Tag Archives: Product governance

FCA updates on product governance

FCA has provided an update on its work on product governance in small and medium sized retail banks.  Its recent review looked at 2 year fixed rate savings products and how firms’ product governance frameworks help them to identify and manage the ongoing conduct risks of their products. It specifically wanted to assess how firms […]

FCA publishes third policy statement on IDD implementation

FCA has published its third policy statement on IDD implementation, responding to feedback received on various consultations and providing near-final rules. In relation to life insurance distribution business, it covers requirements relating to: Inducements; Suitability and appropriateness; and Information and product disclosure. In relation to all insurance distribution business, it covers requirements relating to: Conflicts […]

FCA publishes second IDD policy statement

As the implementation date for the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) approaches, the FCA has published the second of its three policy statements on the implementation of IDD, PS17/27.  This policy statement contains near-final amendments to the FCA’s rules to enable firms to be able to prepare based on the substance of what the final versions […]

UK Finance publishes MiFID 2 guidelines

UK Finance has published guidance for firms on product governance and retail costs and charges under MiFID 2. The guidelines on product governance look at the “target market” criteria, which include recommendations on information exchange between manufacturers and distributors. UK Finance notes that MiFID 2 will have the effect of creating industry-wide renegotiations and has […]

EIOPA publishes Opinion on monetary incentives and remuneration between asset managers and insurers

EIOPA has published an Opinion, addressed to national competent authorities (NCAs), which focuses on consumer protection issues related to monetary incentives and remuneration between providers of asset management services and insurance undertakings. While not an issue in all member states, EIOPA has found that unmitigated conflicts of interest and the management of unit-linked policies by insurers […]

European Parliament calls for delay of IDD application until 1 October 2018

The European Parliament has published decisions, which raise no objections to the IDD delegated acts on: product oversight and governance requirements for insurance undertakings and insurance distributors; and information requirements and conduct of business rules applicable to the distribution of insurance-based investment products. The Parliament considers that the deadline for transposition of IDD should remain 23 February 2018, […]

European Commission adopts IDD delegated regulations

The European Commission has adopted the following two delegated regulations in relation to IDD: conduct of business rules for the distribution of insurance-based investment products; and product oversight and governance requirements  for insurance undertakings and insurance distributors. The next step will be for the Council of the EU and the European Parliament to consider the […]

Examining product governance guidelines under MiFID II

The product governance guidelines under MiFID II are part of the regulatory framework aimed at protecting investors across the EEA.  ESMA published its final report on the guidelines on 2 June 2017. Bond Dickinson has produced a briefing note that looks at: the purpose of the guidelines, how the guidelines differ from ESMA’s consultation, the […]

ESMA finalises product governance guidelines

ESMA has published its final report on product governance guidelines under MiFID 2. It received over 100 responses to its consultation on the guidelines, which were generally supportive. However, ESMA has made some changes to the guidelines as a result of the comments. The final guidelines will now apply from 3 January 2018 and will […]

WMA responds on product governance

WMA’s response to ESMA’s consultation on draft guidelines on product governance under MiFID 2 highlights: that execution-only firms are not clear on what is expected of them, given the restricted information they hold about their clients; the need to stress manufacturers of mass market products should seek only relevant information. WMA thinks the focus should […]

ESMA’s MiFID 2 product governance guidelines

Andrew Barber and Emma Radmore gave an interview to Lexis PSL on ESMA’s draft product governance guidelines for manufacturers and distributors of products covered by MiFID 2. We have now published the contents of this interview.

ESMA consults on product governance guidance

ESMA is consulting on draft guidelines for supervisors to help them assess whether product manufacturers and distributors have properly complied with MiFID 2’s requirements on product governance. The guidelines focus on the determination of target markets for products.