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Garnishment protection account

The garnishment protection account, introduced on 1 July 2010, markedly improved the situation of debtors affected by bank account garnishments. However, the practical implementation of this complex statutory provision is still causing problems in some areas. The following explanations are aimed at providing more clarity. More : Garnishment protection account

Resolution regime

For resolution of systemically important financial institutions to succeed without disrupting the equilibrium of the market, precautionary measures must be taken in good time. BaFin President Dr Elke König explains what progress the international efforts to arrive at efficient resolution rules have made and what she thinks still remains to be done. More : Resolution regime

Deposit guarantee schemes

The new European Directive on Deposit Guarantee Schemes entered into force on 2 July 2014. It replaces the previous Deposit Guarantee Scheme Directive from 1994 and introduces comprehensive, landmark changes. The member states have until 3 July 2015 to transpose most provisions into national law. More : Deposit guarantee schemes

Recasting of MiFID

The EU Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) of 2004 was an important cornerstone for greater integration of the single European market in financial services. In 2011 the EU Commission introduced a proposal for a revised MiFID. The recast version came into force on 3 July 2014, market participants will have to apply the new rules from 3 January 2017. More : Recasting of MiFID

Legal Entity Identifier (LEI)

On 30 June 2014, the LEI system Oversight Committee declared that the “pre-LEIs” that had been in temporary use until then were now just LEIs. This may be regarded as the time of birth of a new global financial market infrastructure. It is the overdue response of the community of nations to a classic market failure. More : Legal Entity Identifier (LEI)



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