First introduced in the banking sector in 2016 in response to significant conduct failings and the 2008 financial crisis, the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) is part of the UK regulators’ drive to improve culture, governance, and accountability within financial services firms. The SMCR aims to deter misconduct by improving individual accountability and awareness of conduct issues across firms, and to promote a culture where employees at all levels take personal responsibility for their actions, with good regulatory compliance practices central to its requirements. This resource offers the latest developments on the SMCR and our London team’s insights into them.
The UK Financial Conduct Authority recently published Policy Statement 20/12, which sets out the final rules on the extension of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime implementation deadlines for the certification regime and conduct rules.
The UK Financial Conduct Authority recently closed its consultation (CP20/10) to extend the deadline for solo-regulated firms to conduct their first fitness and propriety assessments of certified staff and train all staff on the conduct rules, and updated its webpage with positive and negative indicators firms should consider when conducting the assessments and training. Firms should take action now to prepare for the full implementation of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) began a consultation (CP20/10) on 17 July on the extension of the deadlines by which FCA solo-regulated firms must have first assessed the fitness and propriety of their certified staff, trained staff in the Conduct Rules, and reported directory person data.
The UK Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority have published statements setting out their expectations of dual-regulated and solo-regulated firms on their senior managers and certification regime requirements in the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19). They intend to provide flexibility to firms where they can and have made specific provisions in light of COVID-19.
Morgan Lewis partner Louise Skinner authored an article in FT Adviser about the upcoming implementation of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) for solo-regulated firms in the UK. In the article, Louise discusses the impact of SMCR thus far and best practices for firms preparing for compliance.
This event will build on the success of the previous seven summits that C&F has organised on the SMCR. All of these were very well received by delegates, who rated the content and quality of the speakers very highly. This edition of the summit will be delivered virtually, using our bespoke online event platform.
Partner Melanie Ryan will speak on "Developments in Combating Money Laundering and Financial Crime."