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UK: FCA Asset Management Market Study – Interim Report

The FCA has published its Asset Management Market Study Interim Report, which can be accessed here, with annexes. The FCA sets down a clear marker as to its direction of travel. Clearly uninhibited by Brexit on the horizon, it is … Continue reading

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UK: Concurrent competition powers for the Financial Conduct Authority and Payment Systems Regulator

On 1 April 2015 the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) obtained new concurrent competition powers under the Competition Act 1998 (CA98) and the Enterprise Act 2002 (EA02) for financial services in the UK. The Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) has also obtained … Continue reading

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UK: FCA’s competition remit – new Memorandum of Understanding between the CMA and FCA sets out framework for co-operation between both regulators

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have agreed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which sets out a framework for co-operation between the two regulators in relation to competition issues, consumer protection, access to … Continue reading

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EU: the European Commission’s proposed Directive on Payment Accounts

The European Commission has published proposals for a Directive on the transparency and comparability of payment account fees, payment account switching and access to basic payment accounts.   

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UK: BoE and FSA relax the barriers to entry for new bank entrants

The FSA and the Bank of England (BoE) have published the results of their review into barriers to new entrants to the banking sector.  The Review sets out significant changes to regulatory requirements and authorisation processes which, taken together, aim to … Continue reading

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UK: Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)’s Risk Outlook and Business Plan for 2013 published

The FCA’s Risk Outlook (FCA RO) has been published today, setting out the regulator’s current thinking on conduct in financial markets by analysing the root causes and emergence of conduct risk, and identifying the forward-looking risks that the FCA deems pose the greatest … Continue reading

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Temporary Product Intervention Rules: inadequate safeguards

The FSA is consulting (as it is required to do under the Act) on the new power given to the FCA under the Financial Services Act 2012 to issue temporary product intervention rules without the chore of a consultation (CP12/35). … Continue reading

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Product intervention – what should the future hold?

The Herbert Smith financial services team recently hosted a roundtable discussion with high profile members of the financial services industry and a key policymaker at the FSA, to discuss product intervention and what shape the future landscape should take.       

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FSA confirms bans on product provider payments to platforms and all product charge cash rebates

The FSA published a consultation paper yesterday confirming its intention to ban (i) payments from product providers to platforms; and (ii) cash rebates of product charges by product providers to consumers, in respect of sales of retail investment products. This is … Continue reading

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