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Alison Donnelly

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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 PSD2, E-money, FCA, Compliance, 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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Safeguarding guidance: FCA update

[fa icon='calendar'] 16-May-2017 17:22:02 / by Alison Donnelly posted in E-money, FCA, Payment services

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The FCA’s proposed interpretation of the safeguarding obligation is causing serious concern in the industry. Under the new guidance, payment and e-money institutions will be expected to match the value of payments they make on behalf of their clients from their own funds because they will have to both keep the value in a safeguarding account and remit it to the payee.

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MLRO Masterclass: how to handle tricky due diligence issues

[fa icon='calendar'] 09-May-2017 09:30:00 / by Alison Donnelly posted in E-money, Compliance, 4MLD, Payment services

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All you want is a straight answer. Is this enough? Can I onboard this client? Can I accept this document? Is my EID provider running a tight ship or will I get sunk? Straight-talking fscom anti money laundering expert, Mike Southgate will give the straight answers at the next MLRO Masterclass.

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Could you be our new senior compliance consultant?

[fa icon='calendar'] 09-May-2017 08:30:00 / by Alison Donnelly posted in Company news

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We're recruiting for a senior compliance consultant to join our busy advisory team. Could you be who we are looking for?

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Who are the PSD2 payment initiation service providers?

[fa icon='calendar'] 03-May-2017 16:02:19 / by Alison Donnelly posted in PSD2, Payment services

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  From January 2018, UK providers of payment initiation services will have to be authorised by the FCA under the Payment Services Regulations 2017, the legislation that implements the second Payment Services Directive, PSD2. The regulations, which were published by HM Treasury in draft form earlier this year, defines such services as ' a service to initiate a payment order at the request of the payment service user with respect to a payment account held at another payment service provider '.  
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FX forwards: in or out of scope under MiFID II?

[fa icon='calendar'] 13-Apr-2017 18:03:15 / by Alison Donnelly posted in FCA, Compliance, FINTECH

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For years, the UK charted a lonely but pragmatic course with its interpretation that deliverable FX forwards are not investment instruments. UK payment and e-money institutions can offer such products without requiring authorisation under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) while counterparts elsewhere in the EEA had to be regulated. The implementation of MiFID II in January 2018 will, among other things, confirm the UK’s position but the new definition is a little tighter than what we are used to in the UK and payment and e-money institutions must consider whether they want to remain unregulated.

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Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) dates for your diary

[fa icon='calendar'] 31-Mar-2017 23:57:35 / by Alison Donnelly

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The regulatory landscape is facing significant change over the incoming months with the implementation of four major European initiatives (impacting the payment services, anti-money laundering, investment and data protection regimes) creating a whirlwind of change for compliance professionals and their regulated firms. And that’s aside from the changes and uncertainty flowing from Brexit! This article sets out the key dates that should be marked in your diary so that you can draw up your Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) - readiness plan.

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Crisis management under PSD2: what you need to know

[fa icon='calendar'] 31-Mar-2017 23:53:29 / by Alison Donnelly posted in PSD2, E-money, FCA, Payment services

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The technical glitch that left thousands of customers of high profile fintech start-ups without access to their money last month should act as a major wake up call to payment services providers across the UK.

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Effective Safeguarding: The Lessons Learnt from Towergate

[fa icon='calendar'] 30-Mar-2017 12:31:06 / by Alison Donnelly posted in E-money, FCA, Payment services

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