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Category - Fintech & Innovation

FCA updates on Innovation Hub help

FCA has updated its information on requesting Innovation Hub support in light of Covid-19. It wants to hear from firms who have creative and innovative solutions to the challenges the virus is posing, and is...

Up next from FCA

Unsurprisingly, FCA’s recent publications have almost exclusively focused on Covid-19. However, in BAU, it still proposes: a consultation on exit fees on investment platforms and comparable firms over the summer;...

FMLC responds on crypto taxonomy

FMLC has responded to the European Commission’s consultation on classification of crypto assets. The detailed response notes: the current parallel classification of cryptoassets in the UK on the one hand and the...

JMLSG consults on crypto guidance

JMLSG is consulting on a new part to its sectoral guidance, to cover cryptoasset exchange providers and custodian wallet providers. The new Part 22: defines crypto-assets, noting some examples which firms should...

PIFMA concerned about Open Finance

PIFMA has responded to FCA’s call for input on open finance. While it applauds FCA’s stance on encouraging innovation, and feels the financial services sector has lagged behind other sectors in adopting...

FCA speaks on digital assets

Therese Chambers has spoken on the financial crime risks presented by stablecoins and other digital assets. She spoke of: early attempts to launch non-state backed digital currency, and Bitcoin’s predecessors...

EIOPA speaks on digital finance risks

Fausto Parente, EIOPA executive director, has spoken on managing the risks of digital finance in cyber underwriting.  He spoke of the value of data to insurers in enabling them to customise customer products, but the...

FATF blacklists Iran

At FATF’s February plenary meeting it: updated its list of high risk jurisdictions. Notably, it decided Iran has not met commitments to complete its action plan, or enact the Palermo and Terrorist Financing...

FCA publishes annual sector views

The FCA has just published its annual sector views report which comprises a state of the nation in terms of the financial services industry. The report sets out the drivers for change in each financial services sector...

Up next from FCA

The latest Policy Development Update highlights the following publications before the end of Q1 2020: policy statement on fees and levies; consultation on exit fees in investment platforms and comparable firms;...

FCA writes strategy letter to platforms

FCA’s latest  portfolio strategy letter to CEOs has been sent to platforms. It starts by making the point that it expects firms will have used the SMCR to ensure clear accountability within senior management and...

FCA updates AML pages

FCA has updated its pages on AML to take account of the coming into force of the changes to the MLRs implementing MLD5 and the regime for registration of those in the cryptoasset sector. It also confirmed the...

FCA confirms crypto-AML requirements

FCA has formally confirmed that it has, as of 10 January, become the AML/CTF supervisor of businesses carrying on certain crypto-asset activities that now fall under the MLRs.  It reminds market participants that no new...

UK regulators announce data reforms

The FCA has released its new Data Strategy which outlines plans to develop its data capabilities through a renewed focus on the use of advanced analytics and automation techniques.  The FCA hopes this strategy, an...

EVENT: Retail Banking Mixer

Bringing together professionals in the insurance, banking and other financial services sectors, we will be hosting the first of our quarterly RETAIL BANKING MIXERS at our Edinburgh office on 9th January from 4pm –...

FCA calls for input on open finance

FCA has launched a Call for Input on Open Finance. The concept builds on the principles of open banking and extends it to a wider range of products.  FCA has a vision that open finance will allow consumers and...

EU calls for halt on stablecoins

The European Council and Commission have called for a halt on any stablecoin arrangements in the EU, saying they should not start operating until the legal, regulatory and oversight challenges and risks have been...

AFME calls for crypto supervision convergence

AFME has published a paper setting out recommendations to help deliver consistent regulatory treatment of crypto-assets within Europe. It wants to establish a taxonomy; provide clear expectations for market participants...

FSB holds Paris plenary

The FSB Plenary met in Paris to review vulnerabilities in the global financial system and to discuss advances in FinTech.  The Plenary also agreed its work programme for 2020. Current vulnerabilities The Plenary...

FATF consults on digital identity

FATF is consulting on the use of digital ID systems for CDD.  It has published some currently unapproved guidance and is asking for views on a number of key issues. It asks for comment by 29 November.

FCA speaks on future of regulation

Nausicaa Delfas spoke on the future of UK financial regulation post-Brexit. She said FCA continued to prepare for Brexit, whatever form it takes and whenever it happens, and referenced its preparations for a no-deal...

FMLC evaluates exchange tokens

The Financial Markets Law Commission has published a report in which it evaluates some of the live issues and considerations in relation to exchange tokens and virtual currencies. The report provides an overview of...

Regulatory risks of Stablecoins in focus

The emergence of global stablecoins has been a focus point over the past few days, with the FSB, FATF and the G7 Working Group on Stablecoins all publishing statements on the impact and risks of the development of these...

FCA updates on Brexit preparations

In a recent speech, Andrew Bailey, the chief executive of the FCA, provided an update on the FCA’s state of preparation for Brexit, and in particular for a no-deal, no-transition Brexit scenario. However, while Mr...

ESAs respond on crypto assets

EBA and ESMA have published a joint response to the Commissions’ paper on crypto-assets.  The response explains the work the ESAs are undertaking, including an imminent national stock-taking exercise on the...

ASA takes action on misleading crypto ad

ASA has told HDR Global Trading to take down an ad and ensure in future that financial information was set out so as to be readily understood by the audience it was aimed at and that the risks of the relevant...

EBA FinTech report published

The EBA has analysed the regulatory landscape for FinTech firms, both in terms of activities around the regulatory perimeter and within authorisation.  The report sets out the findings of this analysis, including...

FCA discusses AI in financial services

In a recent speech, Christopher Woolard of the FCA considered three lenses through which the FCA views the issues relating to AI: what are new, and what are existing issues; how to ensure that AI creates value for...

CMA launches digital advertising market study

The CMA has launched a study into online platforms and digital advertising. The study will focus on harm caused by consumers in connection with three areas of digital advertising: the extent online platforms (such as...

FCA speaks on regulating innovation

Christopher Woolard has spoken on regulating financial innovation. He explained how valuable early engagement is, and how working with innovative firms helps FCA to get a good bird’s eye view of what it should...

BIS to set up Innovation Hub

The Board of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has announced the establishment of a BIS Innovation Hub to foster international collaboration on innovative financial technology within the central banking...

FCA publishes first perimeter report

FCA has published the first of what will be an annual report on its regulatory perimeter. Among other things, the report is designed to explain what challenges the perimeter is presenting and whether there might be a...

FCA speaks on tech activism

Nick Cook, FCA’s director of innovation, has spoken on the need for regulators to keep up to speed with innovation.  He spoke about: the continuing success of the FCA sandbox and the high proportion of firms that...

FSB Report on Crypto-Asset Risks

The FSB has published a report on crypto-assets,  which will be delivered to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors ahead of their meeting in Fukuoka in June 2019. In particular the report notes: the work...

FCA Call for Input on Cross-Sector Sandbox

The FCA has published a Call for Input, requesting the views of interested parties on the concept of cross-sector sandbox. Since October 2018, the FCA has engaged with a range of regulators and a small group of firms to...

LawTech UK consults on crypto issues

The LawTech Delivery Panel, set up under a Government and Law Commission initiative, is consulting on the status of cryptoassets, DLT and smart contracts under English private law.  The consultation notes: the...

BoE speaks on embracing Fintech

Dave Ramsden has spoken at the Innovate Finance Global Summit, stressing the importance of fintech, and of BoE’s ability to keep on top of developments. He spoke of the anniversary of the BoE Fintech Hub and...

FCA heralds Innovate success

Christopher Woolard has spoken on FCA’s continuing work to promote innovation.  As part of its drive, it has published an evaluation of its Innovate services, which have now supported nearly 700 firms.  FCA...

FSB updates on market issues

FSB, in its latest plenary meeting, discussed: current vulnerabilities in the global financial system; developing a surveillance network for potential vulnerabilities; areas where supervisory policies and practices...

FCA publishes research agenda

One of the documents that accompanied FCA’s Business Plan is its Research Agenda.  This sets out its intentions in respect of the themes that underpin the Business Plan. The document explains how FCA welcomes...

EU launches new fintech platform forum

The European Commission and ESAs have announced the launch of the European Forum for Innovation Facilitators (EFIF). There are currently 21 innovation hubs and 5 regulatory sandboxes in the EU, and the regulators want...

FCA publishes final no-deal Brexit rules

Perhaps in anticipation of what would follow later in the day, FCA published its final instruments and guidance that would apply in the event of a no-deal, no-implementation period Brexit, on the morning of 29 March...

FCA looks at life beyond Brexit

In a speech on Brexit delivered by Nausicaa Delfas, Executive Director of International, the FCA reminded firms that the deadline for notifications under the temporary permissions regime is 28 March 2019.  Firms that...

FCA Update on Digital Regulatory Reporting

The FCA has updated its webpage on digital regulatory reporting (DRR) by publishing – a video which explains the concept of DRR and outlines the work carried out by the DRR pilot group; a report which sets out an...

BCBS Statement on crypto-assets

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has published a statement on crypto-assets. The Committee acknowledges that while the crypto-asset market remains small relative to that of the global financial system, and...

BoE and FCA update on Brexit approach

BoE and FCA have updated their respective websites with coordinated information on their approach to a hard Brexit. BoE has published a series of materials setting out its updated plans to its supervisory approach to a...