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FCA Focuses on Dividend Arbitrage

Posted in Derivatives, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On June 2, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published issue 52 of Market Watch, its market conduct and transaction reporting newsletter. The newsletter focuses on the practice of dividend arbitrage, the intention of which is to place shares in alternative tax jurisdictions around dividend dates, with the aim of minimizing withholding taxes (WHT), or generating… Continue Reading

FCA Publishes Statement on National Cyber Attack and Webpage on Cyber Resilience

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On May 13, the day after the start of the widespread “WannaCry” ransomware cyber-attack, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a statement on the cyber-attack. The statement advised firms to review guidance issued by the National Cyber Security Centre. If firms were affected by the attack, it advised them to contact Action Fraud and… Continue Reading

UK Prime Minister Announces Snap General Election

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, UK Developments
On April 18, UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced her intention for a general election to be held on June 8. The announcement came three weeks after the March 29 submission by the United Kingdom of the “Article 50” notice to begin exit negotiations from the European Union (for further information see the Corporate &… Continue Reading

PRA Issues “Dear CEO” Letters on Brexit Contingency Planning

Posted in Brexit, UK Developments
On April 7, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published a copy of the “Dear CEO” letter it had sent to firms relating to contingency planning for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. The letter was sent by Sam Woods, chief executive officer of the PRA, in response to a speech by Mark Carney, governor… Continue Reading

FCA Publishes Fifth Consultation on UK Implementation of MiFID II

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On March 31, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its fifth consultation paper (CP17/8) on the implementation of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II). CP17/8 covers the following three areas: occupational pension scheme (OPS) firms; the decision procedure and penalties manual and enforcement guide; and consequential changes to the FCA Handbook and… Continue Reading

UK Triggers Article 50; Great Repeal Bill White Paper Published

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, UK Developments
On March 29, the United Kingdom submitted its “Article 50 Notice” to begin its departure from the European Union in the form of a letter (Notice) from Prime Minister Theresa May to EU Council President Donald Tusk. The Notice marks the formal start of a two-year process of negotiations to exit the European Union. If… Continue Reading

Investment Association Consults on New Code for Charges and Transaction Costs Disclosure

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On March 27, the Investment Association (IA), the UK investment management trade association, opened a consultation on a new code (Code) for enhanced disclosure of charges and transaction costs. The goal of the Code’ is to develop a consistent and comprehensive framework to allow fund and asset managers to deliver underlying charges and transaction cost… Continue Reading

Anti-Money Laundering: FCA Releases Draft Guidance on PEPs for Consultation

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On March 16, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) released draft guidance (Guidance) for consultation (Consultation) on the treatment of politically exposed persons (PEPs). Section 333U of the UK’ s Financial Services and Markets Act (FSMA) requires the definition of PEPs in the Guidance be in line with the Money Laundering and Transfer of Funds (Information… Continue Reading

HM Government to Create Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervision

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On March 15, HM Treasury unveiled plans to create a new UK watchdog for tackling potential weaknesses in the supervisory system that criminals and terrorists may be trying to exploit. The new “Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervision” (OPBAS) will focus its work on accountancy and legal sectors with the goal of helping to… Continue Reading

UK Government Responds to House of Lords EU Committee Report on Brexit and Financial Services

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, UK Developments
On March 20, the UK government published its response (Response) to the House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Financial Affairs report on Brexit and financial services (Report). In the Report, which was published in December 2016, the Committee set out recommendations for the government relating to financial services, covering issues such as transitional arrangements and… Continue Reading

UK Parliament Formally Adopts Brexit Bill

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, UK Developments
On March 13, the UK Parliament passed the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (Bill). The Bill received Royal Assent on March 16. During the course of debates on the Bill, the UK House of Lords had proposed two amendments, one relating to the rights of EU and European Economic Area (EEA) citizens legally resident… Continue Reading

Government Publishes Report on UK Trade Options After Brexit

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On March 7, the UK House of Commons International Trade Committee (Committee) published a report titled “UK trade options beyond 2019” (Report). In the Report, the Committee examines different potential models for UK international trade after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. The Report covers the UK’s relationship with the World Trade Organization (WTO),… Continue Reading

FCA Highlights Best Execution Concerns at Investment Managers

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On March 3, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a Press Release in which it expresses concern about how investment managers are failing to ensure effective oversight of best execution. The FCA’s concerns include: poor practices not being addressed despite the FCA’s 2014 thematic review on the topic; poor use of management information on… Continue Reading

HM Treasury Amends Definition of Financial Advice

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On February 28, HM Treasury published its response (Response) to its consultation on amending the definition of “financial advice” for the purposes of article 53 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) Order 2001(RAO). The Response gives summaries of responses submitted to the consultation by market participants, as well as the government’s… Continue Reading

UK Private Fund Limited Partnerships

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
HM Treasury has published a revised draft Legislative Reform Order (Order) on amendments to the Limited Partnership Act 1907 (Act), which was laid before parliament on January 16. The Order relates to the new private fund limited partnership (PFLP) structure. The PFLP is designed to reduce the administrative and financial burdens that impact funds under… Continue Reading

HM Treasury Publishes Response to the Transposition of MiFID II Consultation

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On February 9, HM Treasury published its response (Response) to the consultation that ran from March 27, 2015, to June 18, 2015, on the transposition of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) into UK domestic law. The Response summarizes responses submitted to the consultation by market participants, as well as the government’s… Continue Reading

FCA Publishes Discussion Paper on Illiquid Investments and Open-Ended Funds

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On February 8, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a discussion paper (Paper), seeking stakeholder views on open-ended funds investing in illiquid assets. One of the difficulties highlighted in the Paper is the liquidity mismatch that is created when an investor wishes to withdraw its money on short notice, when illiquid assets cannot be… Continue Reading