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February 12, 2024

Financial crime poses significant threats that undermine market integrity and public trust

Financial crime undermines market integrity and public trust, prompting the FCA's 3-year strategy. MEMA advises firms to use tech, collaborate, educate, strengthen compliance, foster responsibility, and support AML reform. For assistance, contact MEMA's experts.

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February 12, 2024

Financial crime poses significant threats that undermine market integrity and public trust

Financial crime undermines market integrity and public trust, prompting the FCA's 3-year strategy. MEMA advises firms to use tech, collaborate, educate, strengthen compliance, foster responsibility, and support AML reform. For assistance, contact MEMA's experts.

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August 9, 2023

Revised U.K. Financial Regulators' Complaints Scheme - Coming into effect 1, November 2023

In a collaborative effort, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), and Bank of England have unveiled their revised Complaints Scheme, which fundamentally shapes the protocol for addressing and managing grievances lodged against the U.K. regulatory bodies. This revamped framework encompasses several significant modifications:

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May 18, 2023

Use of Personal Communications Channels. A Compliance Concern for Regulated Entities

In today's digital age, the use of personal communications channels for work purposes has become a major point of contention for regulated entities. Financial services regulators globally,

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April 20, 2023

FCA's New Consumer Duty Takes Center Stage Amid Cost of Living Crisis

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has highlighted its focus on ensuring good consumer outcomes in its latest Business Plan, selecting 'putting consumers' needs first' as one of its four priority areas for the upcoming year. This comes in response to the ongoing cost of living crisis, and the FCA is committing additional resources and headcount to Consumer Duty-related activities.

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April 5, 2023

Review of the Senior Managers & Certification Regime (SMCR)

On 30 March 2023, the UK government and regulators initiated a review of the Senior Managers & Certification Regime (SMCR) through a Call for Evidence from Her Majesty's Treasury (HMT) and a joint Discussion Paper (DP23/3) from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).

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March 31, 2023

Horizon Scanning for Compliance Officers in UK Banking & Payment Services Sector: Key Strategies

Horizon scanning is a key component of this role, as it helps compliance officers stay informed of emerging trends, changes in regulations, and technological advancements that could impact their organization. In this article, we'll provide key strategies and best practices for successful horizon scanning in the UK banking and payment services sector.

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March 15, 2023

The Motor Finance Industry: How to Apply the Consumer Duty Principle

On 1 March 2023, the FCA released a portfolio letter titled "Implementing the Consumer Duty in the Motor Finance Providers Portfolio." The letter highlights the need for a more consumer-focused approach and emphasizes that CEOs or directors should personally focus on implementing the Consumer Duty.

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March 8, 2023

Buy now pay later agreements to become regulated in the UK

Currently, BNPLs and STFC companies benefit from the exemption under Article 60F of the Financial Services and Markets Act (Regulated Activities) Order 2001 (RAO). Firms providing BNPL products benefiting from the 60F Exemption do not have to be FCA authorised and the agreements do not need to be in a prescribed form under the CCA.

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February 16, 2023

Consumer Credit Reforms - Are they long overdue?

The Consumer Credit Act 1974 (CCA) is a significant piece of legislation that regulates credit agreements, such as personal loans, overdrafts, and credit card purchases. However, the CCA has undergone numerous changes over the years, resulting in a fragmented and complex consumer credit framework that is difficult to navigate.

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