Just as Brussels had seemingly smoothed over its relations with the pension industry by granting a temporary exemption from the EMIR Directive, a new consultation paper has stirred things up. In a joint paper, the European Securities and Markets Authority, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority and the European Banking Authority (EBA), announced that they are considering a requirement to “exchange, post or collect” initial margins for bilateral over-the-counter (OTC) derivative trades.
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