Corporate weekly highlights—9 December 2016

Corporate weekly highlights—9 December 2016

Welcome to the weekly highlights from the Lexis®PSL Corporate team for the week ending 9 December 2016, which provide news updates and a comprehensive list of dates for your diary. This week’s edition features: The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)’s latest quarterly Consultation Paper on proposed amendments to its Handbook; the FCA’s update on Legal Entity Identifiers; a European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) executive director’s speech regarding what ESMA is doing to strengthen Europe’s capital markets; the House of Lords’ corporate responsibility briefing; the Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) recommendations to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) Select Committee inquiry into corporate governance; UHY Hacker Young’s and the Quoted Companies Alliance’s (QCA) newly published ‘Corporate Governance Behaviour Review 2016’; BEIS’s new payment practice transparency measures; the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017; and the Law Society’s practice note on compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA 2015).

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FCA launches quarterly Handbook consultation

The FCA has released its latest quarterly Consultation Paper (CP16/39) on proposed miscellaneous amendments to its Handbook. The FCA is proposing, among other things, to make changes to: the pension projection rules to remove conflicts with the Conduct of Business sourcebook (COBS) 13 Annex 2 when providing risk warnings to scheme members with safeguarded-flexible benefits; the Decision Procedure and Penalties manual (DEPP), to set out the FCA’s decision-making process under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007; the Enforcement Guide and DEPP, to set out the FCA’s decision making process under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014; COBS on adviser charging for vertically integrated firms, arising out of the Financial Advice Market Review; the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook, reflecting the Transparency Directive Regulatory Technical Standards on the European Electronic Access Point; the Training and Competence sourcebook table of appropriate qualifications and appropriate qualification time limits, and the Glossary definition of 'accredited body'; and the regulatory reporting requirements in the

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