FCA finds firms have been working hard to embed the Duty, but there remains room for improvement.

By Becky Critchley and Charlotte Collins

On 20 February 2024, the FCA published more information on the Consumer Duty, including a publication highlighting good practices and areas for improvement. The FCA also used a related speech to remind firms of the 31 July 2024 deadline for applying the Duty to closed products and services, and for producing the first annual board report assessing

The FCA plans to streamline its approach to enforcement and publicise investigations at an early stage.

By Andrea Monks, Rob Moulton, Nell Perks, Anna James, and Charlotte Collins

On 27 February 2024, the FCA published a Consultation Paper (CP24/2) on its proposed new approach to publicising enforcement investigations and changes to the FCA Enforcement Guide (EG). The FCA also published a related speech given by Therese Chambers, joint Executive Director of Enforcement and Market

Implementation of Basel Committee cryptoassets standard to provide additional clarity for banks looking to engage in cryptoassets business.

By Simon Hawkins and Adrian Fong

On 7 February 2024, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) released a consultation paper on its proposal for implementing new regulations on the prudential treatment of cryptoasset exposures (Consultation Paper).

The Consultation Paper comes shortly after the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau and the HKMA issued a consultation paper in December 2023 outlining their legislative proposal for a regulatory regime governing stablecoin issuers in Hong Kong (see this Latham blog post). On 20 February 2024, the HKMA also published guidance on digital asset custody services and sale and distribution of tokenised products conducted by banks. Together, these papers offer guidance and greater certainty to banks interested in providing digital asset services (including digital asset issuance, custody, and dealing services).

SEC defines the phrase “as part of a regular business” to capture private funds and other market participants that take on liquidity-providing roles.

By Marlon Q. Paz, Stephen P. Wink, Naim Culhaci, and Jessmine Lee

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted new rules that expand the definition of “dealer” and “government securities dealer” under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act), requiring registration by market participants that take on significant liquidity-providing roles. The February 6

The European Parliament and the Council of the EU have made some significant changes to the European Commission’s proposal.

On 5 February 2024, the European Parliament and Council of the EU announced that they had reached a provisional political agreement on the text of the ESG Ratings Regulation (the Regulation). The agreed text was subsequently published on 14 February 2024. The Regulation was initially proposed by the Commission in June 2023, and seeks to introduce a new regulatory regime for ESG ratings providers “operating in the Union”. Refer to this Latham blog post for previous commentary on the proposal.

Banking agencies are alleged to have exceeded their congressional authorization, with potentially adverse consequences on banks and consumers.

By Arthur S. Long, Pia Naib, and Deric Behar

On February 5, 2024, several banking trade groups[1] (the Plaintiffs) sued the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) (collectively, the Agencies) in the US District Court for the Northern District

The new rule establishes criteria for firms to elect “non-branch” designation for a private residence where an associated person engages in specified supervisory activities.

By Marlon Q. Paz, Naim Culhaci, Donald Thompson, and Jessmine Lee

On January 23, 2024, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued Regulatory Notice 24-02 (Reg. Notice 24-02), announcing guidance and effective dates on two recently approved supplementary materials under FINRA Rule 3110:

  1. FINRA Rule 3110.19, enabling firms to

As person-to-person payments become mainstream, the proposal would proactively outlaw fees that financial institutions could assess on instantaneously declined transactions.

By Arthur Long, Parag Patel, Barrie VanBrackle, and Deric Behar

On January 24, 2024, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a rule, Fees for Instantaneously Declined Transactions (the Proposal), that would prevent banks and other financial institutions from charging non-sufficient funds (NSF) fees on transactions declined in real time.

When a consumer initiates a withdrawal, debit

Regulation SE, the last of the Title VII Dodd-Frank rulemakings, will become effective on February 13, 2024.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken a significant step in enhancing the regulatory landscape of the financial markets by adopting new Regulation SE (17 CFR 242.800 through 242.835) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act). The final rules establish a comprehensive framework for the registration and oversight of security-based swap execution facilities (SBSEFs) in compliance with Title VII of