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UK to Regulate Cryptoasset Promotions

HM Treasury has confirmed that it will bring certain unregulated cryptoassets within scope of the financial promotions regime. By Stuart Davis, Rob Moulton, and Charlotte Collins On 18 January 2022, the UK government confirmed its intention to bring the promotion of certain cryptoassets into scope of regulation. HM Treasury has been considering for some time … Continue Reading

French and Dutch Regulators Propose Tighter Supervision of Cross-Border Retail Activities

The regulators suggest improvements to the supervision of firms passporting retail products and services in the EU. By Rob Moulton, Thomas Vogel, and Charlotte Collins The French and Dutch financial services regulators (the AFM and the AMF) have published a joint position paper on strengthening conduct supervision of cross-border retail financial services. The regulators are … Continue Reading

10 Key Focus Areas for UK-Regulated Financial Services Firms in 2022

This annual publication outlines some of the primary focus areas in 2022 for UK-regulated financial services firms. There has been a marked shift away from dealing with immediate post-Brexit priorities to more fundamental consideration of the direction of travel of UK financial services regulation, and this is borne out across many of the topics covered … Continue Reading

Review of UK Appointed Representatives Regime to Increase Burden on Principal Firms

UK regulators are considering how they can strengthen the regime to enhance standards and reduce risk. By Nicola Higgs and Charlotte Collins On 3 December 2021, the FCA published a Consultation Paper (CP21/34) on changes to its rules regarding the Appointed Representatives (AR) regime. HM Treasury simultaneously published a Call for Evidence, seeking views on … Continue Reading

FCA Confirms New Rules to Remove Barriers to Listing

The new rules aim to make London a more attractive listing venue for founder-led and other innovative IPO candidates. By Chris Horton, James Inness, Anna Ngo, and Johannes Poon On 2 December 2021, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a Policy Statement (PS21/22) confirming the following key changes to its listing rules that took … Continue Reading

Private Bank Briefing – September 2021

By Rob Moulton, Nicola Higgs, Anne Mainwaring, and Charlotte Collins The latest edition of our Private Bank Briefing provides a roundup of legal and compliance issues impacting private banks and their clients from Q3 2021. In this edition, we include a summary of the latest sustainable finance developments, and pinpoint areas of post-Brexit regulatory divergence in relation … Continue Reading

FCA Proposes Enhanced Disclosures on Diversity and Inclusion for Listed Companies

Proposals reflect growing investor focus on the ESG performance of listed companies. By Chris Horton, James Inness, Rob Moulton, Anna Ngo, and Johannes Poon The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has launched a consultation setting out proposed changes to its Listing Rules (LRs) and Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules (DTRs). The proposals seek to: (i) … Continue Reading

UK to Adopt a New SPAC Listing Regime From 10 August 2021

The revised criteria allow UK-listed SPACs to avoid a suspension of their shares when announcing a de-SPAC deal. By Nicola Higgs, David Berman, Chris Horton, James Inness, Rob Moulton, Anna Ngo, and Charlotte Collins The UK, acting through the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), will implement a new SPAC listing regime from 10 August 2021. This follows a consultation launched in April … Continue Reading

FCA Consults on Post-Brexit Changes to PRIIPs Regulation

UK rules will diverge from the much-criticised EU framework. By Nicola Higgs and Charlotte Collins On 20 July 2021, the FCA published a Consultation Paper (CP21/23) on amending the UK PRIIPs Regulation. The FCA has long held concerns about the PRIIPs framework, and pre-Brexit had been heavily involved in efforts to persuade EU lawmakers to … Continue Reading

FCA Seeks to Improve Quality of ESG Fund Disclosures

FCA has published guiding principles on the design, delivery, and disclosure of ESG and sustainable investment funds. By Nicola Higgs, David Berman, Paul Davies, Anne Mainwaring, and Charlotte Collins On 19 July 2021, the FCA published a letter sent to chairs of authorised fund managers, which sets out the regulator’s expectations regarding disclosures by funds … Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes Guidance on SPACs

ESMA warns against investor protection risks and provides guidance on expected disclosures. By Nicola Higgs, Chris Horton, James Inness, Rob Moulton, Oliver Seiler, Isabella Porchia, and Charlotte Collins On 15 July 2021, ESMA published a statement on the prospectus disclosure and investor protection issues raised by special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs). SPAC activity in the … Continue Reading

ESMA Statement Warns on Payment for Order Flow

New ESMA guidance less strict than the established UK position on PFOF. By Rob Moulton, Axel Schiemann, Thomas Vogel, and Charlotte Collins On 13 July 2021, ESMA published a statement on payment for order flow (PFOF), the practice of brokers receiving payments from third parties for directing client order flow to these third parties as … Continue Reading

UK Regulators Launch Discussion on Diversity and Inclusion

Discussion Paper opens debate on potential new rules to improve diversity in financial services. By Rob Moulton, David Berman, Paul Davies, and Charlotte Collins On 7 July 2021, the FCA, the PRA, and the Bank of England published a joint Discussion Paper on diversity and inclusion in the financial sector. The regulators, in particular the … Continue Reading

FCA Seeks to Extend Climate-Related Disclosures for Listed Companies

The FCA is consulting on extending its rules to standard listed issuers. By Paul A. Davies, Chris Horton, James Inness, Anna Ngo, and Charlotte Collins On 22 June 2021, the FCA published a Consultation Paper (CP21/18) on extending the application of the existing climate-related disclosure requirements for commercial companies with a UK premium listing to a wider scope of listed … Continue Reading

FCA Proposes New Climate-Related Disclosure Regime

The FCA is proposing a disclosure regime for asset managers, life insurers, and pension providers. By Paul Davies, Nicola Higgs, Victoria Sander, David Berman, Anne Mainwaring, and Charlotte Collins On 22 June 2021, the FCA published a Consultation Paper (CP21/17) on introducing climate-related financial disclosure rules and guidance for asset managers, life insurers, and FCA-regulated … Continue Reading

FCA Proposes New Consumer Duty

The FCA is proposing to set higher expectations for firms operating in retail markets. By Andrea Monks, David Berman, Jon Holland and Charlotte Collins On 14 May 2021, the FCA published a Consultation Paper (CP21/13) on introducing a new Consumer Duty. This consultation is intended to fulfil the FCA’s new statutory obligation to consult on … Continue Reading

Private Bank Briefing – March 2021

By Rob Moulton, Nicola Higgs, Anne Mainwaring, Becky Critchley, and Anna Lewis-Martinez The latest edition of our Private Bank Briefing provides a roundup of legal and compliance issues impacting private banks and their clients from Q1 2021. In this edition, we cover some of the key regulatory announcements relating to MiFID II and the impact … Continue Reading

FCA Confirms Dates for Cessation of LIBOR Benchmarks

By Becky Critchley and Anna Lewis-Martinez On 5 March 2021, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) formally announced the dates for the cessation of all London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) benchmark settings currently published by ICE Benchmark Administration (IBA). The FCA also confirmed that where a “synthetic” LIBOR is available after the cessation dates, the … Continue Reading

FCA Publishes Review of Asset Managers’ Implementation of MiFID II Product Governance Rules

FCA found instances of non-compliance with the product governance rules which, in its view, increases the risk of investor harm. By Nicola Higgs, Anne Mainwaring, and Jonathan Ritson-Candler Background On 26 February 2021, the FCA published a webpage setting out eight asset management firms’ implementation of the UK MiFID II product governance requirements. The sample … Continue Reading

Implementing Technology Change — Successes and Pitfalls in Financial Services

An FCA report evaluates the chequered implementation of technology change and identifies risks and best practices to help firms better navigate this change. By Andrew C. Moyle, Alain Traill, and Jagveen S. Tyndall Of the nearly 1,000 “material incidents” reported to the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in 2019, 17% were caused by change-related activity. … Continue Reading

UK to Regulate Buy-Now-Pay-Later Market

The Woolard Review emphasises the urgency to bring all BNPL products under FCA supervision and sets out recommendations for the unsecured credit market. By Stuart Davis, Becky Critchley, and Anna Lewis-Martinez The UK government has announced that interest-free buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) credit agreements will be regulated by the FCA. Currently, the BNPL market operates under an … 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
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