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Welcome to the weekly Financial Services highlights from the Financial Services team for the week ending 4 January 2018.
The Financial Markets Law Committee (FMLC) published a research paper on issues of legal uncertainty arising in the context of Brexit, in particular the application and impact of World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules on financial services. In the paper, the FMLC examines the future of the UK's cross-border trade with the EU and the potential impact of the WTO's rules.
The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published its regulatory digest for December 2017. This issue includes the Bank of England's (BoE) announcement on 20 December 2017 that it is consulting on an updated approach to authorising and supervising international banks and insurers, and is issuing guidance on its approach to international central counterparties. It also highlights the PRA's second consultation on improvements to the implementation of Solvency II, which was launched on 12 December 2017.
SI 2018/Draft: The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Carrying on Regulated Activities by Way of Business) Order 2001 is amended to clarify the circumstances in which a person who carries on the specified activity of accepting deposits does not do so ‘by way of business’ where that activity is facilitated by a person operating an electronic system in relation to lending.
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