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DORA Compliance: Untangling Key Hurdles to Implementation
22 May 2024
Top Hurdles to DORA implementation The Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME), has released its latest publication on DORA (the EU’s Digital Operational Resilience Act). This milestone regulation on risk management for financial entities is coming into effect on the 17th January 2025. With various Level 2 instruments not due to be finalised until late in 2024, industry is under severe pressure in ensuring that the operational uplifts are securely in place. This paper sets out the scale of the challenge for banks, highlighting the 5 top issues which are currently being grappled with, as part of preparing for DORA. It is clear that a proportionate and risk-based approach to enforcement and supervision will be needed, certainly during the initial phases of implementation. The report also shows that in many instances, banks are having to establish new systems and frameworks, often through manually intensive processes. This can be seen for example with the incoming Registers of Information, despite the overlap with existing outsourcing registers. At times, the ability to finalise such remediations depends on the willingness of third-party providers, who are themselves out of scope of DORA. Looking forward, it is critical that the ESAs not only finalise as soon as possible the remaining regulatory standards, but proactively plan ahead and set out a timeframe for rationalising the regulatory burden on firms, in particular removing the incoming duplication with existing EBA requirements. For further information please contact the Tech&Ops team.
Capital Markets in the UK – Key Performance Indicators report
22 Apr 2024
The Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME), has today published the first edition of the ‘Capital Markets in the UK – Key Performance Indicators report’, tracking the progress of the United Kingdom’s capital markets against nine key performance indicators. This report is an extension of the sixth edition of AFME’s annual Capital Markets Union: Key Performance Indicators report, which tracks the development of the European capital markets ecosystem. The report shows a mixed picture for UK capital markets. Key strengths include; levels of corporate and SMEs funding, the continuance of the UK as a global hub for FX and interest rate derivatives, and a vibrant FinTech sector, with the UK leading across indicators such as the growth in the number of unicorns, innovation, and funding. However, despite these strengths, there are several weaker indicators. For instance, the decline in new equity listings (IPOs) is striking, with a near inactive market across 2023. This is coupled with a reduction in the number of foreign listed companies on UK markets. Looking forward, there are signs that the UK is well placed to expand and grow its domestic markets, with a large pool of underutilised capital, a high number of tech-startups, and the expansion and still further room for growth across key ESG metrics such as the issuance of green bonds. Further growth will be needed across these areas if the UK is to meet its climate goals and the competitiveness challenges that are faced by all economies across Europe. The next edition of this report, with H1 2024 data will be published in November 2024 and annual thereafter.
The role of capital markets in Germany - Five questions on the state of play, current opportunities, and themes for the future
20 Mar 2024
Download the German version of the reporthere. The Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) has today published a new report on the role of capital markets in Germany.This study, published in partnership with zeb Consulting, shows the potential that stronger financing via capital markets offers for Germany. Among the key findings, the report shows that for decarbonisation efforts alone, the bar is set very high in Germany. The German government has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Germany by at least 65% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels, under the Climate Protection Act. Key findings: Germany is lagging behind other countrieswith respect to capital markets financing. German companies rely almost exclusively on bank loanswhile households still avoid capital markets for investing and retirement provision. There is anannual funding gap of EUR 175 billionneeded to achieve the German government’s ambitious climate targets by 2030. There are increasing signsviews are changingwith respect to the role of the capital markets in the German financial system. In Germany, the proportion ofcapital marketinstrumentsis significantly lowerthan in other countries, however, anequity culture is growing among young investorsin Germany. TheGerman statutory pay-as-you-go pension system is beginning to falterin the face of an ageing society. To address this challenge, a pension scheme, partly based on capital markets funding, will be essential in the future. Capital markets could help to finance future investments in Germany, including via new sources of financing, such as securitisations.
Sustainable Finance in the EU: Priorities to unlock financing and investment
16 Nov 2023
The Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) has today published a new report 'Sustainable Finance in the EU: Priorities to unlock financing and investment'. The paper outlines AFME members’ views and recommendations on the functioning of the current EU sustainable finance framework and the implementation challenges that banks face in applying it to financing companies. The paper then highlights AFME’s constructive recommendations for policymakers, including how policymakers and regulators can further enable financial institutions in providing financing in support of climate, environmental and social goals. The report sets out five priority recommendations to address identified challenges: Maintain focus on establishing roadmaps, reducing regulatory barriers for the deployment of sustainable investment projects and providing incentives for the real economy transition; Ensure that the regulatory framework is achieving its goals, is coherent and usable in practice to promote and support sustainable finance (including transition finance); Provide a stable regulatory framework with time for implementation and review how it is working in practice, with targeted guidance/changes introduced where needed in consultation with market participants; Ensure that regulation is promoting investment and does not adversely impact the competitiveness of financial institutions or companies operating in the EU and internationally; and Enhance international coordination and improve international interoperability with other key jurisdictions. Alongside recommendations on improving the functioning of the EU regulatory framework, the report also sets out AFME’s recommendations in three further important areas which we see as priorities for EU policymakers: Facilitating transition finance; Developing carbon markets; and Scaling finance for nature.
Capital Markets Union Key Performance Indicators – Sixth Edition 2023
9 Nov 2023
Press releaseavailable inEnglish, French, German, Italian, Spanish Individual country analysis available for France, Germany, Italy, Spain The Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME), in collaboration with eleven other European and international organisations, has today published the sixth edition of the'Capital Markets Union – Key Performance Indicators'report, tracking the progress of Europe’s capital markets against nine key performance indicators. This year’s report shows a mixed picture, revealing no discernible medium-term advancement on the CMU key performance indicators. This edition also coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Single Market. Here too, the data points show minimal change in the development of the EU's capital markets on a global scale. Adam Farkas, Chief Executive of AFME, said:“All the planned measures from the CMU Action Plan of 2020 have now been delivered by the Commission and EU leaders earlier this year committed to finalising negotiations on any open CMU issues before the next EU elections. However, certain goals, such as rebalancing the EU's funding sources toward more market-based financing, channelling individual savings into productive investments, and integrating national capital markets to create a unified EU market have not yet materialised to any meaningful degree. “It is clear that the financing structure of the EU economy will need to adapt, and at pace, if it is to support the EU’s significant and transformative investment needs, including the fast-approaching climate goals of 2030, as well as its demographic and competitiveness challenges. “Ahead of the next legislative cycle commencing, a strategic discussion on the best way forward will take place within the Eurogroup to set out recommendations for the next Commission. These recommendations are highly anticipated by the capital markets industry. The growth of an integrated capital market for Europe must continue to be a key priority if the European Union is to achieve its dual goals of sustainable and digital economic transformation.”