Regulation in Focus Podcast: FCA’s regulatory decision-making proposals – faster and less costly, but at what price?

The latest edition of our Regulation in Focus podcast series features Karen Anderson and Andrew Procter, both partners in our FSR practice and both former regulators, in conversation about the FCA's plans to streamline regulatory decision-making, which - if the FCA proceeds as proposed - will be a significant change to how authorisation, supervision and enforcement are delivered. Read more

Corporate Crime update – Summer 2021

Welcome to the Summer 2021 edition of our corporate crime update – our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. Our update now covers a number of jurisdictions. Read more

Another step in the transformation of the FCA: Using the new cancellation and variation power

The FCA has published Consultation Paper 21/28: New cancellation and variation power: Changes to the Handbook and Enforcement Guide (CP21/28). The proposals in CP21/28 relate to and provide guidance on the new power which the regulator was given under the Financial Services Act 2021 (FS Act) to allow it to act more quickly where an FCA-authorised firm is not – or does not appear to be – carrying on FCA-regulated activities. Read more

Corporate Crime update – May 2021

Welcome to the May 2021 edition of our corporate crime update – our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. Our update now covers a number of jurisdictions. Read more

Duty of Care – countdown to the much anticipated FCA consultation

Way back in 2019, the FCA published a Feedback Statement, summarising responses to its July 2018 Discussion Paper on the proposed introduction of a 'duty of care' and setting out its next steps.  In that Feedback Statement, the FCA said it would publish a further paper seeking detailed views on specific options for change. We are now expecting the much anticipated consultation this month. Read more

Corporate Crime update – March 2021

Welcome to the March 2021 edition of our corporate crime update – our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. Our update now covers a number of jurisdictions. Read more

FCA criminal prosecution for destruction of documents – lessons for firms

The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) ) has been unsuccessful in its attempted prosecution of a former banker, Konstantin Vishnyak, for destroying documents relevant to an FCA investigation brought against him for suspected insider dealing offences. This marks the first time the FCA has exercised its powers in connection with a destruction of documents offence under section 177(3)(a) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (“FCA”). Despite the outcome, it illustrates the risks for firms and individuals in using messaging systems such as WhatsApp. Read more