Product Intervention Powers and Design and Distribution Obligations in Financial Services: A Cross-Border Perspective

Authors: Hannah Cassidy, Clive Cunningham, Natalie Curtis, Javier de Carlos, Katherine Dillon, Matthias Gippert, Leopoldo Gonzalez Echenique, Vincent Hatton, Patricia Horton, Pierre Le Ninivin, Kai Liebrich, Natasha Mir, Stuart Paterson, Fiona Smedley, Jenny Stainsby, Jennifer Xue

Many regulators view their ability to intervene as one of their key supervisory tools to reduce harm in cases where there is a risk of significant consumer detriment or threat to financial markets.

At the same time, many jurisdictions have put in place product governance regimes for financial services firms which aim to avoid, or at least mitigate from an early stage, any potential risks of failure to comply with investor protection rules. In particular, the design and distribution obligations under these product governance regimes aim to overcome the limitations of disclosure and ensure that firms which manufacture and distribute financial products take some responsibility and adopt a more targeted customer-centric approach.

The stages of development, level of detail, scope and coverage of regulators’ product intervention powers, and the product design and distribution obligations under product governance regimes, vary across jurisdictions.

Our guide (which can be found here) summarises the frameworks in selected jurisdictions, allowing a high-level comparison of the different regimes and offering a glimpse of the direction of travel.

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Clive Cunningham
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Partner, London
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Partner, Sydney
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Hannah Cassidy
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UAE introduces new anti-corruption laws with extra-territorial effect

Federal Decree No. 24 of 2018 has amended certain provisions of Federal Law No. 3 of 1987 (the “Penal Code”) to strengthen anti-corruption legislation in the UAE and bring it in line with other jurisdictions by including foreign public officials within its scope.

Crucially, the provisions, which are now in force, apply outside the UAE, to any person who commits a bribery offence if either the offender or victim is a UAE citizen, if the crime is committed by an employee in the UAE public or private sector or if it involves public property.

There are also new powers for the UAE authorities to confiscate the proceeds of crime. To read our full briefing, please click here.

Stuart Paterson
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Corporate Crime Monthly Update October 2016

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UAE Cabinet Approves Bankruptcy Law Reforms

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Corporate Crime Monthly Update October 2015

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OECD Foreign Bribery Report

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