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UK Market Abuse Regime Extends Its Reach: Implications for Issuers

Companies trading on either the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market or AIM should ensure that their systems and procedures reflect changes to their disclosure and other obligations arising from the implementation of the new...more

Proposed Amendments to UK Proceeds of Crime and Terrorism Legislation 

A Bill was introduced in the UK Parliament proposing amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and Terrorism Act 2000. The Bill forms part of the UK Government’s Action Plan to counter money laundering and the funding of...more

The Senior Managers Regime – should GCs be worried?

In March this year the PRA and the FCA introduced the Senior Managers Regime (‘SMR’) for individuals associated with banks and PRA regulated investment firms (from 2018 the SMR will apply to all UK authorised firms). The...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Fines Aviva for Client Asset and Money Failings

The Financial Conduct Authority published the final notice issued to Aviva Pension Trustees UK Limited and Aviva Wrap UK Limited, fining the firms £8,246,800 for failing to have adequate controls and oversight arrangements to...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Consults Further on Implementation of MiFID II

The Financial Conduct Authority launched its third consultation on the implementation of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive in the UK. The consultation paper is split into two parts. The first part is on...more

Former Investment Portfolio Manager Charged by UK Regulator with Insider Dealing

The Financial Conduct Authority announced that it had instituted criminal proceedings against Mark Alexander Lyttleton for alleged insider dealing...more

Full Disclosure: FCA Proposes Additional Cost Transparency Obligations for UK Managers

Key Point - Proposed rules require UK firms to identify and disclose all transaction costs incurred for pension fund investors. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a Consultation Paper (CP16/30)...more

Financial Services - Preparing Your Global Workforce for the New UK Whistleblowing Regime

New rules on whistleblowing have come into effect which impact certain Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) regulated financial services firms. The aim of these rules is to promote a...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Discusses the Application of the Senior Managers Regime to a Firm's Legal Function

The Financial Conduct Authority published a discussion paper about how and why the legal function currently falls within the Senior Manager & Certification Regimes and whether it should continue to do so. In the lead up to...more

UK Regulators Propose Extending Some of Their Whistleblowing Requirements to UK Branches of Overseas Banks

The Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority launched separate consultations on proposals to extend some of their whistleblowing requirements to UK branches of non-EEA banks. The proposals do not...more

UK Regulators Revise Rules on Regulatory References

The Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority published revised rules on regulatory references for banking and insurance firms subject to the Senior Manager and Certification Regime and the Senior...more

Aviva’s £8.2M FCA Fine a Stark Reminder that Regulated Firms Cannot Outsource Their Regulatory Responsibilities

The FCA has fined Aviva, the UK insurance group, £8.2 million for failing to have appropriate controls over its outsourced service providers. According to the FCA’s press release, the fine would have been even larger at £11.8...more

UK Regulators Consult on Compensation Guidance

The Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority published proposed revised guidance on remuneration, principally to bring their guidance into line with the European Banking Authority's Guidelines on...more

UK Regulators Move to Amend UK's Senior Manager & Certification Regime

The Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority launched a consultation proposing amendments to the Senior Manager & Certification Regime. Most of the changes result from the legislative changes made...more

Banking Disputes Quarterly Q3 2016

A recent Supreme Court judgment con rms that claims for malicious prosecution of civil proceedings can be brought under English law. It was previously unclear whether malicious prosecution claims were limited to the conduct...more

SFC Circular to Managers of SFC Authorised Funds Addressing Liquidity Risk Management

Key Points - - All managers of SFC authorised funds (including overseas managers of SFC authorised funds) are required to enhance internal liquidity risk management processes and procedures in order to implement...more

FCA proposes new measures to strengthen Senior Managers and Certification Regime

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced that it will consult on new measures to reinforce individual accountability, six months after the Senior Managers and Certification Regime was introduced....more

Key Takeaways: Government Enforcement Investigations – Trends and Perspectives from the UK, US and China

On September 20, 2016, Skadden presented a seminar titled “Government Enforcement Investigations – Trends and Perspectives from the UK, US and China” in London. The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Director of Enforcement...more

FCA Says Big Data Use by Insurers Generally Working Fine—Data Protection Concerns Flagged

The UK’s financial services regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has recently published summaries of the responses it received to a Call for Inputs (CfI) on the use of big data in the retail general insurance...more

The new market abuse regime: a long road for financial institutions to navigate

On 3 July 2016, the Market Abuse Regulation (596/2014/EU) (MAR) came into force. Even though guidance and clarity from the European Securities and Markets Authority is still awaited in relation to certain key aspects of MAR,...more

UK Regulator Bans former Barclays Wealth Management Chief Operating Officer

The Financial Conduct Authority published a Final Notice banning Mr. Andrew James Tinney from the UK financial services industry. Mr. Tinney was the Global Chief Operating Officer of Barclays Wealth and Investment Management,...more

Blog: The FCA’s approach to cyber security in financial services firms

Nausicaa Delfas, the FCA’s Director of Specialist Supervision has delivered a speech at the FT’s Cyber Security Summit, about the FCA’s approach to cyber security in financial services firms. There are 3 short takeaways...more

Regtech rising: Automating regulation for financial institutions

Regulatory compliance is timeconsuming and expensive for both financial institutions and regulators. The volume of information that parties must monitor and evaluate is enormous. The rules are often complex and difficult to...more

Blog: HM Treasury consults on a new definition of “financial advice”

Consumers ask for advice or guidance on financial matters at different times and for different reasons. Some want to make their own investment decisions, and guidance would help. Some need limited advice on a particular...more

UK Regulator Consults on Qualification Standards for Financial Advisers

The Financial Conduct Authority published a consultation paper on proposed updates to the current appropriate qualification examination standards. Individuals within regulated firms that, for example, advise on securities,...more

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