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  • Bitesize Briefings: FCA - Difficult Conversations

    13/05/2021
    Sometimes things don't go to plan and when that happens, firms may find themselves having difficult conversations with the FCA. Our bitesize breakfast briefings are packed with practical tips based on our collective experiences, designed to help you navigate those conversations and manage challenging situations. FCA - Difficult Conversations Episode ...
  • Regzone Webinar Series

    13/05/2021
    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. Webinars available on demand: 05.05.2021 Brexit webinar on UK authorisation for EU financial institutions - the end of ...
  • Has the Chancellor introduced enough new developments to make a difference to the FinTech sector? (Part 2 of 2)

    12/05/2021
    In his keynote speech opening London FinTech Week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced a series of new policy developments relating to FinTech. In particular: the launch of a new FCA ‘scale box’ and Centre for Finance, Innovation and Technology (“CFIT”); and new initiatives relating to the UK’s ...
  • Wide range of new initiatives announced for UK FinTech by Chancellor (Part 1 of 2)

    10/05/2021
    On 19 April 2021, during his opening keynote speech at a launch event for FinTech Week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced new proposals for UK FinTech, as follows: A new FCA ‘scale box’ and Centre for Finance, Innovation and Technology (“CFIT”) would be launched; A new Central ...
  • Default Notices for Consumer Credit Agreements: Have you made the changes?

    07/05/2021
    Firms are reminded that the required amendments to default notices must be made by 2 June 2021. The Consumer Credit (Enforcement, Default and Termination Notices) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (“Amending Regulations”) came into force on 2 December 2020 and the 6-month transitional period firms were granted to apply these changes ...
  • A look of disapproval: the FCA’s new discussion paper on financial promotions rules for high-risk investments and firms approving financial promotions

    06/05/2021
    On 29 April 2021, the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) published a Discussion Paper DP21/1 concerning the proposed strengthening of the financial promotion rules for high-risk investments and firms approving financial promotions (the “Discussion Paper”). The Discussion Paper relates to: the FCA’s classification of high-risk investments; further segmentation of the high-risk ...
  • Consumer credit firms: changes to SECCI imminent

    05/05/2021
    As previously reported, consumer credit firms must make changes to their pre-contract consumer credit information forms. These changes are now imminent and must be made from 1 June 2021. Which firms are affected? Firms subject to regulations 8, 10 and 11 of the Consumer Credit (Disclosure of Information) Regulations 2010 ...
  • The FCA and PRA ask banks to review their arrangements with deposit aggregators

    14/04/2021
    On 14 April 2021, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) sent a “Dear CEO Letter” to the chief executive officers of banks and building societies regarding the use of deposit aggregators and how to mitigate some of the key risks (link). However, the regulators were also ...
  • How to comply with the Belgian regulator’s requirements in the context of SFDR (Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation)

    06/04/2021
    In connection with the entry into force on 10 March 2021 of the European regulation on sustainability-related disclosures in the financial services sector, the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation ("SFDR"), the Belgian regulator (“FSMA”) has set out a number of practical guidelines in a communication dated 9 March 2021, some of ...
  • Executive Remuneration: Consultation on Restoring trust in audit and corporate governance

    30/03/2021
    The UK Government’s Consultation on restoring trust in audit and corporate governance (which can be found here) has implications for executive remuneration policies in the UK. The Consultation is open to everyone but will be of particular interest to large privately-owned companies, FTSE350 companies, users and preparers of accounts, and ...