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BoE Financial Stability Report

The Bank of England published the Financial Stability Report for December. The report sets out the Financial Policy Committee’s view on the stability of the UK financial system and what it is doing to remove or...

FCA makes new rules

At FCA’s latest board meeting, it made a number of Brexit-related instruments, including: general amendments, including amendments to BTS to check they operate effectively in UK law; SMCR and approved person...

FCA publishes Brexit FAQs

FCA has created a new page on its website with FAQs on Brexit.   The website draws together questions on:

the TPR
passporting
operating and the TPP and
transaction reporting changes

FCA updates on MAR and Brexit

The FCA has updated its website to explain what will happen to the EU Market Abuse Regulation (EU MAR) after 31 December 2020. At the end of the transition period, EU MAR will be onshored into UK law by virtue of the...

FCA launches UK Benchmarks Register

In preparation for the end of the Brexit transition period, FCA has announced the launch of the new UK Benchmarks Register. The Register, which can be accessed from 11pm on 31 December 2020, will replace the ESMA...

FCA reminds firms to be ready for Brexit

FCA has reminded firms they have less than a month before the end of the transition period. It highlights: the changed rules that will apply from 1 January 2021, which are not subject to the Temporary Transitional...

PRA confirms CRDV statement date

PRA has issued a statement explaining to firms when they can expect further information on the implementation of CRD V.  PRA issued two separate consultations, the later of which closed on 17 November.  It plans to...

FCA makes new rules

FCA’s latest Handbook Notice confirms it has made the following rules at its last 3 board meetings: changes to reflect the extension of various SMCR deadlines as a result of the pandemic (made in October); the...

HM Treasury extends consultation deadlines

Financial Services Future Regulatory Framework Review Phase II Consultation – further to the consultation document published on 19 October 2020, the consultation has been extended by one month to 19 February 2021...

Regulators make Brexit reporting statements

ESMA and FCA have published statements on: the impact of the end of the transition period on the trading obligation for derivatives under MiFIR; the reporting of securities financing transactions under the UK SFTR;...

Regulators update on FS Bill reforms

Treasury, PRA and FCA have updated the industry on the planned timelines for the introduction of the UK Investment Firms Prudential Regime and implementation of remaining Basel 3 reforms.  The targeted implementation...

Government takes equivalence decisions

The Treasury has announced its first set of equivalence decisions for EEA measures.  The decisions relate to parts of EMIR, the CRR, Solvency 2, the CSDR, the Benchmarks Regulation, the CRA Regulation, the SSR and CCPs...

EBA reminds firms to finalise Brexit plans

EBA has reminded firms that, from the end of the transition period, UK firms can no longer provide services to EU customers on a passporting basis. It notes that: UK financial institutions offering services to EU...

FCA updates on EEA regulator Brexit guidance

FCA has put together an information page sharing links to the websites of EEA regulators on which they have published guidance about the effects of Brexit on UK firms operating in their jurisdictions.  Some of the pages...

FCA confirms new rules

FCA has issued a Handbook Notice summarising rule changes finalised over recent months.  Key among them are: the new section on COBS (22.6) to ban derivatives and ETNs that reference certain cryptoassets to be marketed...

UK and Japan sign free trade agreement

The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) was signed on 23 October marking the first agreement that the UK has secured as an independent trading nation. The deal is hoped to boost UK-Japan trade...

Lords responds to HMT on equivalence

Baroness Donaghy, chair of the House of Lords EU Services Sub-Committee, has responded to HMT’s letter of 21 September which set out the Government’s responses to previous queries of the Sub-Committee on UK...

HMT writes to House of Lords on equivalence

The Economic Secretary to HM Treasury, John Glen MP, has responded to the House of Lords EU Services Sub-Committee’s queries on UK-EU regulatory cooperation for UK financial services post-Brexit. In its letter to...

FPC updates on stability risks

The FPC has concluded that Covid-19 continues to put strain on households and businesses, but that banks are strong enough to keep supporting them as a result of the actions to strengthen the system taken after the 2008...

FCA updates Handbook for end of transition

FCA has published an updated version of its Handbook to reflect the rules that will apply at the end of the Brexit transition period, and explained how it will use its Temporary Transitional Power. Broadly, FCA plans to...

FCA updates on Brexit preparations

FCA has urged firms to make sure they have considered how the end of the transition period will impact them and their customers.  It has updated its webpage to include stressing that firms with any client money or...

PRA consults on pre-Brexit changes

BoE and PRA have issued a consultation on changes to its rules before the end of the transition period.  The paper covers: an update on the use of BoE and PRA’s intended use of the temporary transitional power;...

UK and Japan strike free trade deal

The Government has announced a new free trade agreement between the UK and Japan, which it says will increase trade with Japan by an estimated £15.2 bn.  For financial services, there will be improved market access and...

FCA publishes quarterly consultation

FCA’s latest quarterly consultation mainly covers: onshoring changes to the Handbook or technical changes FCA will need to make as a result of onshoring. It asks for comment on the bulk of the changes by 4...

FCA to reopen TPR window

FCA has updated its website pages on the Temporary Permissions Regime. It plans to reopen the TPR notification window on 30 September to allow for further new notifications, and to allow fund managers to update...

FMLC responds on departure from EU case law

FMLC has offered its views to the Ministry of Justice on whether courts and tribunals other than the Supreme Court and High Court of Judiciary should have the ability to depart from retained EU lase law after the end of...

Treasury amends PRIIPs requirements

Treasury has published a policy statement on how it proposes to amend the PRIIPs Regulation as it onshores it. It plans early changes to address the most pressing concerns and to ensure the regime provides more...

Lloyd’s updates on Part VII and Brexit

Lloyd’s has confirmed that, as of the end of the Transition Period on 31 December, Members’ policies will be transferred to Lloyd’s Insurance Company SA. The affected policies will be those where all...

MPs want Brexit information

The EU Services Sub-Committee has written to John Glen asking for more detail on: UK/EU equivalence – it wants to now when the Government will be publishing its decisions. The Government had said it has finished...

Commission begins Brexit warning notices

The European Commission has stated the process of sending Stakeholder Preparedness Notices, to summarise for stakeholders the effect of Brexit on over 100 sectors.  It had originally published these notices during...

FCA reformats Brexit advice

FCA has revamped its information page on Brexit. The page gives advice to firms on what they should be considering in preparation for the end of the transition period. Much of the information is not news, and includes a...

FCA to reopen TPR

FCA has updated its webpages on the temporary permissions regime, to note it will reopen the TPR windows for inbound passporting EEA firms and funds on 30 September, and will also allow fund managers to update their...

Barnier speaks on Brexit

Michel Barnier has spoken at the Eurofi General Assembly on UK/EU relations.  He noted the desire to give the EU/UK negotiations “every chance of succeeding”.  He noted he had rescheduled many other meetings...