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FCA Publishes Report on Algorithmic Trading

Posted in UK Developments
On February 12, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a report on algorithmic trading compliance in wholesale markets. The report highlights key requirements in the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) relating to algorithmic trading activity, and contains examples of good and bad practices observed during the FCA’s reviews of FCA regulated… Continue Reading

FCA Revises List of MiFID II Position Limits

Posted in Derivatives, Financial Markets, UK Developments
The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has reviewed the bespoke position limits set for a number of commodity derivatives traded on UK venues. Following its review and as a result of strong growth in some commodity derivative contracts, the FCA has increased the limits of approximately 20 commodity derivative contracts as of February 8.… Continue Reading

FCA and ICO Publish Joint Update on GDPR

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On February 8, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published a joint statement on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). GDPR will go into effect in the UK on May 25. The GDPR is designed to strengthen the rules governing data protection across the European Union and… Continue Reading

Application Window for Cohort 4 of the Regulatory Sandbox Is Open Until the End of January

Posted in Digital Assets and Virtual Currencies, UK Developments
The application window for businesses to be part of cohort 4, the latest cohort, of the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) regulatory sandbox is open until January 31. Businesses such as authorized firms, unauthorized firms that require authorization and technology businesses can apply to each cohort of the FCA’s sandbox.… Continue Reading

FCA Transaction Reporting Instrument Reference Data Errors and Omissions Form Now Available

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On January 11, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) updated its webpage on instrument reference data to make available a new instrument reference data errors and omissions form for trading venues or systematic internalizers (SIs) to complete if their instrument reference data is incomplete or inaccurate.… Continue Reading

FCA Publishes Guidance and Updated Forms and Webpages Reflecting MiFID II Implementation

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On January 3, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a document containing general guidance on the authorization process, forms and prudential categories following the FCA’s implementation of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II). The document provides guidance on applications for authorization as a MiFID investment firm made by a first-time applicant… Continue Reading

FCA Publishes Feedback Statement on Distributed Ledger Technology

Posted in UK Developments
On December 15, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a feedback statement (Feedback Statement) on its April 2017 discussion paper (Discussion Paper) on distributed ledger technology (DLT). The purpose of the Discussion Paper was to encourage dialogue in the UK on the regulatory implications of current and potential developments of DLT in the financial… Continue Reading

FCA Publishes Updating Documents on Reporting Transparency Information Under AIFMD

Posted in UK Developments
On December 20, 2017, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published: An updated version of its questions and answers paper (Q&A) with guidance for alternative investment fund managers on reporting transparency information to the FCA; A document setting out the transparency reporting obligations () under Annex IV of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD);… Continue Reading

FCA Publishes Additional Proposed Position Limits

Posted in UK Developments
On December 7, 2017, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) updated its database of position limits for bespoke and de minimis contracts to include the following contracts: Swiss Baseload Power traded on GFI Brokers Ltd’s Organised Trading Facility—this contract has been added to the database, but the actual limit has not yet been published; and… Continue Reading

FCA Publishes Statement on Brexit

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, UK Developments
On December 20, 2017, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a statement on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU). Referencing the announcement made by the European Council that enough progress had been made in negotiations to begin discussions on future trading relations (for further information please see the Corporate & Financial Weekly… Continue Reading

FCA Publishes Issue 55 of Market Watch Newsletter

Posted in Derivatives, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On December 12, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published issue 55 of Market Watch, its newsletter on market conduct and transaction reporting issues. Similar to Issue 54 of Market Watch (reported in the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest edition of November 10, 2017), Issue 55 contains articles of relevance to the implementation of the… Continue Reading

FCA Consults on Transitioning Firms and Individuals to SM&CR

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On December 13, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published three consultation papers (CPs) on the transition from its existing Approved Persons Regime (APR) to the new Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR). The CPs follow the FCA’s July 2017 consultation papers, which consulted on extending the SM&CR regime to all regulated firms (including both… Continue Reading

FCA Publishes “Dear CEO” Letter on Payment for Order Flow

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On December 13, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a “Dear CEO” letter expressing its concerns over the practice of brokers demanding payments from counterparties in exchange for conducting client business with them, also known as payment for order flow (PFOF). The letter follows the FCA’s September 2016 update, published in their Market Watch… Continue Reading

FCA’s Changes to Connect Impact MiFID Passport Notifications

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On December 4, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced changes, effective from the same date, to Connect, its online system that is used by firms to make various applications and notifications to the FCA. The changes reflect the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive legal framework (MiFID II), in anticipation of the implementation of… Continue Reading

HM Treasury Publishes Renewed Investment Management Strategy

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On December 6, Her Majesty’s Treasury published a report setting out the UK government’s renewed long-term investment management strategy. This follows the announcement by the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, in his Autumn 2017 Budget on November 22, that the government would be publishing its new strategy to “ensure that the UK asset… Continue Reading

UK FCA, Dutch AFM and French AMF Publish Position Limits for Commodity Derivative Contracts

Posted in Derivatives, Financial Markets, UK Developments
Under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II), limits are required to be established on the size of a net position a person can hold (at all times) in commodity derivatives traded on EU/European Economic Area (EEA) trading venues and economically equivalent over-the-counter contracts. On December 7, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)… Continue Reading

UK and EU Reach Agreement on the First Phase of Brexit Negotiations

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, EU Developments, UK Developments
Following months of, at times, protracted negotiations, the UK and European Union (EU) negotiating teams have published the text of an agreement on the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. These negotiations have focused on three primary topics:… Continue Reading

FCA and BaFIN Publish Position Limits for Commodity Derivative Contracts

Posted in UK Developments
Under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II), limits are required to be established on the size of a net position a person can hold (at all times) in commodity derivatives traded on European Union/European Economic Area trading venues and economically equivalent over-the-counter contracts.… Continue Reading

Barnier Discusses Meaning of Brexit for Financial Services

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, UK Developments
On November 20, the European Commission published a speech on the future of the European Union given by Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, at the Centre for European Reform. In the Speech, Mr. Barnier focused on Brexit and identified three keys to the European Union building a strong partnership with the United Kingdom:… Continue Reading