FCA Brexit guidance – too little, too late?

With a month to go until the UK is due to leave the EU, FCA guidance published yesterday is too late for most UK insurers and intermediaries to change their plans.  Understandably, the FCA has waited for views to be… Read more

Myanmar’s insurance sector opens to foreign insurers

In a long-awaited step forward for the Myanmar insurance sector, on 2 January 2019, the Ministry of Planning and Finance (MPF) officially announced its plans to open up the life and non-life insurance sectors to foreign insurers. Further details of… Read more

EIOPA Conference: The Main Themes

Three of the themes that EIOPA sees as its priorities were covered at its annual conference on 20 November. All of the topics were the subject of frank and spirited debate, with a range of different views being represented in the… Read more

Brexit Final Political Declaration: Nothing [new] to see here?

The Political Declaration setting out the Framework for the Future Relationship between the EU and the UK was published earlier today. On financial services (including insurance), the final declaration essentially contains the same three points as in last week’s outline… Read more

Green light for new Automated and Electric Vehicles Act

Last week the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill received Royal Assent. The new Automated and Electric Vehicles Act represents the first legislative step towards the UK Government's aim of establishing the UK as a world leader in the development of… Read more

BREXIT UPDATE – EEA (RE)INSURERS

EEA insurers and reinsurers doing business in the UK under the insurance passport must prepare for the UK's withdrawal from the EU. We consider, in our latest "At a Glance" guide, the impact of Brexit on the cross-border activities of… Read more

PRA proposes reforms to Solvency II regime

This article was first published on Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence. The PRA has published the first of three consultation papers (CP21/17) on reforming the Solvency II regime. The consultation reflects PRA experience of working with Solvency II since its introduction in… Read more

Brexit and cross-border insurance contracts

On 14 September 2017, the UK Parliament published a letter from Nicky Morgan, Chair of the Treasury Committee, to Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, on insurers' ability, post-Brexit, to service insurance contracts sold under passporting arrangements with a duration that… Read more

LEGISLATING FOR THE UK’S WITHDRAWAL FROM THE EU

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill was published by the Government in July 2017 and is the key piece of UK domestic legislation that will implement Brexit. Repeal of the European Communities Act: The principal purpose of the Bill is to… Read more

FCA CONSULTS ON EXTENDING THE SMCR TO INSURANCE INTERMEDIARIES

The FCA has published proposals to extend the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR), which already applies to banks, to other financial services firms.  The new rules, which are designed to make individuals more accountable for their actions, will affect… Read more

PRA adopts questionable approach to regulatory compliance

Recent comments made by Sam Woods, CEO of the PRA, about the PRA's approach to supervision are worrying.  A speech prepared for this year's Building Societies Annual Conference (but not actually delivered) is relevant to all authorised firms, not just… Read more