Author Archives: Davinia Collins

FCA Regulation round – up for August

This month’s edition of Regulation round-up discusses: the consultation to extend SM&CR to all financial services firms; the Threshold Conditions Team taking enforcement action and cancelling the authorisations of 207 firms; FCA’s agenda and priorities for consumer credit; contingency planning for firms that do not have their MIFID II permissions in place by 3 January […]

FCA sets out its supervisory approach to PPI

The FCA has today announced that it will soon be launching a campaign to inform people of the 29 August 2019 deadline for making a complaint about PPI.  The campaign will contribute to the regulatory and supervisory work the FCA has already done around PPI and will continue to do. The campaign, which will be […]

Rise in complaints for PPI

This week FOS published its regular newsletter in which it discussed: a rise in consumer credit complaints; statistics on complaints received in the first quarter of 2017/2018; and an update on PPI and the FCA’s new rules and guidance FOS’ Annual Review The annual review published earlier in the summer by FOS identified that complaints about […]

FCA updates guidance to firms on applications and notifications under MiFID II

The FCA has updated its user guide to provide the following notifications: Ancillary activity exemptions Under MiFID II, firms who trade in commodity derivatives may be able to make use of an exemption from authorisation.  Firm will need to notify the FCA if they intend to rely on the exemption by completing a notification form.  […]

FCA consults on FAMR: implementation Part II and insistent clients

The FCA has today published its consultation paper (CP17/28) on implementing two of the recommendations made in the final report of the Financial Advice Market Review (FAMR), which was published in March 2016. FAMR was launched in 2015 by the FCA and HM Treasury (HMT) as a result of concerns that the market for financial advice in the […]

ESAs advise the Commission on PRIIPs with environmental or social objectives

The European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) have submitted their technical advice to the European Commission (the Commission) to set minimum requirements, which manufacturers of PRIIPs with environmental or social (EOS PRIIPs) objectives should comply with to ensure their products meet the retail investors’ needs. The ESAs addressed  four areas: (i) specific environmental or social objectives, (ii) disclosure of specific investment […]

PRA releases consultation on the minimum requirement for own funds and eligible liabilities (MREL) – buffers – CP15/17

The PRA has today published a CP on its proposed expectations regarding the relationship between MREL and buffer requirements, including the consequences of not meeting these. The CP is relevant to all PRA regulated banks, building societies and PRA designated investment firms. The consultation, which can be found here closes on 29 September 2017.

FCA foresees the demise of LIBOR in favour of SONIA

Andrew Bailey’s speech today on the future of LIBOR discussed the recent developments that had been made and interestingly, the decision to move away from the benchmark and towards one that is based on factors such as the price of term funding. The FCA has had conversations with market participants, which led it to examine  alternative benchmarks and make […]

House of Lords calls for evidence on financial regulation and supervision following Brexit

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 […]

Law Commission consults on draft clauses for the Goods Mortgages Bill

This month, the Law Commission published a consultation paper on draft clauses that would form part of the new Goods Mortgages Bill, which replaces the Bills of Sale. Background In September 2014, HM Treasury asked the Law Commission (LC) to review the Bills of Sales Act.  The LC’s 2016 report recommended that the Bills of […]