FCA Market Watch 77

Financial Crime, Market Watch 77, OCG

Introduction FCA Market Watch 77[1] was published in February shedding some light on the trading activities of organised crime groups (OCGs) within equity markets. The UK regulator emphasises the risks that OCGs pose to market integrity and the actions firms can take to mitigate these risks. This article is a bitesize recap for busy professionals. […]

Top 5 regulatory priorities in 2024

regulatory priorities

Looking to the year ahead, we explore the regulatory priorities that are likely to have a significant impact for firms in 2024.   Consumer Duty Annual Report   Firms should be gearing up for their first annual report on retail customer outcomes, a key aspect of complying with the Consumer Duty. The inaugural report is […]

Corporate Finance Firms and Stockbrokers: FCA sets expectations

The latest flurry of Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) communications set out FCA expectations for corporate finance firms and stockbrokers. Updates from the UK regulator have been relentless of late. We look to summarise the key takeaways for busy professionals in the corporate finance and stockbroker sectors.   Supervision Strategy for Corporate Finance Firms: Portfolio Letter […]

FCA social media guidance set for refresh

In July 2023, the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) announced its guidance consultation for financial promotions on social media (“GC23/2”). In recent years, social media is increasingly becoming a go-to source of information for consumers. Accordingly, it is crucial that consumers can trust the information they receive online about financial products and services. This article provides […]

From Losses to Litigation: client’s lawsuit against broker explained

lawsuit against broker

Introduction A recent court case[1] saw a client of Forex Capital Markets Limited (“FXCM”) looking to recover losses and substantial damages arising from trading oil CFDs in 2020. The case is particularly interesting with Consumer Duty on the horizon and the prospect of brokers facing higher expectations for the standard of care that they provide […]

Market abuse peer review (FCA Market Watch 73)

trade surveillance system

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) published its latest Market Watch newsletter on 26th April 2023, following a market abuse peer review of firms offering Contracts for Difference (“CFDs”) and spread bets (“CFD providers”). Many of the findings are equally applicable to firms offering other financial instruments. This article provides a summary of the key […]

Change in control: a cautionary tale

FCA change in control

A recent supervisory notice highlighted the importance of getting the ‘change in control’ process correct when acquiring a UK financial services firm. It is also a timely reminder for investment firms, authorised payment institutions and E-money firms of the requirements for a change in control[1]. In this article, we highlight the rules and the severe […]

UK cryptoasset regulation

UK cryptoasset regulation

On 1 February 2023, HM Treasury (“HMT”) published a consultation[1] setting out proposals for the UK’s financial services regime for cryptoassets. The UK government has highlighted its ambition to make Britain a global hub for cryptoasset technology. Rishi Sunak previously asserted that “effective regulation” would encourage “the businesses of tomorrow to invest, innovate and scale […]

FCA Consumer Duty ‘Dear CEO’ letters

As firms continue to get ready for the Consumer Duty, the FCA has published a series of ‘Dear CEO’ letters designed to support firms as they progress with their implantation plans. In this article, we focus on the letter addressed to the ‘consumer investments’ sector and the areas that firms should be focussing on in […]

FCA publishes letter to wholesale brokers

The FCA has published a portfolio letter setting out a new strategy for supervising wholesale brokers. The letter notes that periods of sustained volatility since 2019 have heightened financial, credit, liquidity and operational risks. The FCA observed that some firms’ liquidity risk management and stress testing was not fit for the current market environment. The […]