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  • UK Senior Manager and Certification Regime Amendments and Extension Final
    The Bank of England and Financial Services Act 2016 was passed by the UK Parliament. The Act includes amendments to the Senior Manager and Certification Regime and extends the SM&CR to all UK authorized firms. The amendments include removing the presumption of responsibility for a senior manager when a breach of regulatory provisions occurs in the area that he is responsible for, replacing it with a duty of responsibility. In addition, the UK regulators are granted specific powers to take enforcement action against all non-executive directors of firms for their misconduct. The extension of the SM&CR follows from the recommendations of the Fair and Effective Markets Review, published in June 2015, that the regime should be extended to wholesale participants in the fixed income, currency and commodity markets.  

    Certain provisions of the Act came into effect immediately. The provisions on senior management will come into effect once HM Treasury adopts regulations providing for the effective date. It is not yet known when the extension to all UK authorized firms will occur but the UK regulators have mentioned 2018 in the past. 

    View the Act.

    View HM Treasury’s press release.

    View the Bank of England’s press release.

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