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FCA consults on EU MAR

FCA is consulting on the changes it will need to make to its Handbook to support the implementation of the new market abuse regime under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU MAR). UK primary legislation and FCA’s rules will need...more

FCA consults on Handbook disclosure requirements

FCA is consulting on removing certain disclosure requirements from its Handbook. It thinks the requirements are not effective in terms of informing customers about a product or service. The consultation proposes amendments in...more

FCA makes new rules

From 24 September to 22 October, FCA made changes to the following Handbook instruments: - Accountability and Whistleblowing Instrument 2015 (see FReD 9 October)...more

PRA consults on FEES

PRA has launched a consultation on its proposals for redrafting the FEES module of the Handbook to turn it into Rulebook format. It proposes the following layout...more

United States Geological Survey and Other Agencies Announce Sagebrush Restoration Handbook Series

On the heels of the recent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) decision not to list the greater sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) under the Endangered Species Act and the concurrent Bureau of Land Management (BLM)...more

What the Recent NAIC Financial Condition Examiners Handbook Changes Mean for Insurers

On September 21, 2015, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) IT Examination Working Group adopted amendments to the IT section of the Financial Condition Examiners Handbook (“the Handbook”). The changes...more

FCA publishes Handbook guide

FCA has published a reader’s guide to the new-look FCA Handbook, giving information on its structure and content....more

FCA Issues Consultation on Implementation of UCITS V and Changes to UK Investment Funds Rules

On September 3, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a consultation paper covering changes to its handbook of rules for Undertakings for the Collective Investment of Transferable Securities (UCITS) funds and other...more

FCA consults on regulation of investment funds

FCA has published a consultation paper on the implementation of the UCITS Directive (UCITS V) and other changes to the Handbook affecting investment funds: - Part I consults on rules and guidance to transpose the most...more

FCA issues quarterly consultation

FCA has issued its quarterly consultation paper on proposed miscellaneous amendments to the Handbook. The changes cover: - extending access to the FOS and how suitability rules apply in respect of advisory or management...more

FCA launches new Handbook website

FCA has launched a new Handbook website which it says will make it easier for firms to use and navigate the Handbook. In addition, PRA has launched its own PRA Rulebook website....more

FCA and PRA announce launch date of new handbook websites

New FCA Handbook and PRA Rulebook websites are set to launch on 29 August. From this date the current web address – fshandbook.info – will no longer be in use and will instead redirect users to the new Handbook or Rulebook as...more

The Professional Corporate Board – July/August 2015

One of the challenges of becoming and operating as a professional governance board is the creation of a legacy. Defining a legacy of professional governance as a culture of professionalism that isn’t limited to the members of...more

Regulators release updated energy primer

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has released an updated version of its "resource manual", Energy Primer: A Handbook of Energy Market Basics. The FERC is an independent federal agency that regulates a variety of...more

FHA Revises Single-Family Housing Policy HandBook, Extends Effective Dates

On April 30, the FHA announced revisions to its Single Family Housing Policy HandBook (HandBook) and extended the effective date for various policies contained within from June 15 to September 14, 2015....more

OCC Issues New Handbook on Deposit-Related Consumer Credit

In March, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued the “Deposit-Related Credit” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. This booklet replaces and clarifies the “Deposit-Related Consumer Credit” booklet issued...more

OCC Issues Updated RESPA Examination Guidance to Supervised Institutions

On April 14, the OCC issued the “Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act” booklet as part of the Comptroller’s Handbook, which is prepared for use by OCC examiners in connection with their examination and supervision of...more

It's Time to Start Planning Your Summer

It is hard to believe that the 2014/15 school year is coming to a close. Summer projects beckon. So, what should be on the list for your summer (other than some vacation time)? Ideally, if you haven’t done it lately, you...more

OCC “Deposit-Related Consumer Credit” Booklet of Comptroller’s Handbook to be Amended

On February 20, the OCC announced that it would be removing the “Deposited-Related Consumer Credit” booklet, originally issued on February 11, from its website. The OCC’s February 11 booklet seemingly required banks to change...more

OCC Issues New Comptroller’s Handbook Sections Relating to Securities Compliance, Litigation and Conflicts of Interest

On January 22, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued the “Government Securities Act” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. This new booklet, part of the Securities Compliance series, consolidates certain...more

Skadden Energy Law Handbook - 2014

We are pleased to announce the publication of the 2014 Skadden Energy Law Handbook, available as a PDF or via our web page. This updated edition of our 2006 Handbook addresses a broad range of energy regulation topics,...more

FHA Updates its Single Family Housing Policy Handbook

On September 30, the FHA published updates to several sections of its Single Family Housing Policy Handbook. The updates only apply to loans originated on or after June 15, 2015 and are a result of FHA’s attempt to create a...more

OCC Updates Electronic Fund Transfer Act Booklet

On August 28, the OCC issued Bulletin 2014-43, which announces the issuance of a revised “Electronic Fund Transfer Act” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. This booklet replaces the similarly titled booked issued in...more

OCC Issues Merchant Processing Booklet

On August 20, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued the “Merchant Processing” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. This booklet, which replaces the booklet of the same name issued in December 2001, has...more

OCC Updates Merchant Processing Booklet

On August 20, the OCC issued Bulletin 2014-41, which announces a new “Merchant Processing” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. This booklet replaces the booklet of the same name issued in December 2001 and provides updated...more

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