“Using model agreements for bulk trades will save intermediaries and sellers a lot of time and costs.” The challenge now is to get the message out to the market, and we are confident that market participants will see significant benefits over time in the use of model agreements. “Both models are not designed to be firm forms with binding conditions or to restrict the right of the parties to negotiate the terms or forms of block agreements. However, the model offers user-friendly formulations for most standard terms that allow negotiations to focus on important trade concepts such as commission levels and structure. Two versions of the AfME model block agreement are made available: one is a simple agency agreement with no obligation to backstop underwriting, and the second version has incorporated a backstop underwriting commitment that offers a seller a firm and hard-signed minimum price, to which he monetizes the shares sold. Over the past 18 months, AFME has developed model agreements in response to requests from stock market participants to conduct these transactions quickly and in agreement with its member banks and more than 20 international law firms involved in EMEA equity transactions. If the release period under the RTS novation is available as soon as possible, the RTS novation target will be reached when the transition period under the withdrawal agreement ends on 31 December without reaching an agreement on the long-term relationship between the UK and the EU. Many block trades are subject to time and legal constraints that can make it difficult to establish appropriate contractual conditions. The model will help streamline agreements, improve time and cost efficiency for bulk transactions, which Dealogic says have their highest annual values in 2013.  Between January 1, 2013 and September 13, 2013, $69 billion in block trades was organized, Comparison with $62.7 billion in agreements for the whole of 2012 (Source: Dealogic) ESG Standards: no harmonized silver disk of data Deutsche Bank Spinoff IMP-ACT Alliance launches a digital ESG fund transparency tool The Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) has launched trade-type block agreements for bulk transactions across Europe. Middle East and Africa (EMEA), which occur when banks act as agents, with or without backstop, and procure buyers to buy listed shares at a discount to selling shareholders. The Commission`s Delegated Regulations (EU) 2019/564 and the Commission`s 2019/565 Delegated Regulations (with the exception of Novation RTS) provide that the re-release of non-centralised OTC derivative contracts to replace a counterparty established in the United Kingdom with a counterparty established in a Member State does not trigger margin or clearing commitments, as would normally be necessary. However, the discharge under the RTS Novation is temporary and can only be granted for a period of 12 months from 31 December. The joint associations requested that the discharge take effect as soon as possible and remain available for the initial 12-month period. The joint associations also called for an RTS novation to be extended to facilitate “if OTC derivative contracts are not developed centrally for the sole purpose of replacing a UK counterparty established in the United Kingdom with a counterparty established in a Member State.” The requested amendment would allow third-country companies that support their uk operations to award their contracts to a European entity.