Alex Brazier, Executive Director (Financial Stability) at BoE has delivered a speech in which he considers the recent developments in household debt, how that debt can pose dangers to the wider economy, and the three lines of defence put in place by regulators to guard against those dangers. Mr Brazier observed that in the past […]

FCA has published a Consultation Paper (CP) on the information provided to customers about current account services. The CP was prompted by CMA’s recommendation that firms should publish objective measures of service performance for both personal current accounts (PCAs) and business current accounts (BCAs) to allow customers to effectively compare products on the market. The […]

Today the PRA has published proposals to extend the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) to insurers. These proposals seek to implement a consistent but proportionate regulatory framework to strengthening individual accountability and promoting effective corporate governance for all PRA-regulated firms. In March 2016 the PRA implemented the Senior Insurance Managers Regime. The proposals would […]

The long-awaited consultations on the extension of the SM&CR have been released: CP17/25 – Individual accountability – extending the Senior Managers and Certification Regime to all FCA firms. Banks are told to read Chapters 9 and 10 in the CP about the extra SM&CR regulations that will affect the banking sector. CP17/26 – Individual accountability – extending […]

In an announcement today, the FCA is reminding firms that need to submit applications, do so without further delay. FCA will determine complete applications received after 3 July 2017 within 6 months, but cannot guarantee to do so by 3 January 2018 (the date for required compliance with MiFID II). Such firms will therefore also need to have […]

In the FCA’s consultation paper CP17/2: CASS 7A & the Special Administration Regime Review (SAR), it proposed changes to CASS in relation to an investment firm failure and its interaction with the SAR. Collectively, these proposals aim to speed up the distribution of client assets, improve consumer outcomes and reduce the market impact of an investment firm failure […]

The House of Lords EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee (the Committee) is calling for evidence to support its inquiry into the future of UK financial regulation and supervision following Brexit. The Committee will examine how financial regulation and supervision will evolve following Brexit in order to ensure financial stability, which could mean maintaining equivalence or some […]

FCA has published a consultation on the proposed text for a specialist sourcebook setting out the new Office for Professional Body Anti- Money Laundering Supervision’s (OPBAS) expectations in relation to anti-money laundering supervision. OPBAS will oversee 22 professional body anti money laundering supervisors such as the Law Society / Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Association […]

Following on from Consultation Paper (CP) 17/7, FCA has published CP 17/23 detailing further proposals on the implementation of the IDD in the UK. The CP is relevant to firms, including insurance and reinsurance companies, insurance intermediaries and firms categorised under the IDD as ancillary insurance intermediaries, as well as other stakeholders. In order to […]

Following two consultations in 2016, HM Treasury has published the final rules for a new tax and regulatory framework for insurance linked securities (ILS) business in the UK. The Risk Transformation Regulations 2017 will come into force on 31 October 2017 and the Risk Transformation (Tax) Regulations 2017 will come into force on the day after the […]