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UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #14

Reference rates group reports - The Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates (RFR) has published an interim report and work plan. It is focusing on: - finalising the process to be followed for the RFR...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #13

Pensions guidance rules come into force - The second commencement order under the Bank of England and Financial Services Act 2016 brings into force from 13 May the provisions on pensions guidance, which extend the...more

UK Financial Services Sector regulatory landscape for 2016

In a short article it is not possible to be totally comprehensive about everything that the regulators are focused on, and which might affect you, in the year ahead but here are some of the bigger issues of which to be...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #9

Chancellor responds on tax deductibility of regulatory fines - The Chancellor has responded to a letter from Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Committee, to confirm that payments made by banks to regulators are...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #3

FCA extends COBS 13 and 14 modification by consent - FCA has published a revised direction to extend the modification by consent of its Conduct of Business Sourcebook (COBS) in relation to pension schemes. The...more

UK Senior Manager Misconduct Provisions Come Into Force

Two pieces of secondary legislation brought the revised provisions published on May 5th in the Bank of England and Financial Services Act 2016 on senior manager misconduct into force. The revised provisions replace the...more

UK Senior Manager and Certification Regime Amendments and Extension Final

The Bank of England and Financial Services Act 2016 was passed by the UK Parliament. The Act includes amendments to the Senior Manager and Certification Regime and extends the SM&CR to all UK authorized firms. The amendments...more

PF Newsletter: LMA Updates - Quarter One 2016

Legal & Regulatory - BRRD: FCA publishes modification by consent for Article 55 rules - Article 55 of the EU Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive 2014/59 (BRRD) requires European Economic Area (EEA) firms and...more

LMEShield and other developments – the LME’s continuing pivot to Asia

The announcement of the LMEShield initiative arrives off the back of a number of other Asia focused developments for the LME. The LMEShield initiative takes the LME yet one step further towards its desire of having LME...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #20

Treasury Committee publishes systemic risk buffer dispute - Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Committee, has published correspondence from BoE’s Governor, Mark Carney, in relation to a disagreement between Sir...more

Bank of England to Take Up Benchmark Administrator Role

The Bank of England announced that effective April 25, 2016, it would become the administrator of the Sterling Overnight Index Average interest rate benchmark. SONIA provides bank and building societies’ overnight funding...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #13

FCA finalises guidance on sharing SME credit information - FCA has published its finalised guidance on Small and Medium Sized Business (Credit Information) Regulations. This follows Treasury’s designation of the banks...more

Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and Chief Executive of the Prudential Regulation Authority Appointed

Sam Woods was appointed Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and Chief Executive of the Prudential Regulation Authority. Mr. Woods will succeed Andrew Bailey on July 1, 2016. Mr. Bailey will move to the Financial Conduct...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #8

OFSI publishes updated Financial Sanctions Guidance - OFSI has published an updated version of Treasury’s Financial Sanctions Guidance. It provides a guide to the approach OFSI will take when issuing licences and...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #4

BoE speaks on international banks - Sarah Breeden spoke on “taming” international banks and how, in particular, the risks these banks pose can be managed in the absence of a single global banking regulator. She looked at...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #3

FCA considers competition powers - FCA Director of Competition, Deb Jones, spoke on FCA’s use of its competition powers. She looked at the problems faced when promoting competition without a “race to the bottom”...more

UK Countercyclical Buffer Rate Increased from 2017

The Financial Policy Committee of the Bank of England published a Statement from its policy meeting on March 23, 2016. The Statement summarizes the conclusions reached by the FPC. The FPC has decided to increase the UK...more

UK 2016 Banking Stress Test Launched

The Bank of England released details of the UK 2016 banking stress test, the first to be designed under the new approach to stress testing published in October 2015. The 2016 stress test will cover seven UK banks and building...more

PRA publishes consultation paper on ‘bail-in’ provisions

On 15 March 2016, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) issued a consultation paper on its proposed amendments to the contractual recognition of bail-in provisions in the PRA Handbook. This amendment follows the temporary...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #13

SFO closes forex investigation - SFO has announced the closure of its investigation into allegations of fraudulent conduct in the foreign exchange market. SFO has concluded that despite grounds to suspect offences...more

Bank of England on EU Membership and its Statutory Objectives

An open letter from Mark Carney, Governor, Bank of England, to Andrew Tyrie, Chairman, Treasury Select Committee, on the effect of UK's EU membership on the Bank of England's statutory objectives was published. The letter was...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #8

Administrator’s charge not covered by mis-selling redress payment - A company’s former administrators sought an order under the Insolvency Act 1986 that their remuneration and expenses should be payable out of a sum owed...more

FCA and PRA Confirm That Bonus Cap Will Not Apply to Smaller Firms

On February 29, the Bank of England and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published separate press releases in relation to the implementation of the European Union’s fourth Capital Requirements Directive (CRD IV). The press...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - February 2016 #3

Treasury plans lending perimeter changes - Treasury has published the draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Order 2016 for approval by both Houses of Parliament. Treasury...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #13

FCA reinstates unfair contract terms library - FCA has reinstated its unfair contract terms library, which it has reorganised in the light of the Consumer Rights Act (CRA) and CMA guidance. FCA does not intend to publish...more

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