As we approach the home stretch of the ‘Juncker’ mandate, the European Commission last week seized what was widely seen as one of its final opportunities to put forward new legislative proposals in sufficient time for them to be signed off before elections in 2019. The EU’s executive may have realised just in time that the pace of…

Data collated by the University of Cambridge shows that year-on-year growth in the provision of alternative finance – predominantly crowdfunding – has been running at an impressive pace within the EU. To illustrate, since 2014 it grew by 92% to reach a value of €5.4 billion in 2015. If this is indeed the case one…

EU Member States’ experts on financial services policy will get back to the negotiating table in September to start substantive talks on the European Commission (EC) proposal to amend the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). This seeks to enhance the EU’s supervision of euro-denominated derivatives’ clearing in light of Brexit, potentially by bringing the bulk…

When the EU’s history is told, the years between 2017 and 2019 will be remembered largely for the period of Brexit negotiations. For the first time in the 60 years of European integration, a Member State will leave the EU. The impact of the UK’s departure will be felt on many policy issues, ranging from the single market to the…

The 2008 financial crisis put regulation of financial markets firmly atop  the agenda of EU policymakers, with more than forty legislative proposals put forward by the European Commission in the years since. These initiatives touch upon all areas of the financial spectrum, from banks and asset managers, to securities markets and financial market infrastructures. These reforms –…