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FCA Publishes Notification Guide for Firms Wanting To Rely on MiFID II Ancillary Activity Exemption

Posted in Derivatives, EU Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On July 19, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) updated its webpage on the introduction of the commodity derivatives position limits and reporting regime under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II). The FCA explains that, under the MiFID II Directive, firms or individuals who trade in commodity derivatives on a professional basis… Continue Reading

FCA Publishes MiFID II Passporting Forms

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On July 17, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a new webpage on passporting under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II). Firms are required to make a passporting application under MiFID II if they intend to be conducting European Economic Area (EEA) activities that have been implemented as new MiFID II… Continue Reading

FCA Publishes Second Policy Statement on MiFID II Implementation

Posted in UK Developments
On July 3, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its second policy statement (PS17/14) on implementation of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) into FCA rules. PS17/14 follows the first policy statement on MiFID II published in March 2017 (for further information see the April 7 Corporate Financial Weekly Digest ).… Continue Reading

FCA Publishes Final Report on Asset Management Market Study

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On June 28, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its final report after its asset management market study (Study), which began in November 2015. Alongside the report, the first of a number of related consultation papers was also published. The report and consultation paper follow the FCA’s interim report published in November 2016, which had… Continue Reading

New Money Laundering Reporting Regulations Go Into Effect

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On June 26, the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/692) (Regulations) went into effect in the United Kingdom, having been presented to Parliament on June 22. The Regulations represent the implementation of the EU 4th Money Laundering Directive (4MLD). The Regulations replace the UK’s Money… Continue Reading

MiFID II Implementing Legislation Published

Posted in Derivatives, EU Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On June 22, the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Markets in Financial Instruments) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/701) were presented to Parliament. The Regulations transpose elements of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and related Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR) into UK law. Member States of the European Union are required… Continue Reading

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

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