The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) held the Markets Conference in November in which Martin Wheatley, Chief Executive, FCA, and David Lawton, Director of Markets, FCA, both delivered keynote speeches.
Mr Wheatley surveyed the new global regulatory landscape and how it has changed in recent history, emphasising its global nature and tightened regulatory standards. Mr Wheatley noted that to reap the benefits of transparency and the new reporting obligations
FCA needed to be pragmatic. The FCA recognised that the easier it is for firms to roll out consistent standards across the systems and processes they run, the more likely they are to successfully comply with regulatory requirements. Harmonised rules across
Europe are essential and FCA recognises that harmonisation done pragmatically, and at the right level, is a good thing.
Mr Lawton focused on the FCA’s approach to market supervision, emphasising the need for the FCA’s supervision to evolve in light of changing circumstances. He explained that the need for evolution was driven by the complexity and dynamism of the markets
the FCA regulated. In this context the FCA’s transaction reporting databases received 12 million transactions a day (approximately 70% of transactions undertaken in Europe), the UK is home to nearly half the global interest rate derivatives markets and over
40% of the FX market. Mr Lawton highlighted:
- a renewed focus on wholesale conduct;
- a regulatory approach which focuses on market integrity; and
- a more holistic regulatory approach which would draw together the FCA’s data and surveillance capabilities with its supervisory and policy tools.