The FMLC Secretariat’s attention was drawn to an evidence gathering survey published ahead of the next public-private Innovation Working Group (“IWG”) on Legal Entity Identifiers (“LEIs”). The FMLC has published letters and papers in the past on the usefulness of the widespread adoption of LEIs.
In Q3 2020 the European Commission is scheduled to propose a new Digital Finance Strategy/FinTech Action Plan that sets out a number of areas that public policy should focus on in the coming five years. A Consultation designed to gather stakeholders’ views on policies to support digital finance, which will inform that strategy, was published in April 2020.
On 24 July 2019, the European Commission adopted a Communication to the European Parliament and the Council which observed that, although many risks and shortcomings in the regulatory framework for anti-money laundering and preventing terrorist financing had been addressed, structural shortcomings remained.
While certain sections of 5MLD have already been implemented in the U.K., changes required by 5MLD in respect of the registration of the beneficial ownership of trusts have not yet come into force. HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs are now jointly consulting on this aspect of the regime.