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Britain kicks off review of regulating finance after Brexit

Britain has kicked off a review of how regulation of finance could be improved after Brexit, saying it would not tweak the existing set-up of watchdogs introduced in the aftermath of the financial crisis a decade ago. The European Union has been the source of financial rules in Britain for… Read More

UK Economic Crime Plan Draws Allegations of ‘Policy Capture’ from Critics: FT

A new UK plan to tackle economic crime would fail to hold companies sufficiently liable for illicit activity beyond bribery and tax evasion, anti-corruption campaigners told the Financial Times. Under current laws, British firms can only be deemed guilty of other financial crimes if the “directing mind”—a senior manager… Read More

BoE says British banks ready for no-deal Brexit, trade war

British banks hold enough capital to cope with a no-deal Brexit and a global trade war simultaneously, the Bank of England said on Thursday, although a disruptive Brexit would still cause major turbulence for financial markets and the economy. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney also flagged ongoing concerns about… Read More
5th June 2019
European Union preparations for a no-deal Brexit would split stock markets in Europe, although the damage could be reduced if Britain spelled out in advance its approach to trading, a top EU regulator said on Tuesday. The EU angered market participants in March when it said that if there is… Read More
29th May 2019
The European Union will not renegotiate the Brexit deal that Prime Minister Theresa May agreed, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday, as concerns grew that a successor to May could trigger a confrontation with the bloc. Brexit is up in the air after May announced plans to step down,… Read More
22nd May 2019
U.S. investment bank JPMorgan raised its probability of a no-deal Brexit to 25 from 15%, saying its base case is that Boris Johnson becomes prime minister, followed by a general election and then another delay to Britain’s exit to the end of the year. JPMorgan raised the probability of an… Read More
16th May 2019
The European Commission is working on its largest regulatory push on banking since the financial crash that could curb Britain’s access to the bloc, according to an internal draft document seen by Reuters. In the 12-page strategy document, EU officials outline provisional financial services plans for the bloc’s executive body,… Read More
8th May 2019
While Britain debates the merits of a second Brexit referendum, London’s financial centre is steering clear of the argument, resigned to the need to shift some business elsewhere. Burned by backing the ill-fated Remain campaign three years ago, major global and British banks told Reuters they would shy away from… Read More
25th April 2019
Britain’s finance minister Philip Hammond began the search for a new governor of the Bank of England to help steer the world’s fifth-biggest economy, and its global financial center, through the upheaval of Brexit. Mark Carney, a Canadian, twice extended his term in charge of the British central bank as… Read More
24th April 2019
European Union regulators are refusing to cut British-based banks any slack over bulking up in the bloc in preparation for Brexit, despite an extension to the process which some have taken as an opportunity to drag their feet. Cost-conscious banks are reluctant to spend millions more and cause further disruption… Read More
23rd April 2019
The European Union’s system of financial-market access needs adapting to avoid disputes between the EU and Britain over rules after Brexit, a top UK regulator said on Tuesday. Andrew Bailey, chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority, said future regulation in Britain will hinge on where the EU system of… Read More
18th April 2019
The weeks before Easter are usually some of the busiest of the year for bankers, lawyers and consultants in the City of London, as clients rush to get deals done before a run of public holidays. But this year comparatively little has been happening. City workers had been hoping the… Read More
16th April 2019
The United Kingdom is seeking input on its planned implementation of the European Union’s fifth anti-money laundering directive (5AMLD) as the government continues to negotiate an exit from the economic bloc. In a consultation paper published Monday, HM Treasury said it would seek stakeholder commentary on the directive through… Read More