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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...

ESAs finish PRIIPs KID review

The ESAs have reported to the European Commission on the outcome of their review of the PRIIPs KID. A draft Final Report following public consultation was submitted to the boards of the 3 ESAs for approval, but...

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...

Commission consults on CMU roadmap

The European Commission is consulting on its roadmap toward capital markets union.  The “roadmap” is a short, high-level document, setting out the reasons for and priorities of the initiative. Consultation...

FCA confirms open-access trading extension

FCA has confirmed that the agreed extension to the deadline for applying the open access rules of MiFIR to trading venues and CCPs that offer trading and clearing of exchange-traded derivatives will apply equally in the...

Up next from FCA

Over the rest of 2020, FCA plans the following: consultations on mortgage borrowing and mortgage prisoners (now overdue), debt advice levy rates and exist fees in investment platforms (Summer 2020) and on financial...

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...

IOSCO consults on AI use

IOSCO is consulting on the use of AI and machine learning by market intermediaries and asset managers. It has produced guidance for its members to help them supervise its use. IOSCO notes the key potential benefits of...

FCA updates on Covid-19 delayed activities

FCA has confirmed some further delays to projects and extensions to proposed deadlines, in light of Covid-19. Various deadlines now postponed until later in 2020-or to 2021 include: The Directory of Certified Persons...

Chancellor updates on FS laws and Brexit

Rishi Sunak has made a written statement about the UK’s approach to implementing key financial services reforms before the end of 2020. The statement notes the UK’s policy intention, and the manner in which...

ESMA updates work programme

ESMA has updated its 2020 work programme to include its work on its immediate reaction to the Covid-19 crisis and what may be deprioritised as a result.  It has also published its 2019 annual report.

Randell speaks on supporting the recovery

Charles Randell has spoken to a virtual roundtable of bank chairs on how the financial services industry can work to support recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. He noted the great efforts that banks and other market...

FCA updates market abuse pages

FCA has updated the guidance on its website on reporting suspected market abuse. The guidance includes FCA’s expectations in respect of how firms should make market observations in situations where they will not...

ESMA clarifies MiFIR open access application

ESMA has issued a statement to clarify how supervisors should apply the open access provisions of MiFIR for trading venues and CCPs in the light of Covid-19. The current temporary powers to grant exemptions from the...

ESRB gives guidance on distributions

The BoE and PRA have acknowledged the ESRB recommendations on the restriction of distributions during Covid-19.  They note the recommendation will apply to the UK throughout the Transition period, and also note that...

ESMA opines on compliance function

ESMA has given new guidance on the MiFID 2 compliance function, replacing 2012 guidance.  The new version aims to provide more clarity and more convergence in implementation and supervision of the requirements of MiFID...

Up next from FCA

FCA’s latest Policy Development Update highlights the following publications due over the next few months: CP on marketing speculative illiquid securities to retail investors (including speculative mini-bonds); CP...

EP debates green finance taxonomy

On 2 June. the European Parliament recommended the Council’s position on the “taxonomy” for green finance for adoption following a second reading.  The Regulation will set out the criteria for...

FOS publishes 2019/20 data

FOS has published details of the complaints it received and dealt with in 2019/2020.  It received around 270,000 complaints and dealt with nearly 300,000, with the Ombudsman making nearly 30,000 decisions.  As ever, the...

FCA updates on LCF report delay

Dame Elizabeth Gloster wrote to FCA on 15 May to note that she would be unable to complete her investigation into FCA’s regulation of London Capital & Finance by 10th July as required. The reason for this is...

Compulsory FCA survey coming to firms

FCA is to send a survey by email with a link to 13,000 solo regulated firms,  aimed to helping FCA understand the impact of Covid 19 on regulated firms and their financial resilience, where the greatest impacts are for...

FCA takes passports from Cypriot firms

FCA has used its power to remove passporting rights from overseas firms for the first time.  It has removed the passports of four Cypriot firms that appear to have used unauthorised celebrity endorsements as part of...

ESMA updates investor protection FAQs

ESMA has updated its Q&As on investor protection issues under MiFID 2 and MiFIR. The changes specifically address what is an “acceptable minor non-monetary benefit” for the purposes of the inducements...

Market Watch Covid special

FCA’s latest edition of Market Watch looks at market conduct and discipline in the context of coronavirus. It stresses particularly the importance of complying with the standards of MAR. Given the likely need for...

FSCS announces 2020/21 levy

FSCS has announced its levy for 2020/2021 at £649m. This is £14m more than forecast in the plan and budget, mainly to reflect estimated compensation costs for LCF opf £44m which will be borne by the Life Distribution...

Government publishes draft EU/UK FTA

The Government has published a draft Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between the UK and EU. Chapter 17 of the agreement relates to financial services, which it defines as “any service of a financial nature...

FCA updates on Covid-19 and complaints

FCA has updated its webpage on  how firms should be handling consumers’ complaints during Covid-19. The page explains that FCA has asked firms to prioritise making payments where consumers have accepted offers or...

FCA gives lending application guidance

FCA has updated its webpages giving guidance to applicants for authorisation,  The latest updated page includes a sample business plan for consumer credit business, with guidance for different types of firms, and...

FCA sets out planned initiatives

FCA has published a grid prepared by the Financial Services Regulatory Initiatives Forum setting out the regulatory pipeline for the next 12 months.  The forum comprises FCA, PRA, BoE, the PSR and the CMA, with Treasury...

Government sets out equivalence views

John Glen has written to the Chair of the European Scrutiny Committee explaining the Government’s stance on equivalence in financial services.  The Government cannot provide great detail given the early stage of...

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;...

UK and Switzerland work to strengthen ties

Economiesuisse and The CityUK have been working on a joint position paper setting out how to strengthen the countries’ relationship in the time of coronavirus and in the future. In terms of financial services, the...

EFAMA calls for urgent PRIIPs KID changes

EFAMA is adamant that the Covid-19 crisis makes it all the more important for action to be taken quickly on revisions to the PRIIPs KID, which it has long argued is “fundamentally flawed”. It says the...

Regulator Covid-19 Update 27 April

On 27 April: FCA has clarified the relationship between its rules and the UK’s CBILS and Bounce Back Loan schemes.  It notes that, pending the roll-out of the BBL scheme, which, from 4 May,  will give small...

Commission approves Green Finance position

The European Commission has sent a Communication to the Parliament on the sustainable finance initiative. It explains the background to the “taxonomy” for the common classification system, and the areas on...

Regulator Covid-19 update 22 April

On 22 April FCA published a new webpage on PII cover for financial advisers. It recognises that firms may be concerned about their ability to renew their PII during the Covid-19 crisis, which may impact on their...

FCA updates on funds expectations

FCA has updated its website in respect of funds and Covid-19. It has added sections on: its flexibility around statements on 10% portfolio value reporting – which is the same as for retail business as outlined by...

Regulator Covid-19 Update 8 April

On 8 April: PRA welcomed the decision by some insurance companies to pause dividends. The decisions followed PRA’s letter of 31 March; PRA’s credit union supervision team wrote to firms explaining...

FCA consults on fees

FCA has published its fees and levies proposals for 2020/2021.  Covid-19 has affected FCA’s plans, and it is taking action to protect small and medium sized firms from the burden of regulatory fees.  Comments are...

Regulator Covid-19 Update 7 April

Regulatory fatigue may be starting to set in, as there were fewer regulatory announcements directly consequent on Covid-19 on 7 April. FCA made its rules on deferring commencement of various handbook provisions on...

FCA Business Plan 20/21

The FCA published its business plan for the coming year this morning.  The plan focuses around 5 key priorities for the year.  It has been significantly reshaped because of coronavirus as it was intended to show the...

Regulator Covid-19 Update 6 April

On 6 April, the regulators further update their Covid-19 measures: FCA updated its expectations on solo-regulated firms in respect of the SMCR; FCA published a summary of queries it has received on client assets...

Regulator Covid-19 update 3 April

On 3 April: PRA and FCA updated dual-regulated firms on how their should deal with furloughing and compliance with the SMCR; EBA published guidelines on the criteria for public and private moratoria applied before 30...

Regulator Covid-19 Update 2 April

On 2 April, the main regulatory initiative was FCA’s emergency consultation on consumer protection measures in the regulated lending markets.  Also: PRA and Treasury confirmed the delay of Basel 3.1 by one year...

ESMA publishes MiFID 2 reports

ESMA has published 2 reports on the impact of MiFID 2: advice to the Commission on the impact of the inducements and costs and charges disclosure requirements: despite some respondents to its consultation proposing...

FLA gets firms access to CBIL Scheme

FLA has successfully negotiated with the Government to get access for independent and non-bank lenders to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. It says this was critical to allow firms to continue to run...

FCA writes to retail firm CEOs on Covid-19

FCA has written a Dear CEO letter to firms that provide services to retail investors.  It notes that it has received hundreds of requests from trade associations and firms for it to adapt its regulatory approach, and...

Lords calls for UK/EU cooperation

The House of Lords EU Financial Affairs Committee has written to Rishi Sunak urging the government to set up a structured dialogue with the EU that will support cross-border financial services.  It wants: to minimise...

Regulator Covid-19 Update 26 March

On 26 March: FCA, while confirming its intention to be flexible to allow firms to keep operating, noted that they should also be planning ahead and ensuring sound management of their financial resources. It says buffers...

Regulators give leeway on company accounts

The FRC, PRA and FCA have announced a series of actions to help listed companies during the Covid-19 crisis. Listed companies may have an additional 2 months to publish audited financial statements. But issuers are...

Government confirms extension of TTP

In a statement to Parliament, Lord Agnew of Oulton, the Minister of State, has noted a statement from Treasury that it expects “in general” the same laws and rules to apply as the transition period ends, it...

ESMA extends response dates

ESMA has extended the response date of all consultations due to close on or after 16 March by 4 weeks. This includes the consultation on technical standards for the provision of investment services and activities in the...

FSCS comments on LCF judicial review

As a judicial review action starts in respect of eligibility of London Capital & Finance investors for FSCS payment, FSCS commented that this is a large case, and that it had carried out extensive factual...

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...

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...

EU writes to Chancellor on equivalence

Valdis Dombrovskis has written to Rishi Sunak on equivalence assessments. The letter merely notes that both sides should start to assess equivalence as soon as possible, on the basis of the Political Declaration, with a...

Treasury consults on UK/Gibraltar FS access

Treasury is consulting on the post-Brexit market access arrangements between the UK and Gibraltar. Constitutionally, Gibraltar is an Overseas Territory with internal self-government. Responsibility for financial...

PRA writes to chairs on board diversity

PRA has written to the chairs of dual regulated firms reinforcing the importance it places on diversity within boards for improving decision making and providing effective challenge. It reminds firms it expects them to...

FCA writes to CEOs on end of LIBOR

FCA has written a Dear CEO letter to asset management firms on preparing for the end of LIBOR. It expects firms to take all reasonable steps to ensure the end of LIBOR does not lead to markets being disrupted or...

More UK/EU policies revealed

The Government has published a policy paper on its approach to the future relationship with the EU. It sets out the Government’s suite of proposals, based around the desire for a comprehensive Free Trade...

Dormant Assets Scheme Consultation

This morning, HM Treasury published a consultation document setting out its proposals for expanding the dormant assets scheme. The consultation discusses the background to the current scheme and then sets out proposals...

Financial services after Brexit updates

The EU Financial Affairs Sub-committee has opened an inquiry into financial services after Brexit and has been taking evidence. Most recently it has been questioning the BoE and FCA.  They largely discussed the key...

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...