October 9, 2017 / 1:28 PM / 9 months ago

EU watchdog to issue Brexit guidance on new EU hubs for UK-based banks

LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - The European Union’s banking watchdog will publish guidance on new EU hubs for lenders from Britain seeking a base in the bloc after Brexit, its chairman said on Monday.

Banks in London are looking to open or expand hubs in the EU to ensure they can continue serving customers there after Britain leaves the bloc in March 2019.

“In light of the decision of the UK to withdraw from the EU, the EBA has identified a series of areas that need common regulatory and supervisory approaches across the other 27 Member States of the EU, to support a smooth relocation process and avoid regulatory competition,” EBA Chairman Andrea Enria told the European Parliament.

“These include authorisations, approval of internal models, treatment of outsourcing, back-to-back operations and risk transfers, matters related to resolution and deposit guarantee schemes.”

The guidance will be published in the coming days, he said. It aims to stop regulators in Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam and elsewhere offering sweeteners to lure UK firms.

Similar guidance from the bloc’s securities watchdog ESMA has already rung alarm bells at asset managers in London who fear they won’t be able continue managing funds in the EU after Brexit. (Reporting by Huw Jones; Editing by Rachel Armstrong)

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