FINTECH REGULATION – WHAT’S COMING UP?

Fintech is a rapidly developing area where developments in the regulatory regime are ongoing. We have created a timeline of key UK and European regulatory milestones to watch out for over the coming months and years. Read more

Bank of England speech on payments trends and cryptoassets following Covid-19

Following Covid-19, the message from the UK financial regulators regarding payments firms and payments innovation has stepped up. Recently, the Bank of England published a speech given by Christina Segal-Knowles (Executive Director, Financial Market Infrastructure Directorate) on 11 June in which she discussed the emerging themes and challenges for payments firms and payments innovation. Read more

FCA consultation on proposed guidance for payments firms: COVID-19 and safeguarding customer funds

After highlighting payment services as a priority in its 2020/21 business plan and following “evidence that some firms have not implemented the Electronic Money Regulations 2011 or Payment Services Regulations 2017 as [the FCA] expects”, the FCA has published a short consultation proposing further guidance for Payment Services Providers (PSPs), including Payment Institutions (PIs) and … Read more

FINTECH REGULATION – WHAT’S COMING UP?

Fintech is a rapidly developing area where developments in the regulatory regime are ongoing. We have created a timeline of key UK and European regulatory milestones to watch out for over the coming months and years. Read more

Cryptoassets and DLT: global stablecoins v CBDCs and the potential for private DLT to connect public payment systems

This article has also been published by the International Financial Law Review (IFLR). The payments sector is one of the fastest growing sectors within the financial services industry. It is underpinned by consumers’ widespread move away from physical cash and towards electronic payments. Whether consumers are using payment cards or apps, the result has been … Read more

COVID-19: Governance: FCA and PRA publish statements on their expectations for regulated firms under SMCR (UK)

The PRA and FCA have published two statements setting out their expectations on UK-regulated firms under the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR). A joint statement from the PRA and FCA has been published for dual-regulated firms (the Joint Statement), while the FCA have separately published a statement for solo-regulated firms (the FCA Statement). There … Read more