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Central Bank Deputy Governor on Ireland’s Flexibility to Brexit Relocations

AUTHORs: Darren Maher, Joe Beashel Services: Brexit, Insurance and Reinsurance DATE: 21/05/2018

In a speech of 16 May 2018, Central Bank of Ireland Deputy Governor Ed Sibley, reflecting recent ECB guidance, made clear that the Irish authorities are open to understanding, on a case-by-case basis, how Brexit-relocating firms might “ramp up” operations over time, resulting in a reduced need for commitment of resources by applicant firms on authorisation “Day 1”.

With a transition period post-Brexit seeming likely, he said that the transfer and growth of activities by Brexit-relocating firms might take place over an extended period. The ECB’s Banking Supervision Newsletter for May 2018, while stressing that controls and governance arrangements should not “run behind the business”, also stated that flexibility could be provided on the basis of banks’ specific business plans.

The ECB’s Banking Supervision Newsletter says that banks’ relocation applications should be received by relevant national competent authorities at the latest by the end of Q2 2018. Deputy Governor Sibley noted that the Central Bank of Ireland has increased headcount and reallocated resources to deal with Brexit relocations and is now de-prioritising other work to accommodate Brexit-related matters.

Read Deputy Governor Ed Sibley’s full speech here, and access the ECB’s May Banking Supervision Newsletter here.

Matheson’s pre-eminent Financial Institutions Group is currently representing a substantial cohort of Brexit-relocating firms seeking authorisations or license extensions in Ireland. Matheson’s team has unrivalled experience and is the largest group of dedicated regulatory lawyers in Ireland, making it the natural choice to advise you on Brexit-related financial services issues. Contact Darren MaherJoe Beashel or Tim Scanlon at Matheson, or your usual Matheson contact.