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As we finally emerge from the shadow of the pandemic in 2022 (albeit more slowly than hoped), regulators and policymakers have left emergency measures behind and returned to their reform agendas. In this piece, our regulatory experts set out the top ten UK developments for financial institutions and fintechs to watch in 2022, covering:

  1. Embedding good culture
  2. Shifting retail expectations – the new Consumer Duty
  3. Defining the boundaries of BNPL regulation
  4. Bringing crypto within the regulatory perimeter
  5. Reforming the regulatory approach to AML
  6. Tightening the appointed representatives regime
  7. Preparing for the financial promotions gateway
  8. Operational resilience – counting down to application
  9. Ramping up ESG regulation (and enforcement?)
  10. Increasing divergence and the Future Regulatory Framework Review

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Philip Annett is a partner with the Financial Services Regulatory team in Baker McKenzie's London office. He has an in-depth knowledge of working with the UK regulators, having previously been a senior lawyer in the Enforcement Division at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), where he led some of the regulator's highest-profile enforcement cases, and was recently seconded to the Bribery and Corruption Division at the Serious Fraud Office.

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Kimberly Everitt is Baker McKenzie's knowledge lawyer for Financial Services Regulation & Enforcement, covering the EMEA region, and brings over a decade of experience to the team in both knowledge and fee-earning roles. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Kim held roles specializing in contentious financial services regulation knowledge, and her fee-earning roles covered non-contentious regulation in the private equity and general financial services sectors.

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Connie Faith is an Associate in Baker McKenzie London office.

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Julian is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's Financial Services Group in London. Julian advises financial institutions including international and local fintechs, investment and retail banks, asset managers, investment advisers, payment services firms and product issuers on compliance with UK and European regulatory obligations. Julian also has experience in advising on the spectrum of regulated financial services and products including deposit products, payment accounts and electronic money products, consumer credit, insurance, derivatives, managed funds, structured debt and equities. Julian has completed a secondment to UBS AG and Western Union Business Solutions, in their in-house legal and compliance teams. Duties included advising equity derivatives, fixed income derivatives and equities teams on general commercial and regulatory issues. He is currently on secondment from the Australian offices of the Firm and has extensive experience with both Australian and English financial regulation.

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Caitlin McErlane advises asset managers, banks, major corporates, exchanges, clearing houses and payment institutions on navigating UK and EU financial services regulation. She has particular experience in advising clients on operating in compliance with ongoing regulatory developments, including MiFID II, EMIR, the Investment Firms Regulation, ESG reforms, AIFMD and the Market Abuse Regulation.

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Mark Simpson is a partner in the Financial Services & Regulatory Group in the London office where he practices in the areas of financial regulation, financial crime, and regulatory investigations. He is a member of the Firm's EMEA Financial Services & Insurance Steering Committee, as well as its Global Funds and FinTech Groups. He participates actively in industry bodies including the Alternative Investment Managers Association. He has authored a number of articles and other publications, most notably acting as a general editor of and contributor to the International Guide to Money Laundering Law and Practice, and A Practitioner's Guide to the Law and Regulation of Financial Crime.

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Shaneil Shah is an Associate in the Financial Services & Regulatory Group in the London office. Shaneil has experience advising FinTechs, funds, banks, asset managers and payment institutions on compliance with their regulatory obligations and has spent time on secondment to Baker McKenzie in Hong Kong.

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Ben Thatcher is an Associate in Baker McKenzie London office.

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Sarah Williams is an associate in the financial services practice in London. Sarah advises a broad range of clients on financial services legal and regulatory issues. Sarah's practice includes advising on the regulation of payment services and electronic money, investment firms and consumer credit providers and anti-money laundering compliance issues.

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