In December 2018 the Government published a white paper on the UK’s future skills-based immigration system, followed a day later by The Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill. Once enacted, the Bill will end freedom of movement for EU nationals, set a new framework for migration based on skills not nationality and end preferential treatment for EU nationals.
This webinar will help you to prepare for the changes in UK immigration rules being brought about by Brexit. We are partnering with Jurga McLuskey, who leads Deloitte’s UK and EMEA immigration practice. She is an eminent leader in the immigration space and has strong government relationships. She has appeared as an Immigration Expert in front of the Parliament Bill Committee to give evidence on the Immigration Bill and the White Paper.
You’ll hear thought leaders speak on resilience and the future of open banking, and will have the opportunity to meet other fintech industry professionals and members of the Innovate team throughout the afternoon and during networking drinks.
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FCA Innovate in 2019 - Edinburgh
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By Luuk Jacobs
The FCA Asset Management Market Study (AMMS) was launched in November 2015 with findings reported in April 2018 (PS18/8). The implementation of AMMS by Authorised Fund Managers (AFM’s) is to be achieved by September 30, 2019. It includes ‘a package of remedies to ensure fund managers compete on the value they deliver, and act in the interests of the millions who entrust them with their savings’ according to the regulator.
For the industry, this creates a new menu of rules and guidance covered by this directive. Not only are they widespread, but they bring SMCR into play as well. Here are four key areas which need to be planned for and adequately accommodated:
a requirement for AFM’s to make an annual assessment of value (the “Value rule”), as part of their duty to act in the best interests of the investors in their funds a requirement for AFM’s to appoint a minimum of two independent directors to their boards the introduction of a new prescribed responsibility under the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) to bring individual focus and accountability technical changes to (i) improve fairness around the way in which fund managers profit from investors buying and selling their funds and (ii) facilitate the movement of investors into cheaper share classes
The impact of the above might seem rather like MiFID; just another regulation to comply with but thought through in more detail, it will have a material impact on the industry. The implications will have an impact on executive levels including NEDs and here’s how:
The Chairman of the Board of the AFM (either executive or non executive ‘NED’) will become an SMCR position with the responsibility to ensure that the firm complies with its obligation to carry out the assessment of value, the duty to recruit independent directors, and the duty to act in the best interests of fund investors. This last element would, for example, include ensuring the appointed portfolio manager is the right one for the job. Currently these are usually longstanding appointments. This will add weight to the FCA’s requirements on assessing value for money and acting in the best interest of investors, and as a senior individual (the Chairman) will be held accountable.
The question then becomes how the Board and Chairman get the information based on which they can make this assessment. Up until now most AFM Board members are executives of the Management company, with arguably limited external perspective and challenge to how the fund is operated ie a very tunnelled and internal view. These executive Board members might have a perceived knowledge of their company.
A NED has the challenge to get independent understanding of the Asset Management Company and especially these days around the Risk and Control Management Framework, not just the fund strategy(ies), its performance and value for money. Hence which reports will the NED be provided with to ensure him/herself of the sustainability of performance and value for money?
The UK industry manages £7 trillion in assets and firms offering products with particularly poor value for money may struggle to justify their offering and be put under pressure to reduce fees, improve the quality of service, or move investors into better value share classes.
Equally, with no exemptions for the smaller players in the industry, this could even lead to closure of funds due to the additional cost for NED’s, providing of information and other associated admin. Over all, the industry will be a need to upgrade even further the Risk and Control Management Framework to ensure the Board’s working and for the Chairman to be able to sign off his/her SMCR duties.
Being a NED in this environment of changed responsibility, greater emphasis on further investor protection and likely still being surrounded by a majority of executive members on the Board, will be challenging.
Hopefully the new cooks in the kitchen will have the challenge to make existing cooks realise that the taste of the consumer has changed and therefore the meal needs to be cooked differently.
FCA Asset Management Market Study.pdf
By Luuk Jacobs
A guide to where we are with Brexit
WWW.BBC.CO.UK Theresa May has agreed a draft Brexit deal with Brussels. What happens now? So a Brexit deal has been agreed or should we say has been drafted meeting both sides expectations? There are still some major hurdles to pass:
- first the cabinet ministers need to give it their blessing
- The meaningful vote in parliament
- Approval/ratification by the EU council (latest mid December)
- Ratification by UK parliament (end February latest)
- Final European Parliament plenary (mid March)
You could argue that with each of these hurdle taken the likelihood of the UK leaving the EU with and agreement is higher, but equally one hurdle not taken could throw everything in jeopardy again: PM resigning or being ousted, new referendum, new elections, etc.
Exiting or frustrating weeks/months ahead of us with no doubt difficulty in distinguishing noise from reality
By Luuk Jacobs
The EU settlement scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019. The test phase of the scheme has opened on the 21st of January to those who meet all the requirements to apply (5 years continuous residence in the UK, if not you will get "pre-settled status").
I applied myself last week Tuesday and the process was overall straight forward and took about 25 minutes. I did have permanent residence status already so could use that registration to proof my plus 5 years residence in the UK. You will have to give your social security number as well which, without knowing the exact checks that are carried out, will likely enable the home office to verify your residence in the UK.
To my pleasant surprise my application was turned around in 48 hours and I received by email, the confirmation of my settled status.
I would be interested to hear the experience of others