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As 2021 comes into view, what can we expect to be at the top of regulators’ agendas? As well as continuing priorities like sustainability, innovation and consumer protection, we think prudential reform will be a key issue in 2021, along with the reshaping of the UK regulatory landscape beyond Brexit. We’re delighted to share our predictions in our briefing What does 2021 hold?, which explores regulatory hot topics for financial institutions to watch in 2021.

In its first enforcement action for a breach of the Short Selling Regulation (SSR), the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has imposed a fine of £873,118 on Asia Research and Capital Management Ltd (ARCM). The fine relates to ARCM’s failure to notify the FCA and to disclose to the public its net short position in Premier Oil plc, as required under the SSR. In our latest briefing, we explore the nature of ARCM’s breaches leading to the enforcement action, and discuss key learning points for firms going forward.