this response to the FCA’s Consultation on its new powers over the use of critical benchmarks, the FMLC has highlighted uncertainties in relation to the BMR generally, which in turn lead to confusion regarding the new powers and the difficulties in defining the “tough legacy” contracts in relation to which the FCA may use its new powers.
The Working Group has noted with interest the appointment by HM Treasury of an independent panel to review the operation of the legislation relating to ring-fencing and the publication of a Call for Evidence. As the Working Group has only just been established, its work has not progressed sufficiently so as to respond to the Call for Evidence. A letter was instead sent to the Independent Review Panel drawing attention to the Working Group’s remit and proposed output.
The FMLC has submitted a response drawing attention to previous FMLC papers on “possession” and “control”, written in 2010 and 2012, which highlight the serious issues of legal uncertainty and material difficulties arising from the definitions of “possession” and “control”.
The FMLC has submitted a response drawing attention to legal uncertainties which have arisen owing to developments in the business, technological and regulatory environment since the last review of the SFD in 2008/2009.
Together with the European Financial Markets Lawyers Group (the “EFMLG”)—a group of senior legal experts from the EU banking sector, hosted by the European Central Bank, dedicated to making analysis […]
The FMLC has also drawn attention to the possible overlap of the new regime for stablecoins with the existing regime under the E-Money Regulations.
The Committee has expressed the view that safe-harbour legislation would address the worst-case risks of frustration, avoidance or force majeure termination which, although they may have only a small chance of crystallising, would be potentially significant in their impact owing to the systemic importance of market standard terms.
In order to have a better understanding of impact of Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) and Machine Learning (“ML”) on financial services, the Bank of England (the “BoE”) and the Financial Conduct Authority (the “FCA”) have established the Artificial Intelligence Public-Private Forum (“AIPPF”).
To facilitate the transition of “tough legacy” contracts away from LIBOR, HM Government has introduced the Financial Services Bill 2019-21 (the “Financial Services Bill”) which grants new powers under to the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) to help it manage an orderly “wind-down of critical benchmarks”.
On 21 October 2020, HM Government published the Financial Services Bill 2019-21 (the “Bill”). The Bill amends the U.K.’s existing legislative framework for financial services in 17 distinct areas, addressing […]