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Monday, 21 March 2016

Recent Changes to FCA Rules for P2P Lending Platforms

The FCA has announced some changes to rules on P2P lending (explained amongst other non-P2P changes here). Feedback on the prior consultation papers and final rules are here.

You should consult the listed FCA Handbook sections for the detailed changes, but in summary they are designed to: 
  • simplify client money requirements for P2P platform operators that hold money in relation to both regulated and unregulated peer-to-peer business which come into force immediately on 21 March, as they are helpful. The rule changes and related guidance are in: 
Glossary; SYSC 4; CASS 7; TP 1, Schs 1 and 2; SUP TP 1 
  • support the introduction of the Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) and new regulated activity of advising on P2P agreements, by clarifying the FCA’s expectations about standards for IFISA disclosures and establishing a regulatory regime for the provision of regulated advice on P2P agreements that reflects the recent changes to the Regulated Activities Order. The rule change come into force on 6 April 2016. The rule changes and related guidance are in: 
Glossary; SYSC 1 and 4; TC 2, App 1.1 and 4.1, TP 8; FEES 4; COBS 2, 4, 6, 9 and 14; CASS 7; SUP 10A, 12, 16, App 3; DISP 2; COLL 6; and PERG 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 10 and 13