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Buy Now Pay Later - the next instalment……

Published on 24 June 2022. By Whitney Simpson, Of Counsel

Following the Woolard Review in February 2021, you may remember that HM Treasury published a consultation in October 2021 which closed on 6 January 2022. It set out proposals to extend regulation to unregulated Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) products. The consultation sought views on the scope of regulation in relation to the activities which should be regulated, and the regulatory controls applicable to these types of products. It also considered whether other forms of short-term interest free credit (STIFC) should be treated in the same way as BNPL.

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Money Mirror: Access to cash

Published on 24 March 2022. By Charles Buckworth, Partner and Whitney Simpson, Of Counsel and Leigh Gapinski, Associate

Welcome to Money Mirror. In the first episode, we explore the importance of access to cash.

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Operational Resilience - preparations for 31 March 2022

Published on 15 March 2022. By Whitney Simpson, Of Counsel and Leigh Gapinski, Associate

The deadline of 31 March 2022 is approaching when new rules on operational resilience come into force.

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Regulatory Initiative Grid sets out multi-regulator pipeline of planned/ongoing regulatory initiatives in the financial services market

Published on 04 November 2021. By Jon Bartley, Partner and Jonathan Charwat, Senior Associate and Whitney Simpson, Of Counsel

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At the beginning of the week, a number of UK regulators published this year's version of the 'Regulatory Initiatives Grid' which aims to provide a combined pipeline from a number of regulators on ongoing and planned regulatory initiatives affecting the financial services market. Regulators involved include, amongst others, the Financial Conduct Authority, Prudential Regulation Authority, Payments Systems Regulator and Information Commissioners Office.

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Regulatory Initiative Grid sets out multi-regulator pipeline of planned/ongoing regulatory initiatives in the financial services market

Published on 04 November 2021. By Jon Bartley, Partner and Jonathan Charwat, Senior Associate and Whitney Simpson, Of Counsel

At the beginning of the week, a number of UK regulators published this year's version of the 'Regulatory Initiatives Grid' which aims to provide a combined pipeline from a number of regulators on ongoing and planned regulatory initiatives affecting the financial services market. Regulators involved include, amongst others, the Financial Conduct Authority, Prudential Regulation Authority, Payments Systems Regulator and Information Commissioners Office.

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Buy Now Pay Later: What's coming down the line?

Published on 27 October 2021. By Whitney Simpson, Of Counsel and Nicole Clerk, Trainee Solicitor

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As part of a series of RPC events held during London Tech Week, Whitney Simpson, Senior Associate in the RPC Corporate team hosted a breakout discussion alongside Jourdain Tambo, Regulatory Director at the Compliance Company and Rolf Merchant, Head of Public Affairs at Innovate Finance to discuss the rise of Buy Now Pay Later and upcoming what is in store for that market.

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Buy Now Pay Later: What's coming down the line?

Published on 27 October 2021. By Whitney Simpson, Of Counsel and Nicole Clerk, Trainee Solicitor

As part of a series of RPC events held during London Tech Week, Whitney Simpson, Senior Associate in the RPC Corporate team hosted a breakout discussion alongside Jourdain Tambo, Regulatory Director at the Compliance Company and Rolf Merchant, Head of Public Affairs at Innovate Finance to discuss the rise of Buy Now Pay Later and upcoming what is in store for that market.

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Buy-Now-Pay-Later under the regulatory microscope

Published on 07 September 2021. By Whitney Simpson, Of Counsel and Harvey Briggs, Trainee Solicitor

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Growth in the Buy-Now-Pay-Later (BNPL) sector is showing no signs of slowing. Square's recent $29 billion acquisition of BNPL behemoth Afterpay being the latest signal that the market is on an upward trajectory. In 2020 alone over 10 million Brits used BNPL to purchase goods online, accounting for nearly 4% of online retail sales. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) found that usage had very nearly quadrupled to account for £2.7 billion of spending in 2020. Such popularity, particularly among Gen-Z and Millennials, spans the globe with American consumers spending an estimated $20 billion to $25 billion in 2020 by way of deferred payments.

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FCA guidance on cancellations and refunds

Published on 15 March 2021. By Whitney Simpson, Of Counsel

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COVID-19 disruption has caused an unprecedented number of cancellations of trips, holidays, and other events. On 2 April 2021, the temporary guidance which the FCA published in October 2020 setting out its expectations for insurance and card providers, is due to come to an end.

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