Annabelle Rau

Annabelle Rau focuses on banking and financial services law, European financial supervisory law, and corporate law. Her advisory practice ranges from issues related to the regulation of traditional financial services to new FinTech business models, including crypto regulation. In addition, Annabelle Rau advises several listed companies on their general meetings and ongoing capital markets legal obligations.

What To Expect From The EU’s New PSD3, PSR AND FIDA Regulations

Von and am Nov 8, 2023
Gepostet In Uncategorized

The Payment Services Directive II (PSD2) has changed the payment services industry in Europe. However, many details remain open and impractical and the implementation of the directive and the administrative practices of local financial supervisory authorities differ greatly in some cases. A reform is now pending with PSD3, which aims for a higher degree of harmonization and will bring with it many new requirements for payment service providers.What are the most important changes and challenges facing the industry? How can payment service providers prepare? Read the article by Renate Prinz and Annabelle Rau to find out how the planned PSD...


United Kingdom’s digital pound meets public backlash – Why?

Von am Jul 17, 2023
Gepostet In Financial Services

It’s not only the EU with its plans for a digital Euro that’s addressing the matter of Central Bank Digital Currency (“CBDC“). The UK has also unveiled an ambitious roadmap for the introduction of a ‘Britcoin’ by 2030. In a conversation with Cointelegraph, Annabelle Rau sheds light on the impacts of CBDCs on privacy, financial inclusion, and the risks of bank runs. Follow this link to the full version of the article on Cointelegraph.


ESG, home office and real estate transactions – BaFin publishes 7th MaRisk amendment

Von am Jul 6, 2023
Gepostet In Banking Law

The German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (“BaFin“) published the seventh amendment to the Minimum Requirements for Risk Management of Banks (“MaRisk“) on June 29, 2023. The MaRisk codify BaFin’s administrative practice on risk management for German banks, in particular with respect to business organization and outsourcing, and in doing so substantiates the statutory requirements of Section 25a of the German Banking Act (“KWG“). The amendments range from requirements of the European Banking Authority (“EBA“) for lending and monitoring to exceptions for securities trading in the home office and the managing of ESG and real estate risks. Loans: New stricter requirements...


ESG query obligation will also apply to German investment intermediaries (Finanzanlagenvermittler)

Von am Feb 3, 2023
Gepostet In Financial Services, Financial situation intermediary

ESG is also coming to German investment intermediaries! On November 11, 2022, the German Federal Ministry of Economics presented a draft bill for a Regulation Amending the Trade Notification Regulation and the Financial Investment Intermediaries Regulation. As a result of the amendment, German investment intermediaries licensed under Section 34f of the German Trade Regulation Act (Gewerbeordnung – „GewO“) will have to ask their customers about their sustainability preferences in the context of investment advice and take these into account in a suitability test. Alignment of the ESG query obligation with the European regulatory standard Since August 2022, investment advisors and...


BaFin considers dark patterns in trading apps and trading portals to be unlawful

Von am Nov 24, 2022
Gepostet In Securities Service Providers

On November 21, 2022, the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht – “BaFin“) clarified in a statement that investment firms are not allowed to use dark patterns in trading apps or trading portals. Against this background, BaFin also published two new FAQs on the conduct of business rules for investment firms. In BaFin’s opinion, dark patterns in digital decision worlds (“choice architecture“) violate the ban of misleading information and the principle of fairness and are therefore unlawful. What are dark patterns? Dark patterns are when individual buttons in apps or on websites have a significantly lower contrast, are...


McDermottTech 2022 – Recap

Von and am Oct 21, 2022
Gepostet In Crypto Regulation, Events

From crypto, NFTs and blockchain technologies, to ethics in artificial intelligence, outsourcing and cloud deals, to trends in IP protection and enforcement in the metaverse: Together, we discussed some of the latest global trends in the technology industry at this year’s McDermottTech. Interested in the content of our panels? Click here for the videos of our panels. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation here.


ESG risks & Co. in the 7th MaRisk update

Von am Oct 14, 2022
Gepostet In Banking Law, Sustainability Risks

On September 26, 2022, the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht – “BaFin“) published an amended draft of its circular “Minimum Requirements for Risk Management” (Mindestanforderungen an das Risikomanagement – “MaRisk“), which is now open for consultation. MaRisk codifies BaFin’s administrative practice on risk management for German banks, particularly with regard to business organization and outsourcing, and in doing so specifies the statutory requirements of Section 25a of the German Banking Act (Kreditwesengesetz – „KWG“). The draft of the 7th MaRisk amendment includes, among other things the implementation of the European Banking Authority (“EBA”) guidelines on credit allocation...


FinTech Market: Regulation of crypto assets in Germany and the EU

Von and am Sep 21, 2022
Gepostet In Crypto Regulation

In this webinar, Renate Prinz and Annabelle Rau provide an overview of the current regulatory land-scape for crypto assets and crypto service providers in Germany, also taking a look at the European level, where uniform legislation for the regulation of crypto-assets is coming soon. The following fur-ther topics will be covered: Regulatory classification of crypto-assets in Germany. Licensing requirements in connection with crypto-assets and crypto-services Overview of the regulatory requirements for entities regulated in Germany Draft European crypto regulation, in particular the Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation (“MiCAR”). Passporting of licenses within the EU Click here to watch the video. Interested...


Article in Libra: EU creates uniform rules for dealing with crypto assets

Von and am Sep 16, 2022
Gepostet In Crypto Regulation

In their latest article for “Libra – das Rechtsbriefing”, Renate Prinz and Annabelle Rau present the main contents of the new “Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation” (MiCAR), which the European Council, the EU Parliament and the EU Commission recently agreed on. Click here to read the entire article.


BaFin on the new sustainability exploration in investment advice and financial portfolio management

Von am Aug 17, 2022
Gepostet In Financial Services

In a publication dated August 3, 2022, BaFin referred to the now applicable obligation of investment advisors and financial portfolio managers to conduct customer exploration with regard to the sustainability preferences of customers. Customer exploration now also includes sustainability factors, which is why the suitability check and declaration is expanded to include the aspect of the customer’s sustainability preference. The background is the Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/1253 of the European Commission, which regulates the inclusion of sustainability factors, risks and preferences in certain organizational requirements and conditions for the operation of securities firms. In practice, this means that investment advisors...