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The latest regulatory update – March 2021

Regulatory Update March 2021 In this issue we cover: Contactless payments limit to be raised to £100 EU/UK Memorandum of Understanding regarding financial services FCA publishes the number of STORs

Supervisory flexibility: RTS 27 reports & depreciation notification

In this post we discuss the temporary measures for RTS 27 reports and 10% depreciation notifications. On 19 March 2021 the FCA announced they are putting in place temporary measures

The latest regulatory update – February 2021

Regulatory Update February 2021 In this issue we cover: The Governor’s speech FCA updates on operation of the MiFID Market’s Regime FCA publishes its review of how firms implement technology

Covid-19 Vaccination Data and GDPR Implications

In this post we discuss: Collection of Covid-19 vaccination data GDPR lawful basis for collecting and retaining this data Employee confidentiality. As the vaccination programme gathers speed, many offices will

The latest regulatory update – January 2021

Regulatory Update January 2021 In this issue we cover: ·      Implications of the end of the Brexit transition period on JMLSG Guidance ·      MiFID II reverse solicitation rules ·      FCA

Environmental Social and Governance (ESG)

In this post we discuss Disclosure regulation Compliance culture Diversity Risk and reputation management Whistleblowing Conflicts of interest Organisational requirements There have been many studies showing that good corporate governance

The challenges for compliance in 2021

Brexit Having reached the end of the transitionary period, the EU did not give the UK “equivalent” status in financial services and although both sets of regulations are presently harmonised,

The latest regulatory update – December 2020

Regulatory Update December In this issue we cover: Cloud Service Providers FCA fines and prohibits hedge fund Chief Investment Officer for market abuse FCA consults on the Investment Firm Prudential

Data Protection & the UK and EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement

The recently agreed UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) will allow personal data to continue to flow freely from the EU (and EEA) to the UK, until adequacy decisions have

The latest regulatory update – November 2020

Regulatory Update November Commission launches public consultation on criteria defining environmentally sustainable activities On 22 November 2020, the European Commission issued a consultation on a draft delegated act under the

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) update

The ruling by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) on 16 July 2020 in the Schrems II case has far reaching implications for the transfer of personal data

The FCA Directory – deadline 31st March

The deadline for solo-regulated firms to submit their data via Connect to the Directory of Certified and Assessed Persons using the single entry submission form is 31 March 2021. The

The latest regulatory update – October 2020

Regulatory Update October 2020 FCA update on complaint handling The FCA has updated its webpage concerning firms’ handling of complaints during the COVID-19 pandemic. The FCA has updated information on Payment Protection

Market Abuse in a time of Coronavirus

On 12 Oct Julia Hoggett (FCA director of Market Oversight) gave a speech at the City Financial Global event in which she highlighted the effects of the Coronavirus on market

The latest regulatory update – September 2020

Regulatory Update September 2020 FCA call for input on the consumer investments market The FCA has published a call for input (by 15 December 2020) to help shape its work

The new prudential regime for MiFID investment firms

The FCA recently published a discussion paper (DP20/02) setting out the technical details on the EU’s Investment Firm Directive (IFD) and the Investment Firm Regulation (IFR). As the UK has

The latest regulatory update – August 2020

August Regulatory Update FCA Dear CEO letter: Non-discretionary investment firms to take action to prevent client harm Over recent months, the FCA has published a raft of guidance for firms

Is your Management Information good enough?

Good Management Information (MI) plays an important part in identifying, measuring, managing, and controlling risks of regulatory concern within firms. To be most effective it must be seen by the

REP008: Conduct Rules reporting for solo-regulated firms

On 14 August 2020, the FCA published a new web page relating to the annual conduct rules reporting requirement that the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) introduced for solo-regulated firms. The

The latest regulatory update – July 2020

Modification by consent: SUP 10A.5.6 On 10 July 2020, the FCA published a new web page concerning a modification by consent of SUP 10A.5.6. The modification by consent extends the period

CEO Letter: Inappropriate use of title transfer collateral arrangements

On 24 July 2020, the FCA published a Dear CEO letter to authorised firms acting as brokers in wholesale financial markets, who currently, or may in the future, offer services

Conduct Risk Framework – what the FCA expects

Conduct risk continues to be a focus for the FCA. As it is not an FCA defined term, firms need to understand what it means. The FCA expects firms to

The Latest Regulatory Update – June 2020

Market trading and reporting – FCA On 27 May 2020, the FCA published Primary Market Bulletin Issue No. 28 which provides an update on temporary relief for the timing of the publication

FCA Assessing adequate financial resources

The FCA’s “FG 20/1 Our framework: assessing adequate financial resources” was published on 11 June 2020 and will impact in the region of 45,000 FCA regulated firms. The changes represent

Regulatory references & the Senior Managers & Certification Regime

It has been six months since the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) became applicable to solo regulated FCA firms and although the movement of employees is less than it

ESMA guidance on the compliance function under MiFiD ii

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), published on the 10 June 2020 the final guidelineson the MiFID II compliance function. These guidelines replace the ESMA guidelines on the same

Expectations of Market Conduct during the Coronavirus Crisis

The FCA published Market Watch 63 on the 27th May 2020 where they set out their expectations of market conduct in the context of increased capital raising events and alternative

Building a workable Risk Register – Technology (Part 3)

In Part 1 of our Risk Register series, we looked at operational risk and resilience and the responsibilities of individuals within a firm to manage these. Part 2 took a

This month’s Latest regulatory developments

COVID-19 – FCA statement on how firms should handle post and paper documents The FCA published a statement on the 13th May 2020 which sets out its position on the

What Good Governance looks like in regulated firms

FCA Expectations Corporate governance is the system of rules, practices and processes by which a company is directed and controlled. For regulated firms, the governance structure is not prescribed, although