On March 25, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) updated its webpage on the temporary permissions regime (TPR) to announce that it intends to extend the notification window for European Economic Area (EEA) firms and fund managers wishing to enter the TPR to the end of April 11. On March 26, the UK Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) also updated its webpage on the TPR to make an equivalent announcement. (For more information on the TPR, please see the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest edition of January 11, 2019.)
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On February 21, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a speech by Megan Butler, the executive director of supervision—Investment, Wholesale and Specialists at the FCA, on firms’ progress in transitioning from the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) to overnight risk-free rates (RFRs).

The FCA and the UK Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) are in the process of analyzing firms’ responses to their Dear CEO letter in which they requested a comprehensive assessment of the potential prudential and conduct impacts associated with the LIBOR transition being carried out (as reported in the September 28, 2018 edition of Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest).
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On January 31, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published a direction under the UK Securitization Regulations 2018 (a statutory instrument that implements the EU Securitization Regulation) setting out how relevant parties must report certain information to the FCA or PRA.
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On January 3, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published the Securitization Regulation Implementation (Fees for Third Party Verifiers) Instrument 2019 (FCA 2019/1) and Enforcement (EU Securitization Regulation) Instrument 2019 (FCA 2019/2) (collectively, the Securitization Instruments).
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On December 4, the UK Securitization Regulations 2018 (UK Regulations) were published, together with an explanatory memorandum.

The UK Regulations reflect the application of the EU Securitization Regulation in the UK. The EU Securitization Regulation harmonizes and reforms existing rules on due diligence, risk retention and disclosure for securitizations, securitizing entities and EU regulated institutional investors. It also creates a new framework for simple, transparent and standardized securitizations and asset-backed commercial paper programs.
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On October 25, the Bank of England (BoE) and the UK Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published a package of Brexit-related communications and consultation papers which propose changes to the relevant onshored binding technical standards (BTS), the rules for financial market infrastructure providers (FMIs) and the PRA Rulebook, which arise from the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.
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On October 12, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a consultation paper (October Consultation Paper) setting out its proposals to amend the Decision Procedure and Penalties (DEPP) manual and Enforcement Guide (EG) of the FCA Handbook. The FCA explains that the amendments are needed because of the changes introduced by the statutory instrument (SI), which will be given to the UK Parliament by HM Treasury, implementing the EU Securitization Regulation (SR) that goes into effect on January 1, 2019.

The October Consultation Paper should be read alongside the FCA’s consultation paper that it published on August 1 (August Consultation Paper), which sets out other changes that will be needed to the FCA Handbook to implement the SR.
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On October 15, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a discussion paper (Discussion Paper) on climate change and green finance. On the same day, the UK Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published a consultation paper (Consultation Paper) on a draft supervisory statement (Draft Supervisory Statement) on enhancing the approach of banks and insurers to managing the financial risks from climate change.
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