Parliamentary vote to introduce failure to prevent economic crime offence in the Financial Services Bill abandoned, pending Law Commission review

A further twist in the potential creation of a failure to prevent economic crime offence: last week a cross-party group of Members of Parliament tabled an amendment to the Financial Services Bill which, as drafted, would hold bodies “authorised or registered by the Financial Conduct Authority” liable for fraud, false accounting and money laundering offences committed by their employees. Read more

“STABILITY AND CONSISTENCY”: PRA SETS OUT PROPOSALS FOR POST-BREXIT APPROACH TO INTERNATIONAL BANKS

The PRA has published a consultation paper (CP2/21) setting out proposals for its updated approach to supervising the UK activities of banks and PRA authorised investment firms that are headquartered outside of the UK or part of a non-UK group. The consultation paper includes a draft supervisory statement to supersede the existing PRA Supervisory Statement 1/18 (the PRA’s current supervisory statement on its approach to supervising international banks). Read more

HM Treasury consults on UK regulatory approach to cryptoassets and stablecoins

On 7 January 2021, HM Treasury  published a consultation and call for evidence on the UK’s regulatory approach to cryptoassets and stablecoins, which sets out HMT’s proposals for a new regulatory regime covering stablecoins and its approach to regulating cryptoassets more generally. The proposals follow HMT’s July 2020 consultation on bringing certain cryptoassets within the scope of the financial promotions regime (see our blog post here). Read more

High Court considers entitlement of investment firm to terminate Bitcoin trading account due to alleged money laundering concerns

The High Court has found in favour of a claimant investor in a dispute arising from the termination of her Bitcoin trading account with an online trading platform and concurrent cancellation of open trades (as a result of an alleged money laundering risk): Ang v Reliantco Investments Ltd [2020] EWHC 3242 (Comm). Although the claim relates to an account used to trade Bitcoin futures, the decision will be of broader interest to financial institutions, given the potential application to other types of trading accounts and accounts more generally. Read more

Supreme Court remits £14bn class action against Mastercard back to Competition Appeal Tribunal for reconsideration of certification

Earlier today the Supreme Court handed down its hotly-anticipated judgment regarding the certification of an opt-out competition collective action brought by Walter Merricks against Mastercard. The claim is seeking £14bn in damages on behalf of some 46.2 million UK consumers, in respect of losses alleged to have resulted from the use of anti-competitive multilateral interchanges fees. Read more