On March 16, 2015, the Prudential Regulation Authority and Financial Conduct Authority jointly published a consultation paper on strengthening accountability in banking, setting out the PRA and FCA’s proposed plans for extending and tailoring the Senior Manager’s Regime, Certification Regime and Conduct Rules to UK branches of nonEEA institutions. The proposals include: (i) incoming non-EEA branches to have their most senior individual approved by the PRA; (ii) senior managers of incoming branches to be subject to a set of PRA responsibilities which reflect areas subject to UK regulation; and (iii) for the scope of the PRA’s certification regime for incoming non-EEA branches to be identical to that of UK firms. The new Senior Managers and Certification Regime will apply from March 7, 2016. Comments on the consultation may be submitted until May 25, 2015.

The consultation is available at: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/pra/Documents/publications/cp/2015/cp915.pdf.