UK post-Brexit reform: Financial Services Act 2021

On 29 April 2021, the Financial Services Act 2021 received royal assent. The Act is a milestone in implementing the UK Government’s wider Future Regulatory Framework initiative and represents the first major step towards HM Government’s objective of maintaining the competitive position of the UK financial services industry whilst capitalising on new opportunities following the end of the Brexit transition period. Read more

The PRA’s expectations on outsourcing and third party risk management

At the end of March, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published the Policy Statement (PS7/21) and the Supervisory Statement (SS2/21) which set out its expectations of PRA-regulated firms regarding outsourcing and third party risk management. The publications are part of the wider operational resilience policy package released jointly with the Bank of England (the Bank) and the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). In this post, we briefly explain the background to these publications and review the implications for both PRA-regulated firms and service providers. Read more

HM Treasury consultation on IFPR implementation and Basel 3 standards

HM Treasury has published a consultation paper seeking views on the exercise of its delegated powers under the Financial Services Bill (FS Bill) to ensure the effective implementation of the Investment Firm Prudential Regime (IFPR) and outstanding Basel 3 standards. The consultation also seeks views on the scope of application of the resolution regime for FCA-regulated investment firms. Read more