On June 12, 2015, the Financial Conduct Authority published its Policy Statement and final rules on the restrictions on the retail distribution of contingent convertible securities, known as CoCos, and mutual society shares. The FCA announced a temporary ban on the retail distribution of CoCos, which entered into force on October 1, 2014. The final permanent rules restricting distribution of CoCos to retail clients will come into effect on October 1, 2015 and the rules on mutual society shares will come into effect on July 1, 2015.

The FCA’s Policy Statement is available at: http://www.fca.org.uk/static/documents/policy-statements/ps15-14.pdf