The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has completed a hat trick of FinTech cooperation agreements with Hong Kong regulators by signing an agreement with the Hong Kong Insurance Authority (IA). This adds to those agreements already signed by the FCA with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) on which we have blogged in previous posts.
Swiss and Israeli financial regulators entered into a FinTech cooperation agreement on 4 September. The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), the Israeli Capital Markets Insurance and Savings Authority (CMISA) and the Israel Securities Authority (“ISA”) intend to cooperate with the aim of encouraging and enabling innovation in their respective financial services industries and of supporting financial innovators in complying with the regulations in each other’s jurisdictions.
The agreement sets out existing activities in the FinTech regulatory space by each regulator. The new cooperation will include information sharing (including on regulatory issues), support to financial innovators from the other’s country (including help to understand the relevant regulatory environment), dialogue on new innovations and knowledge and expertise sharing.
On 28 August, the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong entered into a co-operation agreement to establish a framework for mutual assistance to keep abreast of the development and application of FinTech in their jurisdictions. Under the agreement, the SFC and the DFSA will cooperate on information sharing, potential innovation projects and referrals of innovative firms seeking to enter one another’s markets.
The agreement follows the launch of:
- the SFC’s FinTech Contact Point in March 2016 to enhance communication with businesses involved in the development and application of FinTech and RegTech in Hong Kong. Its purposes is to facilitate the FinTech and RegTech community’s understanding of the current regulatory regime in Hong Kong and to enable the SFC to stay up to date with industry developments; and
- the DFSA’s regulatory FinTech regime (see some of our earlier posts on FinTech in Dubai – crowdfunding, accelerator and innovation testing licences)
FinTech companies and other innovative financial businesses will be given help to establish overseas operations in the UK and Hong Kong by regulators in those countries under a new cooperation agreement signed in London on 9 December 2016. Under the agreement, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) will “refer to each other innovator businesses that would like to operate in the other authority’s jurisdiction”.
Upon a referral being received, the FCA or HKMA both intend to “assist the innovator businesses in understanding the regulatory regime” that they oversee and explain “how such regimes may be relevant” to those companies. The agreement also confirms that the FCA and HKMA intend to “share information about innovations in financial services in their respective markets”, such as on emerging trends and regulatory issues pertaining to innovation. The FCA and HKMA may also pursue “joint innovation projects on the application of novel financial technologies”, share expertise and knowledge, and facilitate staff secondments to one another, under the new cooperation agreement.
The UK Government has announced a new “FinTech Bridge” to help UK FinTech firms and investors access the Asian market and expand to Singapore, as well as attracting Singaporean FinTech companies and investors to the UK.
The launch on 11 May 2016 included the signing of a regulatory cooperation agreement between the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (“MAS”). The agreement will enable the regulators to refer FinTech firms to their counterparts across the globe. It also sets out how the regulators plan to share and use information on financial services innovation in their respective markets.