On March 18, 2016, the European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation on the classes of arrangements to be protected in a partial property transfer or where a contract is forcibly modified by a resolution authority. The EU Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive provides for certain types of arrangements to be protected during the partial transfer of assets, rights and liabilities of a bank under resolution as well as when a resolution authority requires a contract to which the bank is a party to be modified. The objective is to prevent assets, rights and liabilities that are linked to each other from being split. The Delegated Regulation sets out in detail the conditions that security, set-off, netting and structured finance arrangements (including securitizations and investments used for hedging) must meet to benefit from the protection. The Delegated Regulation reminds creditors that they will need to review and modify the terms of their credit exposures to EU banks and investment firms so as to ensure that they maximize their rights to determine a net exposure to that entity and avoid their credit exposure increasing if assets and liabilities are not transferred together. The Delegated Regulation must still be approved by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. When it enters into force, it will apply directly in all member states across the EU.
The Delegated Regulation is available at: https://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/rep/3/2016/EN/3-2016-1372-EN-F1- 1.PDF.