Articles by Huw Jones

Lawmaker Calls for UK to Uphold Financial Services Competitiveness After Brexit

Britain’s financial regulators should have a formal objective to keep London’s banking and insurance sectors globally competitive after Brexit, a senior lawmaker said on Thursday. The now defunct Financial Services Authority had a requirement to pay heed to competitiveness – …

UK Minister Vows Financial Services to Remain ‘National Priority’ After Brexit

Financial services will remain a “guiding light” for Britain’s economy after Brexit and there is no intention to “rip up the rulebook” to compete better as a top financial center, a government minister said on Tuesday. “My priority is to …

It’s Up to Insurers to Prevent Brexit Disruption of Policies, Warns EU Chief

There is no guarantee that Brexit won’t disrupt millions of insurance and derivative contracts and it is still up to firms to take preventive measures, the European Union’s financial services chief said on Thursday. Valdis Dombrovskis was asked by EU …

Insurers Advance Post-Brexit Hub Plans Despite Promises of Transition

Lloyd’s of London, AIG, Allianz and other insurers are ignoring assurances and establishing new hubs in Britain and the European Union before Brexit in March 2019 to ensure access to customers. The moves come despite a “standstill” transition agreement struck …

Lloyd’s to End Most Paper Trading by End of 2019

Most business on the Lloyd’s of London insurance market will be negotiated electronically by the end of next year, its chief executive Inga Beale said on Monday. The largest commercial insurance market in the world still runs a trading room …

EU Regulators Urge Insurers, Banks to Take ‘Timely Action’ to Avoid Brexit Disruption

European Union regulators urged banks, investors and customers on Thursday to take “timely action” to avoid disruption to cross-border derivatives and insurance contracts caused by Brexit. Britain leaves the EU in March 2019 and a “standstill” transition deal until the …

UK Regulator FCA Calls for Coordination with EU to Assure Smooth Brexit

Britain’s financial watchdog called on Monday for immediate coordination with European Union counterparts to ensure that Brexit is as smooth and stable as possible for markets. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has said financial firms should feel comfortable about relying …

Bank of England Will Soon Update Insurers, Banks on Latest Brexit Approach

The Bank of England said it would update banks and insurers next week on its approach to Brexit given that Britain and the European Union have now adopted a transition deal. “The Bank of England welcomes the EU Council’s conclusion …

UK Insurers, Banks Push Ahead with Relocating HQs – Despite Brexit Transition Deal

London-based banks and other financial firms won’t put their Brexit moves on hold despite a transition deal between Britain and the European Union as it lacks full legal certainty, industry officials said on Monday. Banks and insurers have said they …

UK Government, Regulators to Examine Potential Risks from Cryptocurrencies

Britain’s government and regulators will look in detail at the potential risks from cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, British junior finance minister John Glen said on Monday. Glen said there had been an “explosion of growth” in crypto assets like bitcoin, which …