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  • Anti-Money Laundering and Virtual Currencies Webinar

    Event information: 12 November 2018 | 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET The use of virtual currencies has become more prevalent over the past few years. While regulation on the use of, and services related to, these currencies has developed, the risk of fraud and money laundering associated with dealing in ...
  • Brexit update for financial services firms - week ending 12 October 2018

    The week in outline: The headlines were dominated again by speculation about the fate of the Withdrawal Agreement (WA). The draft WA does not have specific provisions for the financial services (FS) sector. The key provision for FS is the proposed transitional period (TP) during which the UK would remain ...
  • Brexit update for financial services firms - week ending 5 October 2018

    The week in outline: In his speech on Friday (see Document 1 below), Donald Tusk repeated the offer of a ‘Canada+++’ treaty with the UK. This was widely reported in the UK press in the context of the debate at the Conservative Party conference about alternatives to the Chequers/White Paper ...
  • FCA consults on illiquid open-ended retail funds

    Today the FCA has launched a consultation paper (CP 18/27) on open-ended retail funds investing in illiquid assets. After the Brexit vote in 2016, there were significant investor outflows from open-ended real estate funds resulting in a number of fund suspensions. The FCA subsequently issued a discussion paper (17/1) but ...
  • CMS Introduction to funds training

    Investment Funds is a highly specialist area, with a complex web of regulation and taxation, as well its own jargon, that can bewilder to those new to the industry. The CMS Funds Group’s ‘Introduction to Funds’ training programme is an ideal way of demystifying Investment Funds either for new joiners ...
  • Court of Appeal upholds decision that a private company is not amenable to judicial review

    In the recent Holmcroft appeal, the Court of Appeal held that the Divisional Court had been correct in deciding that KPMG, acting as Independent Reviewer in a misselling redress scheme approved by what was then the Financial Services Authority (“FSA”), was not amenable to judicial review. As such, the question ...
  • Brexit update for financial services firms - week ending 28 September 2018

  • Belgian UBOs register has gone live

    Against the backdrop of the 4th and 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directives, Belgium passed a law dated 18 September 2017 on preventing money laundering and terrorist financing, and restricting the use of cash (“AML Law”). The AML Law laid the groundwork for a domestic ultimate beneficial owners (“UBOs”) register in readiness ...
  • Structured Finance and Capital Markets webinar series - Session 2: EMIR

    CMS is running a Structured Finance and Capital Markets webinar series. Each month you will have the opportunity to listen in on a different hot topic, presented by experts from London, Paris, Brussels and Frankfurt. You can register for all or particular sessions straight away by clicking on the links ...
  • Brexit update for financial services firms - week ending 21 September 2018

    The week in outline: The week was dominated by the Salzburg summit and the apparent stand-off between the UK and the EU on Brexit (see for example the statement at Documents 1 below from Donald Tusk – ‘the suggested framework for economic cooperation will not work. Not least because it ...