Tag Archives: competition

Increase in limit on Building Societies’ maximum currency transaction size

Treasury has published the Building Societies (Restricted Transactions) (Amendment to the Limit on the Trade in Currencies) Order 2017. This Order increases the limit set out in section 9A of the Building Societies Act 1997 at which building societies can convert currency from £100,000 to £3 million, in order to better reflect the nature and […]

Digital comparison tools: government responds to CMA market study

Earlier this year, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published the results of a market study into the use of digital comparison tools in a number of sectors, including car insurance, home insurance and credit cards. The findings of the market study included strong concern about the use of ‘most favoured nation’ clauses, which can […]

Payment Services Regulator requires change to Direct Debit rules regarding switching Facilities Management providers

The Payment Services Regulator (PSR) has published its decision to require the operator of the Bacs payment system, of which the Direct Debit scheme is a part, to change its rules to help clients switch Facilities Management (FM) service providers. Direct Debit FM service providers enable organisations which aren’t specifically approved or sponsored as Bacs […]

FCA sets out future approach to authorisation and competition

FCA has outlined its approach to authorisation and to competition. It notes it is one of the few financial regulators in the world with an objective that includes promoting competition. It wants to understand, in relation to authorisations: whether applicants clearly understand how to meet the Threshold Conditions – and, if not, how FCA could […]

FCA issues first statement of objection to asset managers

FCA has issued a statement of objections to 4 asset managers who it believes may have acted in breach of competition law. The statement (which has not been published) is the first time FCA has brought a case using its competition enforcement powers. It says that Artemis Investment Management LLP, Hargreave Hale Ltd, Newton Investment […]

CMA investigation in the investment consultancy services market

Following the referral of the investment consultancy services market by the FCA to the CMA earlier this year, the CMA is now entering the phase of further information gathering and has updated its investigations page with the responses to issues statement received from the industry. The referral by the FCA followed its Asset Management Market […]

CMA publishes decision on payment systems merger

CMA has published the full text of its decision on whether the anticipated merger of Bacs Limited, FPS Limited, and C&CC Limited would result in a substantial lessening of competition and would therefore be referred under section 33(1) of the Enterprise Act 2002. CMA has concluded that the Merger does not raise competition concerns as there […]

BoE publishes revised Settlement Account Policy

BoE has published a revised Settlement Account Policy to include non-bank PSPs in its real-time gross settlement (RTGS) system. It wants these changes to allow non-bank PSPs to compete on a more level playing field with banks as it will reduce the dependence on them for access to payment systems. This policy change is designed to […]

FCA announces RTGS extension

FCA has announced that BoE is extending access to settlement accounts in its real-time gross settlement (RTGS) system to non-bank payment service providers (NBPSPs). This will enable NBPSPs to have direct access to the UK’s sterling payment systems. In the first instance an NBPSP applying for RTGS access will have their application reviewed by the […]

FCA looks at competition and investment consultancy

FCA had made a provisional decision to make a market investigation reference of investment consultancy services. In February, three major providers of these services offered undertakings in lieu (UIL) for FCA to consider, saying they would amend their practices without the need for FCA to make new rules. FCA has decided to reject it, but […]