Australian and UK financial regulators sign co-operation agreement
By Jim Bulling and Michelle Chasser
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have signed a co-operation agreement to promote fintech innovation. The agreement will make expansion into Australian and UK markets easier for growing fintech businesses.
Both ASIC and FCA have already established innovation hubs to assist fintech businesses with their regulatory obligations and encourage development of the industry. A referral mechanism has been created under the new agreement which allows ASIC to refer Australian fintech businesses wanting to enter the UK market to FCA and vice versa. Referred businesses will then receive the same support from the other country’s innovation hub as local businesses.
ASIC and FCA also undertake to share information about emerging market trends and developments, regulatory issues pertaining to innovation in financial services and referred businesses. Shared information will be valuable for developing fintech regulations.