On June 1, 2016, a Commission Delegated Regulation further specifying the circumstances in which exclusion from the application of write-down or conversion powers is necessary under the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Under the BRRD, the bail-in tool may be applied to all  liabilities unless they fall within the list of liabilities explicitly excluded. The new Regulation provides that regulators may only exclude a liability if the obstacles invoked for such exercise do not allow for it to take place within a  reasonable time. The BRRD only allows regulators to exclude a liability from bail-in, if it considers that it is not   possible to bail-in the liability within a “reasonable time,” which is determined by assessing when the write-down  amount ultimately has to be determined; and then assessing, the time by which all tasks needed to bail-in those liabilities would need to be performed in order to meet the resolution objectives. The new Regulation specifies that regulators may exclude liabilities on the basis of it being necessary and proportionate to preserve critical functions and core business lines under the BRRD. The Regulation will apply from June 21, 2016.

The delegated regulation is available at:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv%3AOJ.L_.2016.144.01.0011.01.ENG&toc=OJ%3AL%3A2016%3A144%3ATOC