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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

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

ISDA Gearing up to Launch IBOR Fallbacks Protocol

Regulators and industry groups strongly encourage market participants to adopt ISDA’s much-anticipated IBOR Fallbacks Protocol and Definitions Supplement. By Yvette D. Valdez, Becky Critchley, Deric Behar, and Anna Lewis-Martinez The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) has published a statement from its Board of Directors confirming that on October 23, 2020 it will launch its … 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

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

SEC Puts LIBOR Transition Testing in Focus

In anticipation of LIBOR discontinuation, the SEC will begin examining transition progress. By Vicki E. Marmorstein, Jane Summers, Yvette D. Valdez, Stephen P. Wink, Douglas K. Yatter, and Deric Behar Nearly a year after the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) release of a Staff Statement on LIBOR Transition, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections … Continue Reading

FCA Issues a Public Censure to Redcentric PLC for Committing Market Abuse

The FCA publicly censured the IT service provider for publishing false information about its net debt and holdings of cash and cash equivalents. By Chris Horton, James Inness, David Berman and Katy Sanders On 26 June 2020, the FCA issued a final notice to Redcentric PLC (Redcentric), publicly censuring Redcentric for committing market abuse, between … Continue Reading

HM Treasury Announces Welcome Proposed Amendments to the UK Benchmarks Regulation

The proposals enhance the FCA’s powers to ensure an orderly wind-down of critical benchmarks and to deal with “tough legacy” contracts that cannot transition from LIBOR. By Nicola Higgs and Ella McGinn On 23 June 2020, the FCA published a statement welcoming HM Treasury’s announcement that the Treasury intends to bring forward legislation to amend … 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

Staying Inside — FCA’s New Guidance on Market Conduct During COVID-19

New guidance for issuers and market participants on capital raising events and alternative working arrangements, and additional time allowed for filing half-yearly financial reports. By James Inness, Nicola Higgs, Connor Cahalane, and Anna Lewis-Martinez On 27 May 2020, the FCA published its Primary Market Bulletin 28, which provides an update for issuers on temporary relief … Continue Reading

COVID-19: FCA Delays Implementation of SCA Under PSRs 2017

By Rob Moulton and Anna Lewis-Martinez On 30 April 2020, the FCA released a statement announcing a six-month extension to the deadline for firms’ implementation of strong customer authentication (SCA) for e-commerce under the Payment Services Regulations 2017 (PSRs 2017). The FCA states that the extension is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is set … Continue Reading

FCA to Apply for Court Declaration on Business Interruption Insurance Policies

FCA announces steps to obtain clarity for insurers and policyholders. By Victoria Sander, Martin Davies, Oliver Middleton, and Duncan Graves The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced today, 1 May 2020, that it is taking steps to resolve contractual uncertainty in business interruption (BI) insurance cover in light of COVID-19 and intends to apply urgently for a … Continue Reading

FCA Announces Additional Primary Market Measures to Support Listed Companies

The package combines temporary policy interventions and existing options to help companies raise new share capital during the COVID-19 crisis. By Chris Horton, James Inness, Rob Moulton, and Anna Lewis-Martinez On 8 April 2020, the FCA published a Statement of Policy and related technical supplements aimed at helping companies to raise new share capital during … Continue Reading

FCA and PRA Statement on SM&CR and COVID-19: Expectations of Dual-Regulated Firms

UK Regulators announce new measures after acknowledging firms affected by COVID-19 will need to keep their governance arrangements under review. By Rob Moulton and Anna Lewis-Martinez On 3 April 2020, the FCA and the PRA released a statement announcing several new governance measures for dual-regulated firms amid the COVID-19 outbreak under the Senior Managers and … Continue Reading

COVID-19: FCA Dear CEO Letter to Firms Providing Services to Retail Investors

The FCA sets out its approach on client identity verification, supervisory flexibility over best execution obligations and 10% depreciation notifications, and financial resilience. By Rob Moulton and Anna Lewis-Martinez On 31 March 2020, the FCA published a Dear CEO letter to firms providing services to retail investors about COVID-19. The FCA makes it clear that it expects … Continue Reading

COVID-19 Bank Lending Relief Measures

By Axel Schiemann, Marco Bonasso, Rob Moulton, Pia Naib Several countries have announced or have already implemented extensive debt relief measures for consumers and companies. In some instances these measures also include debt moratoria. The following provides a brief overview of key headlines reflecting the current status for such debt moratoria in Germany, Italy, UK, … Continue Reading

Changes to Reporting Requirements for Issuers in Light of COVID-19

UK regulators announce a further package of measures to ease the burden on issuers. By Chris Horton, James Inness, Rob Moulton, Koushik Prasad, Connor Cahalane, and Charlotte Collins In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UK regulators have published further measures affecting issuers, to try to preserve the flow of information to investors and support the … Continue Reading

FCA Sets Out Its Expectations of Firms’ Response to COVID-19

The FCA expects firms to use flexibility to support consumers, has delayed new publications, and extended deadline for responses to published consultations to 1 October 2020. By Rob Moulton, Jonathan Ritson-Candler, and Anna Lewis-Martinez The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a new webpage providing information on its expectations of firms’ response to the coronavirus. … Continue Reading

FCA Warns of ‘Significant Weaknesses’ in Firms’ Implementation of the Conduct Rules

All firms should take note of the FCA’s latest feedback on SMCR implementation. By Rob Moulton, Charlotte Collins and David Berman In its latest piece of feedback on firms’ implementation of the SMCR, the FCA indicated that firms must improve their implementation of the Certification Regime and, most particularly, the Conduct Rules. While the FCA’s … Continue Reading
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