Data Protection Act 2018

The Data Protection Act 2018 replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 and provides a comprehensive legal framework for data protection in the UK, supplemented by the GDPR until the UK leaves the EU.

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018

The Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 creates a new sanctions regime for the UK after Brexit, needed to keep UK Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) and Counter-Terrorist Financing (“CTF”) measures up to date.

ICO: Data Protection registration and fees

GDPR removes the requirement for data controllers to register with the ICO; however, new regulations require all data controllers to continue paying the ICO an annual fee.

ESMA Technical Advice simplifying prospectuses format and content

ESMA has published the first part of its Technical Advice under the new Prospectus Regulation, covering the areas of format and content of a prospectus (including the Universal Registration Document), the EU Growth prospectus and the scrutiny and approval of a prospectus.

ESMA prohibits binary options and restricts CFDs to protect retail investors

ESMA has announced a ban on the provision of binary options to retail investors in the EU and placed restrictions on the provision of contracts for differences, including rolling spot forex and financial spread bets, to retail investors in the EU. The FCA supports ESMA’s application of EU-wide temporary product intervention measures and expects to consult on whether to apply these measures on a permanent basis.

GDPR – Are you ready?

Are you ready? On 25 May 2018, the GDPR will come into effect for all firms operating within Europe as well as firms outside of Europe which have data come in from, go through, or end up in, the European Union. As part of this regulation, individuals will be afforded enhanced rights regarding their data.

Brexit: Draft UK EU Withdrawal Agreement

The Draft UK EU Withdrawal Agreement published on 19 March 2018 contains no mention of the financial services industry whilst confirming that the transitional period will last from Brexit day on 29 March 2019 until 31 December 2020.

Proposed changes to the AIFM and UCITS Directives

The European Commission (“EC”) have published a proposed directive and a proposed regulation amending Directive 2011/61/EU on Alternative Investment Fund Managers (“AIFMs”) and Directive 2009/65/EC on undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities (“UCITS”) to facilitate cross-border marketing of funds, including pre-marketing under the AIFM Directive.

Brexit: FCA Survey for EEA inbound passported firms

The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”), via a specific webpage entitled ‘Survey for EEA inbound passported firms’, are asking all firms they solely regulate that passport into the UK (either via a branch or on a cross-border services basis) or market funds in the UK to complete a short online survey.

FCA and PRA multi-firm review on Algorithmic Trading Compliance in Wholesale Markets

The FCA and PRA have been reviewing firms’ algorithmic trading activity and have issued supervisory publications. For firms solo-regulated by the FCA, please refer to the FCA publication. Firms regulated by the PRA and FCA should refer to both publications. Firms operating in wholesale markets increasingly use algorithms for a number of purposes across their trading activity. In particular, driven by the rise in electronic trading platforms and the increased availability of data, algorithms are now often used for making both execution and investment decisions. It is essential that key oversight functions, including compliance and risk management, keep pace with technological advancements.