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Firms’ non-financial misconduct under FCA spotlight thanks to SM&CR
August 1, 2019
Sexual harassment and other forms of “non-financial misconduct” are now on equal footing with types of financial misconduct with the FCA. Firms and employees are at risk of regulatory sanctions for failure to fulfill the FCA’s evolving diversity and inclusion expectations.
EMIR REFIT
June 17, 2019
The amended European Market Infrastructure Regulation (“EMIR REFIT” or simply “REFIT”) came into force on 17 June. It’s designed to simplify a derivatives regime currently seen as burdensome to some market participants, particularly those whose risk profile is unlikely to impact macro stability. In this note, we summarise the key reforms and give some pointers about what you need to think about.
FCA puts Private Markets Firms’ Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crime Controls under the spotlight
June 13, 2019
Given the tone of the business plan with regards to financial crime, and a reiteration of its focus on firm governance and culture, it is no surprise that the assessments by the FCSST focussed on 6 areas. If the indications from the documents requested by the FCSST, and the interviews that took place during the onsite portion of the assessment, are anything to go by, it is clear the FCA is following through on its intent to be more intrusive.
FCA: Turning Up the Heat on Market Abuse
May 13, 2019
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has made no secret of its intention to crack down on firms and individuals that fail to meet their obligations under the Market Abuse Regulations (MAR) and FCA rules.
Transaction Reporting: Six common failings
May 8, 2019
Hot on the heels of two well publicised MiFID I fines for transaction reporting failings, the FCA has published Market Watch 59, the content of which is totally monopolised by transaction reporting.  This signals that the regulator is now squarely turning its attention to failings under the MiFID II regime. The FCA once more reinforces the importance of complete and accurate transaction reports. 
FCA Business Plan 2019/20
April 30, 2019
On 17 April, the FCA published its Business Plan for 2019/2020, setting out its key priorities and specific activities for the coming year. Read on for a summary of the areas of priority we believe will be of interest to firms in the wholesale arena, and a dissection of Mr Bailey’s vision.
Transaction reporting
April 25, 2019
Numerous firms who have undertaken complex, expensive and burdensome projects to build their reporting frameworks have mistaken the light at the end of the implementation tunnel as the end of the MiFID II challenge. Some firms are looking the wrong way down the tunnel, and others might well be watching the FCA enforcement train leaving the station.
Brexit and the FCA's Temporary Permissions Regime
April 2, 2019
With the UK government’s desperate attempts to achieve a Brexit settlement having reached a crescendo, the FCA continues to make preparations for the worst case no-deal scenario. There appears still to be some uncertainty about who the regime applies to. This alert updates our previous alert on the same topic, with the objective of providing certainty to our clients on the current position.
One year on: MiFID II continues to challenge
January 3, 2019
As of today, 3 January, the EU’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) has been live for a year. However, firms – and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – are continuing to encounter challenges around the implementation of this significant package of changes.
Trader looking at screen
December 13, 2018
The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is increasing its focus on market abuse at buy-side firms with new publications, activities and potential enforcement actions, according to panellists at an ACA Compliance Group (Europe) briefing held in London in mid-November.
Brexit: the impact on your marketing and distribution activities
November 21, 2018
With four months to go until the United Kingdom’s anticipated exit of the European Union, the world braces itself for the final ‘divorce’ arrangements to be agreed, and to understand the subsequent consequences of those decisions.  With questions still unanswered on how Brexit will impact investment firms, we examine possible marketing and distribution issues post-Brexit.
FCA Warns Firms Over Market Abuse Surveillance
October 11, 2018
The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) outlined a number of observations relating to market abuse surveillance. These should serve as a reminder and encourage investment management firms to review their existing policies, systems and controls in this area. But what does this guidance say and how should firms best take heed?