The Swiss legislation initiative to accommodate blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) is well underway. After the consultation phase initiated this spring (see our earlier report), the Swiss Federal Council has now adopted the dispatch (Botschaft) on the amendments of various federal laws to further improve the legal framework for ...
On 15 October 2019, the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) published consultation paper CP19/29: Recovery of costs of supervising cryptoasset businesses under the proposed anti-money laundering regulations: fee proposals (“CP19/29”).
Anti-money laundering, terrorist financing, and know your client obligations
FCA-authorised firms are required, pursuant to the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on Payer) Regulations 2017 (“MLRs”), to implement anti-money laundering (“AML”) measures.
On 8 March, the FCA published the long-awaited final rules on the proposed new Financial Services Directory (the “FS Directory”). The introduction of the FS Directory is expected to be welcomed by firms and consumers alike. Following the FCA’s consultation during the summer/autumn of 2018, the emphatic industry view is ...
The Swiss Confederation (Switzerland) and the United Kingdom (UK) on 24 January 2019 signed the Agreement between the United Kingdom and the Swiss Confederation on direct insurance other than life assurance (UK-Swiss Direct Insurance Agreement). The new UK-Swiss Direct Insurance Agreement replicates the terms of the existing agreement between Switzer-land ...
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 ...
The week in outline: Following the publication of the White Paper last week Her Majesty's Government’s preparations for Brexit continue. A number of draft Statutory Instruments (SIs) relating to financial services (FS) have been introduced under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (see “other publications” below). Most notable was the ...
The week in outline: Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) published its long awaited White Paper ‘The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union’ on July 12. In summary, and as expected, HMG announced a major policy change with a new bifurcated approach to the trading relationship: HMG now ...
The week in outline: The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (the ‘EU(W)Act’) received Royal Assent. HMT published an overview (document 2 below) which provides a summary of the legislative preparations on the UK side for a ‘no-deal’ scenario (under the EU(W)Act). These include the ‘no-deal scenario’ transitional measures which the ...
On 22 May 2018, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) adopted two decisions implementing temporary product intervention measures. These decisions restrict the marketing, distribution and sale of contracts for difference (“CFDs”) and binary options to retail clients in the European Union. These decisions only apply for a period of ...