Following the announcement of the delay to the mandatory buy-in regime late last year, more detail about proposed changes to the rules should emerge later in 2022. We look at the key challenges for market participants.
As EMIR moves into its second decade later this year, we will continue to see developments in the regulatory landscape, with remaining aspects of EMIR REFIT and EMIR 2.2 making their way through the legislative process. Further changes reflecting wider developments, such as interest rate reform, are also expected.
ESG: the outlook for derivatives and structured products
ESG regulation continues to gather pace in both the EU and the UK and a number of innovative ESG-linked derivatives and structured products are emerging. We look back at what happened in 2021 and what to expect in 2022.
The fintech, distributed ledger technology and cryptoassets markets continued to develop extremely rapidly in 2021 and this looks set to continue. Moving into 2022, we discuss the main themes that we see in these markets so far as they relate to derivatives and structured products.
Interest rates – moving into the new risk-free rate environment
Despite the majority of LIBOR settings ceasing or becoming non-representative at the end of 2021, we expect interest rate reform to remain an area of focus for regulators and market participants in 2022. We look ahead to some of the key regulatory developments and documentation in the new risk-free rate landscape.
Manufacturers of retail structured products will be keeping a close eye on a wave of regulatory developments in 2022, including the publication of the EU’s Retail Investment Strategy, diverging amendments to the PRIIPS regimes in the UK and the EU and the introduction of a new Consumer Duty by the UK FCA.