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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

UK Chancellor Outlines Future for Financial Services Post-Brexit

Equivalence decisions for EEA states, green finance and fintech initiatives are at the forefront of the UK government’s priorities. By Rob Moulton, Anne Mainwaring, and Anna Lewis-Martinez On 9 November 2020, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, delivered a statement setting out plans for the start of a new chapter for UK financial … Continue Reading

UK Announces Climate Focused Financial Services Regime

The UK Government presents initiatives designed to green the UK economy and bolster attractiveness as an international financial centre. By Paul A. Davies and Michael D. Green On 9 November 2020, Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced several initiatives designed to help the UK tackle climate change, while maintaining its position as an “open, … Continue Reading

ESMA’s STO Guidance Aims to Limit Post-Brexit Disruption

However, ESMA’s proposed changes are less sweeping than required to achieve this aim. By Rob Moulton and Anne Mainwaring Should the Brexit transition period end without a UK equivalence decision, ESMA has issued guidance to limit the impact on the trading obligation for shares by assuming the following: — All EU shares (EU Member State, … 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 Delays Decision on Adopting EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy

The delay may complicate the regulatory landscape for sustainable finance as the EU moves toward a standardized classification system.  By Paul A. Davies, Nicola Higgs, and Michael D. Green The UK government (government) has delayed a decision on whether it will adopt the EU’s taxonomy of sustainable finance activities (the Taxonomy) as the UK approaches the end of … Continue Reading

UK Government Publishes Draft UK-EU Free Trade Agreement With Financial Services Chapter

The government sets out a bold and ambitious arrangement for financial services, including free market access and a new Financial Services Committee. By Rob Moulton and Anna Lewis-Martinez On 19 May 2020, the UK government published draft legal texts of 12 documents, and an accompanying letter, setting out its approach to the UK’s future relationship … Continue Reading

HM Treasury Responds to the Call for Evidence on Regulatory Coordination

Financial Services Regulatory Initiatives Forum and the Regulatory Initiatives Grid to be introduced this summer. By: Anna Lewis-Martinez and Rob Moulton On 11 March 2020, HM Treasury published its response to the Call for Evidence on Regulatory Coordination. In the summer of 2019, the government launched HM Treasury’s Financial Services Future Regulatory Framework Review to … Continue Reading

PSD2 & Brexit: EU Card Issuers Must Apply SCA to UK Website Purchases Post-Brexit

European Commission confirms SCA measures should apply to EU consumers purchasing from UK websites in the event of a no-deal Brexit. By Christian F. McDermott, Jagveen S. Tyndall, and Amy Smyth Complex payment processing chains comprise multiple entities operating behind the scenes to support everyday transactions. The strong customer authentication (SCA) requirements introduced by the … Continue Reading

Brexit Progress Report: 1 of 10 Key Regulatory Focus Areas for UK/European Wholesale Markets in 2019

By David Berman, Carl Fernandes  Nicola Higgs, Rob Moulton and Charlotte Collins In our January publication, we highlighted what we were seeing as the top regulatory focus areas for our clients during the year ahead, focusing on wholesale market structures and conduct risk. In a series of 10 blog posts, we will take a closer look at … Continue Reading

FCA Sets Out Stance on Cross-Border Booking Arrangements

The “Dear CEO” letter underlines the FCA’s open and pragmatic approach in the context of Brexit. By Nicola Higgs and Charlotte Collins The FCA has published a “Dear CEO” letter to firms, advising them of its position in relation to the use of cross-border booking models in the context of Brexit. Firms commonly use remote … Continue Reading

What Will the New EU Prospectus Regulation Mean for Issuers?

By James Inness A new prospectus regulation (Regulation (EU) 2017/1129) (the Regulation) will come into direct effect on 20 July 2017, with a small number of provisions applying immediately and the remainder applying from 21 July 2019. The changes under the Regulation will likely be relevant to issuers both before and after Brexit. Which Provisions … Continue Reading
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