Corporate weekly highlights—30 September 2016

Corporate weekly highlights—30 September 2016

Welcome to the weekly highlights from the Lexis®PSL Corporate team for the week ending 30 September 2016, which provide news updates and a comprehensive list of dates for your diary. This week’s edition looks at the latest issue of Market Watch, a consultation on how FRS 102 should be updated and the release of the government’s arguments for the use Royal Prerogative to invoke Article 50.

Equity capital markets—Market conduct

Market Watch: FCA gives findings from Market Maker Review and update on PFOF

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published the 51st issue of Market Watch, its newsletter on market conduct and transaction reporting issues. The newsletter includes observations from the FCA’s Market Maker Review, which covered risk awareness, information barriers, wall-crossing procedures and insider lists, as well as ongoing monitoring and surveillance. Additionally, this issue of Market Watch provides an update on payment for order flow (PFOF).

Accounts and reports

FRC asks for views on how FRS 102 should be updated

As part of the triennial review of UK and Ireland accounting standards, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is inviting comments from stakeholders on its proposed approach to updating FRS 102 (the Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland). The changes are to reflect changes in IFRS. Comments on the changes are requested by 31 December 2016.

The changes are expected to be incremental improvements and clarifications and will apply from 1 January 2019. More significant amendments to FRS 102 are expected to be effective from 1 January 2022 and these will relate to incorporating the expected loss model for impairment of financial assets, based on IFRS 9 Financial Instruments, and updating lease accounting by lessees for consistency with IFRS 16 Leases.

Following the consultation, the FRC will develop two Financial Reporting Exposure Drafts (FREDs) with detailed proposals, providing another opportunity for stakeholders to comment. The first FRED is expected towards the end of the first quarter of 2017 (inc

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