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FCA on Consumer Duty – “Get on with it!”

The Financial Conduct Authority has issued a warning that firms must speed up their implementation of new Consumer Duty requirements. While some preparation has occurred, the overall message is that the FCA expects firms to do more, do it faster, and do it better. The FCA conducted a review of firms’ preparations for the upcoming […]

A Christmas present you may have missed

Headlines The 15th December joint policy statement from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) follows the consultation paper published in July, which received two responses. This policy statement has adjusted aspects of margin requirements for OTC derivatives contracts that are not transacted through central counterparty clearing, as well as making a […]

FCA consults on final LIBOR funeral dates

Yesterday, The FCA published a promised consultation on the winding down of synthetic GBP and USD LIBOR. 31 December 2021 famously marked the funeral for 24 LIBOR settings. However, in order to allow more time for “tough legacy” contracts to transition to the replacement RFRs, the FCA continued to compel publication of synthetic LIBOR rates […]

FCA LIBOR powers in force

Today marks the entry into force of Section 2 of the UK Financial Services Act 2021 (FSA). The second of seven “Commencement” phases, the second is primarily notable for the application of the new FCA LIBOR powers, although it does contain a number of other provisions. A brief summary follows: Benchmarks (sections 8 to 21 […]

Temporary UK reprieve for EU UCITS

The PRA and FCA yesterday published a joint policy statement on margin requirements for non-centrally cleared derivatives, making amendments to Binding Technical Standard BTS 2016/2251. The amendments temporarily extend the period during which EEA UCITS are eligible collateral under the UK margin regime, until end-December 2022. “2.9 The PRA has given due regard to the […]

UK Regulators issue “Guidance” on securities settlement risk

On 2 June 2021, the PRA and FCA published an open letter reviewing good practice in relation to the commonly-used Delivery vs Payment (DVP) mechanism. DVP is a long-standing market convention, requiring that cash payment for securities is made either very shortly before or simultaneous with delivery of securities. Although an effective mitigant for a […]

MiFID II- FCA cancels BestEx reporting and rationalises Research Rules

The FCA has issued proposals to partially reverse MiFID II research and best execution requirements. Consultation paper CP 21/9 follows the OJ publication of the EU’s MiFID “Quick Fix”, which went some way to addressing criticism of Research and BestEx rules; the FCA proposals go further, representing a further instance of UK-EU divergence. Best Execution […]

UK gets round to IM timetable update

The PRA and FCA yesterday launched a joint consultation on whether to align UK EMIR margin requirements with the rest of the world and continuing market practice. One would hope that if any responses are received by the 19 May 2021 deadline, they would be unanimously supportive. The consultation covers the following aspects: IM phase- […]

LIBOR cessation date set

The FCA has today issued the official death knell for LIBOR. The announcement constitutes an index cessation event under the IBOR Fallbacks Supplement and the ISDA 2020 IBOR Fallbacks Protocol for all 35 LIBOR settings. 5 March 2021 is therefore the date on which the fallback spread adjustment will be fixed. Publication of 26 LIBOR […]

Fallbacks Protocol Effective

The IBOR Fallbacks Protocol is legally effective as of today. Following a permanent IBOR cessation, or an FCA determination that a LIBOR has “become” non-representative, fallbacks in the form of adjusted risk-free rates will apply to in-scope derivatives contracts. Clearly, the Protocol only applies to those who have adhered- 11902 to date. Purely in terms […]

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