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Monday, 11 July 2016

FCA Calls For Input On #P2Plending and #CrowdInvestment Rules

It's been two years since the FCA created specific rules governing peer-to-peer lending and crowd-investment in securities, and the FCA promised a review of those rules in 2016. That review has just begun with a call for input closing on 8 September. 

This comes at an important time for the industry, as the FCA's report reveals that it has only processed 9 of 97 applications for authorisation by P2P lending platforms (44 of which operate under a two year old interim permission) and only 9 firms have been authorised to join the 25 firms that were operating in the crowd-investment market during the FCA's interim review in 2015. This shows that the FCA authorisation process, and regulation itself, are significant 'choke points' in the development of innovative financial services, notwithstanding firm support for the sector from the Treasury and strong growth in supply and demand from consumers and small businesses on existing platforms. 

It remains to be seen whether the FCA will further complicate life for crowdfunding entrepreneurs and their customers or clear the regulatory path to facilitate the growth of alternatives to the declining supply of bank finance, likely to worsen post-Brexit...