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UK & Ireland: Regulatory Priorities for 2024/25

UK & Ireland: Regulatory Priorities for 2024/25

Robust risk management and good governance are crucial elements for success! As we approach the second half of 2024 and look forward to 2025, where are the regulators focusing their attention? In Ireland, we see the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) focusing on: Fighting...

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Navigating the AI Frontier: A Regulatory Journey

Navigating the AI Frontier: A Regulatory Journey

“Depending on who you speak to, AI could either lead to the destruction of civilisation, or the cure for cancer or both. It could either displace today’s jobs or enable an explosion in future productivity. The truth probably embraces both scenarios. At the FCA we are...

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Why Managing Conflicts should still be on your agenda!

Why Managing Conflicts should still be on your agenda!

Conflicts of interest is a subject matter that should be relatively easy to understand and as such, straightforward when it comes to compliance. Why then do we hear of senior managers who have failed to declare a potential conflict or to recuse themselves from related...

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CAR 2022: What should you focus on?

CAR 2022: What should you focus on?

The Irish Client Asset Regulations (the CAR) were introduced to inspire public confidence and protect investors if an investment firm became insolvent. Revisions were made to the CAR in 2015 and today, we see Ireland preparing for further enhancements with the...

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It's time we discussed Pension Dashboards

It's time we discussed Pension Dashboards

Whether you work in the pensions sector, or not, everyone needs to understand what Pension Dashboards are, and what it means for you personally. With the draft Pension Dashboard Regulations 2022 published earlier in 2022, we now see a large scale collaboration between...

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SM&CR: an update for FMIs

SM&CR: an update for FMIs

UK Government issued a consultation paper last year setting out its proposals to replicate the Senior Managers & Certification Regime (SM&CR) for Financial Market Infrastructures (FMIs), who are not authorised firms. Here we look at the outcome of that consultation....

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Dawning of a tougher Appointed Representatives Regime

Dawning of a tougher Appointed Representatives Regime

The Appointed Representative Regime (the Regime) was introduced in 1986 initially for investment services. With the introduction of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FMSA), the Regime’s scope was broadened. The aim of the Regime has always been to provide a...

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Assertive FCA issues Business Plan & Strategy

Assertive FCA issues Business Plan & Strategy

It’s that time again! This year the FCA has issued a Strategy Document for the next three years to accompany its Business plan for 2022-23. This will be followed shortly by publication of its Data Strategy. Last year the FCA focused on becoming "more innovative, more...

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Cryptoassets: Why be concerned?

Cryptoassets: Why be concerned?

In recent years, the term cryptoassets has slowly crept into our vocabulary. It’s a hot topic for debate and in the past few weeks, we’ve seen various countries and regions issuing guidance and warnings to both regulated firms and the public. What are cryptoassets?...

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Transparency & Transfer Agents

Transparency & Transfer Agents

Prior to AIFMD and UCITS V, transfer agents (TAs) were unknown, however the need for greater transparency and trust has raised their profile. Transfer agents play an important role in financial services. They fulfil a number of functions such as maintaining and...

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How well do you know your Appointed Representatives?

How well do you know your Appointed Representatives?

In December 2021, the FCA published its proposals for improving the oversight of appointed representatives. Regulatory expectations: The FCA is looking to reduce harm to consumers by strengthening the appointed representatives regime. From its thematic reviews of...

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Tips to Create Risk Ownership within your firm

Tips to Create Risk Ownership within your firm

One of the fundamental obligations applicable to all regulated firms is the need to implement appropriate processes to manage risks. But how do we encourage our staff to take responsibility and raise issues appropriately? Good risk management brings many benefits to...

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