The following Corporate Crime guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has a wide-ranging brief, which includes the ability to enforce compliance with its rules and competition law in order to meet its strategic and operational objectives. For more information, see Practice Notes: Financial Conduct Authority—objectives and principles and Financial Conduct Authority—functions.
The FCA has a range of powers that it can use in this respect. This includes regulatory, disciplinary, civil and criminal enforcement powers. For more information, see: FCA enforcement powers—one minute guide and Practice Note: FCA enforcement essentials—investigations—The FCA’s Toolkit.
This Practice Note provides an introduction to the FCA’s criminal enforcement investigatory powers. For detailed guidance, consult the FCA and PRA investigations, enforcement and discipline.
For more information about the FCA's approach to investigating firms and individuals, see the following Practice Notes:
FCA enforcement essentials—investigations—Appointment of investigators under FSMA 2000
UK regulators—non-FSMA enforcement powers
Steps in FCA enforcement investigations
FCA investigation of senior management, and
Dealing with the FCA—informal requests for information
The following Practice Notes give information on how to handle disclosure of documents and information to the FCA during an investigation:
FCA and PRA disclosure issues—one minute guide
FCA and PRA disclosure issues—essentials, and
FCA and PRA search and seizure powers and dawn raids
Practice Notes: FCA enforcement essentials—investigations—Pro-active co-operation with the FCA and Offences during an FCA investigation give guidance on dealing
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