDS).

Firms can currently use these systems for testing, however both systems will be unavailable from 16 December 2020 until 2 January 2021 while they rebuild their data.

Find out more about the cutover plan for FCA FIRDS and FCA FITRS.

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FSA Seychelles – Circular No 13 of 2020

FSA Seychelles – Circular No 13 of 2020  

 

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) of Seychelles has issued the Circular No 13 on the 13th of October 2020, with subject of (Acceptance of digitally signed documents) and the aim of notifying all stakeholders of the Financial Services Authority’s (“the Authority”) acceptance of electronic documents that have been digitally signed, in accordance with the Seychelles’ legislations.

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CySEC – Circular 419

CySEC – Circular 419 – Regulation (EU) No 2017/2402

The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a Circular 419 on 2nd of December 2020, with subject of (Regulation (EU) No 2017/2402 on creating a single framework for simple, transparent and standarised securitisation), which relates to the following Regulated Entities:

  1. Cyprus Investment Firms (CIFs)
  2. Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMs)
  3. UCITS and UCITS management companies
  4. Third party certification service providers
  5. Securitisation Special Purpose Entities (SSPEs)1

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