Dr. Marco Brand is an associate in Covington’s Frankfurt office and a member of the corporate team. His practice focuses on financial regulatory law, in particular banking and asset management regulation, as well as on corporate matters and debt capital markets. Mr. Brand has also experience in advising FinTech companies and payment service providers.
I. The German Ringfencing Act As a reaction to the financial crisis in 2007/2008 and to address risks in connection with the “too big to fail” phenomena, the German legislature issued the Ringfencing Act in 2014 (the “Act”). In a nutshell, the Act forbids big CRR-credit institutions (depending on certain balance sheet thresholds) to engage … Continue Reading
I. Judgement On 5 May 2020, the German constitutional court (Bundesverfassungsgericht – “BVerfG“) decided in a landmark judgment about the compatibility of the Public Sector Asset Purchase Program launched by the European Central Bank (“ECB“) in March 2015 (“PSPP“) with German constitutional law. The BVerfG expressly excluded the EUR 750 billion Pandemic Emergency Purchase Program … Continue Reading
– Final Report of the High Level Forum on the Capital Markets Union – I. Capital Markets Union The Capital Markets Union seeks to remove regulatory and non-regulatory obstacles to the free movement of capital across borders, thus creating new opportunities across the Single Market for businesses, savers and investors and increasing the financial and … Continue Reading
On April 3, 2020, the European Commission launched two public consultations on a new digital finance strategy for Europe and on a retail payment strategy for Europe, which will both run until July 15, 2020. The consultations follow two other consultations on an EU framework for markets in crypto-assets and on a potential initiative on … Continue Reading