Corporate weekly highlights—25 April 2019

Corporate weekly highlights—25 April 2019

This week’s edition of Corporate highlights includes the European Parliament resolutions on the Commission’s proposal for a directive amending Directive (EU) 2017/1132 as regards cross-border conversions, mergers and divisions, for a directive amending Directive (EU) 2017/1132 regarding the use of digital tools and processes in company law and for a regulation to amend the Market Abuse Regulation and the new Prospectus Regulation as regards the promotion of the use of SME growth markets. It also covers the CMA’s final report into the UK statutory audit market and the FCA’s approach to supervision and enforcement.

In this issue:

Equity Capital Markets (AIM)

Commission welcomes progress as European Parliament approves CMU package including reform to covered bonds, SME growth markets, sustainability disclosures and EMIR

The European Commission has welcomed the European Parliament's final votes on legislation putting in place the building blocks of a capital markets union, including the adoption of the Commission's proposal for a regulation to amend the Market Abuse Regulation and the Prospectus Regulation on the promotion of the use of SME growth markets.

For further information, see: LNB News 18/04/2019 36.

Company incorporation

Directive requiring online company registration passes through parliament

Directive 2017/1132/EU—first proposed by the European Commission back in April 2018 (see: LNB News 27/04/2018 1)—has passed through the European Parliament on its first reading on 18 April 2019. The Directive requires all Member States to have a fully online process of registration for companies in an effort to lessen inefficiencies and unnecessary costs and delays. Member States will need to ensure that it is possible to upload every company document online and to identify company founders by the use of digital means such as e-ID, digital signatures or video-conference.

For further information, see: LNB News 24/04/2019 62.

Financial services regulation for corporate lawyers

FCA publishes its approach to enforcement

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published its &

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