On December 17, 2015, the EBA published final draft RTS specifying the information on financial contracts that a firm may be required to maintain. The BRRD gives resolution authorities the power temporarily to suspend the termination rights of any counterparty to a contract with a firm that is under resolution. Both national regulators and resolution authorities may require a firm to maintain detailed records of financial contracts (generally, these are securities contracts, commodities contracts, futures and forwards contracts, swap agreements, inter-bank borrowing agreements) on whether or not they include suspensory provisions. The EBA’s final draft RTS set out the minimum set of information on financial contracts that should be included in the detailed records held by a firm which includes information such as whether a contract includes contractual recognition of resolution powers, information on value and valuation, collateral, termination rights, maturity and netting arrangements. The RTS also prescribe the circumstances in which the requirement to hold such records should be imposed and take a wide approach by including all firms or entities that might be subject to resolution actions. The EBA considers that firms that would be placed into an insolvency procedure need not be included but the European authority does not prohibit national regulators or resolution authorities from imposing similar requirements on such firms, or any other firms.
The final draft RTS is available at: http://www.eba.europa.eu/documents/10180/1312738/EBA-RTS-2015- 13+RTS+on+detailed+records+of+financial+contracts.pdf.