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Inside the Regulator: PSD2 Deadline Day

[fa icon='calendar'] 13-Apr-2018 08:26:20 / by James Borley posted in Compliance Assurance, fscom News, PSD2, E-money, FCA, Compliance, Payment services

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The third in my trilogy of PSD2 blogs from ‘Inside the Regulator’. However, as we are now entering uncertain and uncharted territory, in terms of firms that failed to submit applications for re-authorisation in time, my insights are more presumptive than previously.  

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GDPR: separating fact from fiction

[fa icon='calendar'] 10-Apr-2018 22:35:06 / by James Donnelly posted in Payment services, GDPR

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GDPR Fines! GDPR Fines! GDPR Fines! The war cry of solicitors and tech consultants across Europe for the past year has become so loud that it’s almost impossible to distinguish it from all the other noise on social media and in the news.

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PSD2 - further inside the regulator

[fa icon='calendar'] 19-Mar-2018 17:40:38 / by James Borley posted in PSD2, E-money, FCA, Payment services, FINTECH, cryptocurrency

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Drawing on my experience of heading up the Payment Services Authorisations Team at the FCA for many years, I spoke last week (http://blog.fscom.co.uk/psd2-a-glimpse-inside-the-regulator) about the FCA’s expectations for authorisations and re-authorisations, and offered some insight into how they might approach the challenges brought about by PSD2. I now explore the risks inherent in firms wishing to ‘upgrade’ their licences, the new entrants under PSD2 and the FCA’s approach to supervision.

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PSD2 - a glimpse inside the Regulator

[fa icon='calendar'] 13-Mar-2018 14:20:11 / by James Borley posted in PSD2, E-money, FCA, Compliance, Payment services

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Much of our time is, and seems always to have been, spent trying to interpret exactly what the regulations or, more importantly, the Regulator is expecting. A leading question asked by many compliance officers is, 'what do they expect of my company?'. This is often where the compliance consultant comes in.

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Bringing Cryptocurrency To The Front Line: Who, What, Why & How?

[fa icon='calendar'] 12-Mar-2018 12:00:00 / by Karen Vickers posted in Compliance, 5MLD, cryptocurrency

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When we hear the word ‘cryptocurrencies’, three fixations tend to pop up; price volatility, anonymity and, perhaps most of all, its enduring association with the darker corners of the internet.

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How are the third party providers (TPPs) faring under PSD2?

[fa icon='calendar'] 09-Mar-2018 09:14:44 / by Alison Donnelly posted in PSD2, E-money, FCA, Payment services

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It’s been five months since the FCA’s doors opened to applications from the new payment service providers, often referred to as third party providers (TPPs), and two months since they could appear on the Register so it’s a good time to ask how many have seized the opportunity presented by the second payment services directive (PSD2).

The answer is: ‘not so many’.

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fscom Appoints New Head of Financial Crime

[fa icon='calendar'] 09-Feb-2018 10:13:06 / by fscom Team posted in FINTECH

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We're delighted to welcome Karen Vickers as our new Head of Financial Crime. 

In her new role, Karen will be responsible for managing our rapidly growing client base, advising them on how to meet their legal and regulatory obligations in respect of financial crime, including anti-money laundering, sanctions terrorist financing and anti-bribery and corruption.

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Comply or Die: How compliance audits can help FinTechs survive

[fa icon='calendar'] 08-Feb-2018 16:37:51 / by James Borley posted in 4MLD, PSR Audit, EMR Audit, Payment services, FINTECH

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‘Compliance’ is the watchword in financial services, perhaps more now than ever. With new rules and regulations being introduced across Europe, most notably 4MLD, MiFID II, PSD2 and GDPR, Heads of Compliance across multiple industry verticals are now under major pressure to ensure their processes and procedures are up to date, adequate and compliant.

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Meeting the InfoSec demands of PSD2 and GDPR

[fa icon='calendar'] 31-Jan-2018 10:00:00 / by Greg James posted in PSD2, E-money, Compliance, Payment services, GDPR, FINTECH

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A new year; a new payments landscape?

[fa icon='calendar'] 12-Jan-2018 23:40:13 / by Alison Donnelly posted in PSD2, E-money, FCA, Payment services

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To some, 13 January and the implementation of the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) will be a significant milestone in their business’s path. They will be joining the community of the regulated financial services sector, which means that their owners and managers take on significant additional liability and are subject to a new level of scrutiny. They will have to meet certain standards and requirements ranging from the information they must give their customers to the type of insurance they must hold (in the case of the payment initiation and account information service providers) to how they treat client money (for authorised payment and e-money institutions and small e-money institutions).

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