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While economic factors and difficult market conditions have played a part in the decline of SPAC listings, the reach of the regulator’s latest rules has gone way beyond the US in hammering the sector
As the debate on whether a synthetic Libor rate is needed in US dollar continues, market participants make a case for its use in legacy bonds
The nascent sustainable securitisation space struggles with a lack of dedicated standards and inadequate data sets
In the EU, the Green Bond Standard was proposed to create a taxonomy-aligned framework for green bond issuers but there is uncertainty on how far the UK will align with the EU
Project linking exchanges across Africa faces an uphill struggle in intra-African trading due to regulatory fragmentation
Further clarity on how best to guard against greenwashing and support on additional costs incurred will improve overall effectiveness of the framework
The regulation will bring a unified approach to cryptoassets across the EU on issues such as AML, consumer protection and financial stability
Attributing much of the supervisory authority over cryptoassets to the CFTC, the bill has been seen as a welcome stepping-stone towards the establishment of a strong regulatory framework
While market sentiment appears to have improved on tech companies finding some breathing room, China has its work cut out to reclaim its momentum
While the long-standing project has paused, concurrent work on the CMU could be accelerated following vast changes in the industry brought about by digitalisation
Data gaps for SMEs create additional burdens for speciality finance transactions
The Securitisation Regulation’s failure to revive public markets in the EU has come under the spotlight as part of the article 46 regulatory review
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Primers

IFLR’s latest explainer looks at the impact of the PCAOB audit requirements on US-listed Chinese companies, the potential for an agreement and alternatives companies are considering
IFLR’s latest explainer looks at the Commission’s proposal on climate disclosures for issuers, for which the comment period will end on June 17
IFLR’s latest explainer looks at the impact of the rules on foreign investments and the implications of the newly added listing regulations for restricted sectors
In our latest explainer, we take a closer look at the new Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive, which replaces the Non-Financial Reporting Directive
This edition of IFLR’s free-to-read primer series looks at high frequency trading (HFT), exploring recent trends in the space and discussing assertions levelled against certain strategies
IFLR’s latest free-to-read explainer looks at direct listings and how they differ from traditional IPOs
IFLR’s latest free-to-read primer looks at Securities and Exchange Commission’s Regulation Best Interest, addressing what it is, what it does and related retail investor protection issues
In IFLR’s latest primer, we look at the significance of the UK Stewardship Code and how recent changes will impact asset management
In this IFLR’s explainer, we look at the significance of the EU’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) and how it affects investors
IFLR’s explainer series turns to the EU’s SFTR and how it will change securities lending and repo market practices
The Summer issue of IFLR Magazine is live, download the PDF now
As the UK and EU review the trading venue perimeter, market participants stress the importance of getting scope right
Amid growing conflicts between Democrats and Republicans, recent proposals from the SEC on ESG fund rules could be severely impeded
All the shortlisted deals, teams and firms of the year – winners will be announced on August 25
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