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10 Key Focus Areas for UK-Regulated Financial Services Firms in 2021

This annual publication outlines some of the primary focus areas in 2021 for UK-regulated financial services firms. Some of these topics are attracting attention because they are an emerging trend, or because they are at a key stage in the implementation cycle. Other topics are longstanding, but remain at the top of the PRA’s and … Continue Reading

PRA Publishes Findings on Its Evaluation of the SMCR

The PRA has released a largely positive report, along with nine follow-up actions and recommendations on the SMCR for PRA-regulated firms. By Rob Moulton, Katy Sanders, and Anna Lewis-Martinez The PRA reviewed the operation of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) against its original objectives and examined whether there have been any unintended consequences. … Continue Reading

Key Regulatory Developments in Hong Kong and Singapore: November 2020

Regulators propose new regulations for virtual asset exchanges and enhanced customer identity verification requirements, and launch an innovative commercial data interchange. By Farhana Sharmeen, Simon Hawkins, Kenneth Y.F. Hui, and Marc Jia Renn Tan This blog post summarises key regulatory developments in Hong Kong and Singapore during November 2020, including: — The Hong Kong FSTB’s … Continue Reading

Monetary Authority of Singapore Proposes Stricter Identity Verification Requirements

The proposal would require financial institutions to use certain categories of information for non-face-to-face verification before undertaking transactions or requests. By Farhana Sharmeen and Gen Huong Tan In November 2020, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (the MAS) published a consultation paper proposing to issue a Notice on Identity Verification (the Notice) that would require financial … Continue Reading

Landmark Judgment Rules in Favour of Latham Client, Rothesay Life Plc

Court of Appeal sets out correct approach to transfer of long-term Insurance. Victoria Sander, Jon Holland, Alex Cox, and Duncan Graves Latham & Watkins has won an appeal on behalf of Rothesay Life Plc (Rothesay) in an unprecedented challenge to the High Court’s refusal to sanction the transfer of around 370,000 annuity policies in August … Continue Reading

Podcast – Brexit & Financial Services: Preparing for the End of the Transition Period

FCA’s Stephen Hanks discusses onshoring and how to ensure regulatory compliance before the year’s end. With the end of the Brexit transition period looming, many financial services firms are asking what they need to do between now and the end of the year to ensure regulatory compliance. In this episode of Connected With Latham, Anne … Continue Reading

HM Treasury Consults on Post-EU Financial Services Regulatory Framework

The UK government signals a diversion from the onshored regime towards a more flexible financial services regulatory framework. By Rob Moulton, Anne Mainwaring, and Anna Lewis-Martinez HM Treasury has published a consultation paper marking the start of Phase II of its financial services review, which will focus on the broader regulatory framework for financial services … Continue Reading

Key Regulatory Developments in Hong Kong and Singapore: September 2020

Regulators consult on anti-money laundering guidelines and issue guidance on cybersecurity, best execution, and senior management accountability. By Farhana Sharmeen, Simon Hawkins, Kenneth Y.F. Hui, and Marc Jia Renn Tan This blog post summarizes key regulatory developments in Hong Kong and Singapore during September 2020, including: (i) the SFC’s consultation on enhancements to its Guideline on … Continue Reading

ESMA’s “Final” Word on the MAR Review

By Rob Moulton and James Inness After lengthy consultation ESMA has published a detailed Final Report setting out its views on how to improve MAR. The ball is now firmly in the Commission’s court as to the next steps. Latham & Watkins has produced a detailed summary for clients.… Continue Reading

SEC Expands the Definitions of AI and QIB

The changes would allow more individuals and institutions to invest in private offerings of unregistered securities. By Alexander F. Cohen, Paul M. Dudek, Joel Trotter, Dana G. Fleischman, Stephen P. Wink On August 26, 2020, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) expanded the definitions of accredited investor (AI) and qualified institutional buyer (QIB). Notably, … Continue Reading

SMCR: FCA Updates Expectations on Fitness and Propriety Assessments and Conduct Rules Training

The FCA has provided updated guidance on the SMCR for solo-regulated firms, with new information on good and bad practices in two key areas. By David Berman and Anna Lewis-Martinez On 14 August 2020, the FCA updated its webpage on the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) for solo-regulated firms. The updates include tables setting … Continue Reading

Key Regulatory Developments in Hong Kong and Singapore: July 2020

Regulators are consulting on how to enhance trust business regulation, introduce new omnibus legislation, and encourage best practices in sustainable banking. By Farhana Sharmeen, Simon Hawkins, Kenneth Hui, and Marc Tan This blog post summarises key regulatory developments in Hong Kong and Singapore during July 2020, including: The HKMA’s publication of examples of good practices … Continue Reading

Latham Collaborates on Pioneering Paper for Outsourcing in Financial Services

New resource developed following increased regulatory focus on outsourcing. Latham & Watkins has partnered with the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) and law firms Matheson and BSP to develop: Outsourcing – Guidance on the Legal and Regulatory Framework, a pioneering resource examining the key European legislation, rules, and guidance for financial services firms … Continue Reading

HM Treasury Policy Statement Addresses Pressing Concerns With PRIIPs Regulation

The UK government has proposed amendments to the UK PRIIPs regime with performance information in the KID to differ from the EU “performance scenario” requirement. By Nicola Higgs and Anna Lewis-Martinez On 30 July 2020, HM Treasury published a policy statement on amendments to the Packaged Retail Investment and Insurance-based Products (PRIIPs) Regulation. The policy … Continue Reading

UK Government Proposes to Strengthen Protections Around Promotion of Financial Products and Cryptoassets

HM Treasury is planning significant changes to the financial promotion regime, including expanding its scope to certain cryptoassets, and amending the approval process for promotions of unauthorised firms. By Stuart Davis, Sam Maxson, and Anna Lewis-Martinez On 20 July 2020, HM Treasury published two consultation papers on a regulatory framework for approval of financial promotions … Continue Reading

CJEU Invalidates EU-US Privacy Shield

A ruling by the EU’s top court invalidates the key mechanism for transferring personal data from the EU to the US and imposes additional conditions for use of the standard contractual clauses. By Gail E. Crawford, Fiona M. Maclean, Michael H. Rubin, Ulrich Wuermeling, Calum Docherty, and Amy Smyth On 16 July 2020, the Court of … Continue Reading

Dear CEO: UK Banks and Insurers Should Embed Approaches to Managing Climate Change Risks by End-2021

The PRA expands its supervisory expectations for firms on managing climate-related financial risk — publishing a Dear CEO guidance letter. By Nicola Higgs and Anna Lewis-Martinez On 1 July 2020, the PRA published guidance in the form of a Dear CEO letter to banks, insurers, and other PRA-regulated firms on managing climate-related financial risk. The … Continue Reading

Federal Regulatory Agencies Finalize Amendments to the Volcker Rule’s Covered Fund-Related Restrictions

The amended rule includes modifications to existing exclusions and creates new exclusions for the activities and investments of certain issuers. By Alan W. Avery and Pia Naib The US federal regulatory agencies responsible for implementing the Volcker Rule recently issued a rule (Final Rule) to finalize proposed modifications to certain restrictions related to “covered funds” … Continue Reading

Key Regulatory Developments in Hong Kong and Singapore: June 2020

Regulators seek to expand market connectivity for wealth management products and enhance financial institutions’ environmental risk management. By Farhana Sharmeen, Simon Hawkins, Kenneth Hui, and Marc Tan This blog post summarises key regulatory developments in Hong Kong and Singapore during June 2020, including: The announcement of a new “Wealth Management Connect” mutual market access project … Continue Reading

UK Decides Against Implementing Certain Key Areas of EU Financial Services Legislation

The UK government clarifies its legislative plans for financial services regulatory reforms post-Brexit. By Rob Moulton and Anna Lewis-Martinez On 23 June 2020, the House of Commons published a written statement from Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, on the UK’s approach to implementing financial services regulatory reforms before the end of the Brexit transition … Continue Reading

Key Regulatory Developments in Hong Kong and Singapore: May 2020

Regulators seek to address “rolling bad apples”, bank culture reform, and cryptocurrency derivatives. By Farhana Sharmeen, Simon Hawkins, Kenneth Hui, and Marc Tan This blog post summarises key regulatory developments that took place in Hong Kong and Singapore in May 2020, as regulators in both jurisdictions issued regulatory pronouncements across a spectrum of topics — … Continue Reading

UK Firms Should Share Customer Information Cross-Border Intra-Group to Fight Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing

UK government encourages regulated firms to share customer information within corporate groups, highlighting interaction with firms’ obligations under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and GDPR. By Rob Moulton, Jonathan Ritson-Candler, Fiona Maclean, and Olga Phillips The UK government has published a statement endorsing the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF’s) recommendations that regulated financial institutions … Continue Reading
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