CASS

Introduction When I started in securities custody there were no specific laws or rules about it, few regulators knew what it was, accounts were opened for new clients on the strength of a telex request and contracts to look at as precedents, if there were any at all, were two, perhaps as many as six […]

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The Facts On 5 October 2016 the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced that it had fined Aviva Pension Trustees UK Limited and Aviva Wrap UK Limited (together “Aviva”) £11,781,262 (reduced to £8,246,800 on account of early settlement) for breach of the Client Assets (CASS) rules. The case is interesting as it is the first which […]

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Introduction On 14 April 2015, the FCA published its final notice fining The Bank of New York Mellon London Branch and the Bank of New York Mellon International Limited (together, “BoNY”) a total of £180 million (reduced to £126 million on account of early settlement) for failure to arrange adequate protection of safe custody assets […]

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Life for “small AIFMs” [1] will change in a big way on 1 April 2015 and, despite the date, it’s no joke… In Policy Statement 13/5, the FCA made certain amendments to its client assets (CASS) rules in order to ensure that they remained consistent with the Alternative Investment Fund Management Directive (AIFMD) and to […]

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Introduction The requirement to create and maintain a CASS Resolution Pack (CASS RP), formed a key plank in the FCA’s review of the client assets regime in the UK.  It requires each firm which is subject to CASS Chapter 6 (Custody rules) or Chapter 7 (Client money rules) to collate certain information regarding its handling […]

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Firms continue to take inadequate steps to ensure compliance with the Client Money rules.  The latest case involving insurance broker Towergate highlights the FCA’s renewed sense of purpose and the fact that insurance brokers are not immune. The broker misallocated £15m of client and insurer money over a four year period (from November 2007 to […]

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On 3 September 2013, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a press release announcing the final notice it has issued to Aberdeen Asset Managers Limited and Aberdeen Fund Management Limited (“Aberdeen”), fining the firm £7,192,500 for breaches of the FCA’s client money rules.  This fine included a 30% discount for early settlement by Aberdeen. Over […]

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On 26 April 2013, the FCA published Policy Development Update No 157.  This summarises the anticipated publications dates for various pieces of regulatory guidance.  Of note are the following: a policy statement (PS12/5) to CP11/16 on recovery and resolution plans, due for publication in Q2 2013; a policy statement to part 2 of CP12/22 on […]

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On 16 April 2013 I am a guest speaker in a webinar being given by the Forum for Regulatory Change.  The presentation will focus on the future requirements for insurance intermediaries to prepare and maintain CASS Resolution Packs.  It will summarise the law in this area as it applies to insurance intermediaries and will leverage […]

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On 25 January 2013, the FSA published Policy Development Update Number 155 detailing forthcoming publications from the FSA on a wide range of issues.  Among the client money related updates to be expected during the course of 2013 are: Policy Statement relating to Part 2 of CP12/22, introducing the concept of multiple client money pools within the CASS […]

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