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Episode 77 — UK FinReg Focus Areas in 2024: Enforcement Against Individuals

March 6, 2024
Latham lawyers consider the rise in the FCA’s criminal enforcement actions against individuals, and whether we can expect to see further activity and cooperation between the FCA and other enforcement agencies in 2024.

In 2023, the FCA brought more charges for fraud offences against individuals than any other year in the regulator’s history, and secured several convictions related to fraudulent investment schemes. Yet while the FCA has signaled that economic crime is on its radar, recent years have been defined by relative inactivity, as the higher burden of proof for criminal convictions has resulted in fewer opened enforcement cases and extended investigations. Still, with new leadership appointments to the market oversight team and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UK Serious Fraud Office, individuals will look for the coming year to reveal if the FCA has become a more assertive regulator.

In this episode of Connected with Latham, the latest in a 10-part series complementing Latham’s “10 Key Focus Areas for UK-Regulated Financial Services Firms in 2024” report, London partners Rob Moulton and Pamela Reddy discuss why the FCA seems poised to act more collaboratively – and assertively – on enforcement against individuals going forward. They examine the regulator’s recent activity in criminal enforcement, why past investigations have been difficult to close, the potential impact of new leadership, and possible collaborations with other enforcement agencies.

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