The Spanish parliament has approved the Law amending the Companies Act (Legislative Royal Decree 1/2010, of July 2, 2010) and other pieces of financial legislation, as regards the encouragement of long-term shareholder engagement at listed companies.
Royal Decree-Law 34/2020, of November 17, 2020, on urgent measures to support business solvency and the energy sector, and on tax matters (RDL 34/2020), published in the Official State Gazette (BOE) on 18 November 2020, further extends the term for the granting of ICO guarantee facilities relating to commercial paper notes traded on the Spanish Alternative Fixed Income Market (MARF) and introduces amendments to the Spanish Securities Market Law.
In the context of the extraordinary situation stemming from the COVID-19 health crisis, the Spanish Registrars’ Association and the Spanish National Securities Market Commission (CNMV) issued a joint statement on March 26, 2020, in which they consider that, as regards financial statements and the proposed allocation of profit/loss, companies may, among other alternatives, choose to proceed as follows:
The Spanish National Securities Market Commission (CNMV) informed on January 13, 2020 of its decision to render ineffective the criteria addressed to issuers of securities for their discretionary treasury stock transactions, published in 2013. These criteria consisted of a number of recommendations on trading conditions and transparency when carrying out discretionary treasury stock transactions (not performed within buy-back programs or under liquidity contracts).
It was published on 24 September 2019 Decree-Law no 144/2019 which transfers from the Bank of Portugal to the Securities Market Committee (CMVM) the powers of prudential supervision of investment fund management companies and credit securitisation fund management companies (SGFTC).
As already adopted by other EU member states, on 12 September 2019 contingency measures were approved by the Portuguese Council of Ministers and should be applied to credit institutions, investment companies and management entities with head office in the United Kingdom in the event of Brexit without a deal.
On the 4th of September 2019, Law no. 97/2019 was published in Portugal’s Official Journal introducing the first amendment, approved under a parliament review, to the Real Estate Investment and Asset Management (SIGIs) regime, approved by Decree-Law no. 19/2019, of 28 January.