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In brief

On 11 October 2023, Ashley Alder, Chair of the FCA, delivered a speech on the FCA’s priorities for updating and improving the UK regulatory regime for asset managers. Covering a number of interesting angles, the speech sets out a sketch of the FCA’s vision for the UK asset management regime going forward, and includes some helpful clarity for the industry about the direction of regulatory reform.  The speech highlights in particular the following priorities for reform: 

  • ensuring a more proportionate approach to the regulation of AIFMs;
  • updating the retail funds regime; and
  • supporting technological innovation in the sector.

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Caitlin McErlane is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Financial Services & Regulatory Group in the London office. Caitlin's practice focuses on advising a range of global financial institutions on complex and high value regulatory matters. She advises banks, major corporates, payment institutions and asset managers on navigating UK and EU financial services regulation. She has particular experience in advising clients on regulatory implementation projects, day-to-day compliance issues, and regulatory issues arising in the context of large-scale transactions. She also expertise in the areas of banking and wholesale financial markets regulation, in particular in the FX and fixed income space, alongside experience advising market infrastructure providers, including major international exchanges, trading platforms, clearing systems and payment services providers, on a variety of compliance issues. Caitlin is also a member of the Baker's ESG and sustainability taskforce, and advises a range of clients on the drafting and implementation of ESG policies and the implications of becoming a signatory to the UNPRI and the Stewardship Code. Caitlin is an authority on regulatory reforms in the sustainability space and sits on a number of trade association working groups. She has recently been interviewed by Climate Action on her work and is a frequent speaker on the subject.

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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. He also advises on contentious matters, including investigations and enforcement proceedings brought by financial regulators, internal regulatory investigations and financial services disputes. Shaneil recently spent time on secondment to the London branch of a global investment bank and to Baker McKenzie in Hong Kong.

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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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