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Alison Donnelly

Alison Donnelly
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PSD2 spells the end of surcharges

[fa icon='calendar'] 22-Dec-2017 15:16:41 / by Alison Donnelly posted in E-money, Compliance, PSD2, Payment services

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When does a great deal turn out to be not such a great deal? When a credit card surcharge is added right at the end. Such hidden surcharges will be a thing of the past, mostly, come mid-January when the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) is implemented.

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The RTGS game changer for payment and e-money institutions

[fa icon='calendar'] 09-Dec-2017 16:58:42 / by Alison Donnelly posted in Payment services

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Following on from my previous blog post, where I looked at the UK’s current and future payments architecture, one of the most interesting developments identified at the Project Regulator event that could be a game changer for payment and e-money institutions concerns the UK’s interbank real time gross settlement (RTGS) system.

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Improving the UK's payment systems

[fa icon='calendar'] 20-Nov-2017 09:53:52 / by Alison Donnelly posted in Compliance, E-money, Payment services

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Last week, Project Regulator, which I lead on behalf of the Emerging Payments Association, hosted a special briefing on the new payments architecture organised by the inspirational and indefatigable, Anne Pieckielon, Director of Product and Strategy at bacs.

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PSD2 questions and answers

[fa icon='calendar'] 13-Oct-2017 15:52:21 / by Alison Donnelly posted in E-money, Payment services, PSD2

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The gateway for PSD2 applications opens today. About 500 authorised payment institutions and e-money institutions and 150 payment initiation and account information service providers are expected to submit applications to the FCA over the next few months in order to be authorised by 13 January (in the case of payment initiation and account information service providers) or re-authorised by 12 July in the case of those firms already authorised.

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FCA focus on CF10 personal responsibility

[fa icon='calendar'] 22-Sep-2017 11:28:28 / by Alison Donnelly posted in Compliance, Payment services, E-money

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The competence and capability expected of holders of the compliance function has been brought into sharp focus by two final notices issued by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) this summer. One holder of the compliance function (the CF10), was fined £75,000 for failing to exercise due skill, care and diligence in performing his compliance oversight role. The other, a would-be compliance officer, had his application for CF10 and the money laundering reporting function (CF11) refused on the grounds of ‘competence and capability’.

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Join fscom's team of expert compliance professionals

[fa icon='calendar'] 31-Aug-2017 09:24:51 / by Alison Donnelly posted in Company news

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Due to continued growth we are seeking passionate, ambitious professionals to join us as associate directors and a senior compliance associate.  

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There's an ICAAP to fit everyone; so wear it!

[fa icon='calendar'] 16-Aug-2017 15:19:32 / by Alison Donnelly posted in Compliance, FCA, ICAAP, IFPRU, BIPRU, E-money, Payment services

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Last year, the FCA sent a 'Dear CEO' letter about ICAAP. For those who don't know, the ICAAP is a process a firm follows to assess the risks it’s facing currently and in the foreseeable future and calculate an amount of capital it should hold as a buffer against those risks.

The letter was a warning that the exercise shouldn't be a quick totting up of sums without any real engagement in the process. It went only to IFPRU investment firms, though BIPRU firms also have to do ICAAPs. Payment and e-money institutions don't have to do an ICAAP but as those who are tackling their re-authorisation application know, PSD2 places strong emphasis on understanding and managing risks. 

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Emerging Payment Awards Demonstrate Maturing Fintech Market

[fa icon='calendar'] 09-Aug-2017 10:22:10 / by Alison Donnelly posted in Payment services, FINTECH

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Last week the Emerging Payments Association announced the finalists for this year’s Emerging Payments Awards. With more than 200 entries from payments related businesses around the world, the awards are testimony to the amazing growth this area of FinTech is experiencing.

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fscom shortlisted for best service organisation award

[fa icon='calendar'] 03-Aug-2017 21:06:24 / by Alison Donnelly

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We've just been shortlisted in the Best Service Organisation supporting the Emerging Payments Industry category in the 2017 Emerging Payments Awards!

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Countdown to PSD2: what do payment service providers have to do? 

[fa icon='calendar'] 28-Jun-2017 20:20:24 / by Alison Donnelly posted in Compliance, E-money, FCA, PSD2, Payment services

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In six months’ time, the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) will be implemented in the UK. And while we don’t yet have finalised implementing documents, progress is being made on what the realised directive will look like. 

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