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The Spanish Government recently issued a new royal-decree with the aim of protecting retail potential investors in digital financial instruments and assets (Royal Decree). This seeks to counter the increase of mass-market advertising campaigns in relation to the selling of crypto-assets, including bitcoin and other assets using Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) targeted at the Spanish market.

In a speech delivered on 17 March 2021 for the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter Annual Review Launch 2021, FCA CEO Nikhil Rathi sent a warning to the financial services industry that diversity and inclusion should form a core part of firm and senior management culture, and that the regulator will start taking action where it fails to see improvements made.