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  • FCA Research Note: Cryptoasset Consumer Research 2020

    On 30 June 2020, the FCA published a research note on cryptoasset consumers which forms part of the FCA’s work alongside the Government and the Bank of England (“BoE”) to understand market size, consumer profiles and attitudes towards cryptoassets[1]. The three institutions had previously, in October 2018, published a joint ...
  • FCA Extension of the Senior Managers & Certification Regime (SM&CR) implementation periods for solo-regulated firms

    The deadline for solo-regulated firms to have undertaken the first assessment of the fitness and propriety of their Certified Persons has been extended from 9 December 2020 to 31 March 2021. To ensure consistency, the FCA is set to consult on the delay of further SM&CR requirements. Background On 30 ...
  • Regzone Webinar Series

    This page contains news of upcoming webinars and recordings of recent CMS webinars, available to view on demand. Webinars are a convenient way to stay informed and hear from our legal experts. Upcoming webinar 01.07.2020 Focusing on Fairness - FCA priorities for the year ahead with Simon Morris, Paul Edmondson, ...
  • The new prudential regime for investment firms: key points from the latest UK developments

    On 23 June 2020, the UK Government, HM Treasury and the FCA published a number of statements and papers on financial services, including in relation to the new prudential regime for investment firms, which is now expected to come into force in the UK by Summer 2021. The UK Parliament ...
  • ESMA consults on new rules for Cloud arrangements

    On 3 June 2020, ESMA published a Consultation Paper (“CP” which is available here) on draft guidelines for outsourcing to cloud service providers. For both asset managers and funds, the CP proposes a step change in the regulation of outsourcing and delegation arrangements under a single set of requirements that ...
  • FCA announces proposals to further support consumer credit customers

    The FCA has today announced further proposals in the form of draft guidance (the Proposals) building upon the temporary financial relief already offered to consumer credit customers impacted by coronavirus, reported earlier this year. The Proposals will be applicable to credit card, other revolving credit (such as store card and ...
  • FCA Business Interruption Test Case: finalised guidance

    On 17 June, the FCA published finalised guidance setting out the regulators’ expectations for insurers and insurance intermediaries when handling claims and complaints for business interruption (“BI”) policies during the test case. The guidance comes into immediate effect. The finalised guidance largely mirrors the draft version, which is discussed in ...
  • FCA proposes permanent ban on marketing mini bonds

    On 18 June 2020, the FCA released a new consultation paper CP20/8 on High-risk investments: Marketing speculative illiquid securities (including speculative mini-bonds) to retail investors (the “Consultation Paper”). In summary, the Consultation Paper proposes to: Extend the current ban on the marketing of speculative illiquid securities (“SISs”) (including speculative mini-bonds); ...
  • EIOPA to review fundamental basis of supervision of insurance value chain

    The European and Occupational Pension Authority (“EIOPA”) has launched a public consultation on the (re)insurance value chain and new business models arising from digitalisation (the “Discussion Paper”). The overriding concern is that current regulation and supervision of the insurance sector is ill-equipped to deal with the increasingly complex arrangements between ...
  • Update on progress of FCA's Business Interruption Test Case

    On 10 June the FCA updated the information on its webpage on the High Court test case in relation to business interruption (“BI”) insurance. Please refer to our previous article for background information. Key developments The FCA confirmed that proceedings have been started in the High Court. The result of ...