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On 20 July 2020, HM Treasury published a consultation paper proposing to bring the promotion of certain types of cryptoasset within scope of the financial promotions restriction. The proposed changes, together with those proposed in the Treasury’s parallel consultation on the financial promotions approval regime would result in a significant expansion of the scope of the financial promotions regime.

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On 9 July 2020, the European Commission published a Communication to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions entitled “Getting ready for changes: Communication on readiness at the end of the transition period between the European Union and the United Kingdom”. The Communication aims to highlight the main areas of inevitable change and to facilitate readiness and preparations by stakeholders, especially in light of the Commission’s views that “[n]egotiations so far have shown little progress” and that “broad and far-reaching changes … will arise under any scenario”. The Communication raises some key points for UK financial services firms, which we highlight in our post.

On 3 July 2020, the FCA published a Decision Notice against Conor Foley, former WorldSpreads CEO, proposing to fine him £658,900 for market abuse and ban him from performing any roles linked to regulated activity. This decision highlights the FCA’s continued focus on market abuse cases involving market manipulation, and serves as a reminder that the FCA is determined to continue pursuing complex and difficult cases involving false and misleading statements.