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    Top Tips for a Successful ICO

    25.05.2018

    Following the media attention given to cryptocurrencies during their price rise in late 2017, interest in Initial Coin Offerings (“ICOs”) is greater than ever. However, these offerings are still a relatively new method of raising capital and lack a unified regulatory system. CMS has used its experience in assisting companies ...

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    On 17 May 2018 the FCA published Guidance Consultation GC18/2: Fairness of variation terms in financial services consumer contacts under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA). The draft guidance sets out the FCA’s understanding of how the law on unfair terms operates in the context of variation terms. In preparing ...

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    The new regime aims to strengthen the regulation of claims management companies (CMCs) in response to reports of malpractice in the sector. Background The perception of widespread misconduct in the claims management industry led the UK Government to commission the Brady Review in 2015. The Review’s final report, published in ...

  • European Parliament, Strasbourg

    This week in outline: Both the ECB and EIOPA published hard-line warnings about the need for preparations for a ‘no deal’ scenario; they put the onus on firms and emphasised that they could not yet rely on a transition period (or other transitionary arrangements) after 29/3/19. EIOPA highlights 14 areas ...

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    Following the publishing of the 2017/18 Business Plan, the FCA has undertaken reviews of innovative areas of the financial markets. In a report published 21 March, the FCA presented its findings on automated investment services and its recommendations on improving this segment of the market. Automated investment services, sometimes known ...

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Future Dates

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  • *Spring 2018

    Bank of England suggests Shari'ah compliant deposit facility may be in place by this period. This follows from the April 2017 BoE consultation on Shari'ah compliant liquidity facilities.

  • *Q2 2018

    Commission to publish a communication on EU support for local capital markets in the second quarter of 2018.

  • *May 2018

    Commission will have presented all the legislative initiatives that were announced in the September 2015 CMU action plan and in the June 2017 mid-term review.

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  • 25/05/2018

    FCA: Transforming culture conference

    FCA: Transforming culture conference
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    25/05/2018
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    FCA has now published a summary note of this event, which took place on 19 March 2018. FCA identified four thematic lines of enquiry: psychological safety over fear; remuneration and incentives; leadership and management capabilities and assessing culture. FCA has invited interested stakeholders to comment and to share example...
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  • 25/05/2018

    HoC: Brexit: Parliament's role in approving and implementing agreements with the EU

    HoC: Brexit: Parliament's role in approving and implementing agreements with the EU
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    25/05/2018
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    This HoC library briefing looks at issues around Parliament's role in approving the agreements secured under Article 50; the Withdrawal Agreement and Implementation Bill and the political declaration on the framework for the future relationship.
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  • 25/05/2018

    FCA: Handbook Notice 55/Instruments

    FCA: Handbook Notice 55/Instruments
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    25/05/2018
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    FCA has published details of instruments passed at its Board meeting on 24 May 2018, along with an additional instrument passed on 26 April. These are: Financial Services Compensation Scheme (Funding Review) Instrument 2018/22; Handbook Administration (Data Protection) Instrument 2018/24; Insurance Distribution Directive Instru...
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  • 25/05/2018

    ESMA: UCITS Directive

    ESMA: UCITS Directive
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    25/05/2018
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    ESMA has updated its Q&A document.
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