On December 10, 2015, the FCA published its thematic review on flows of confidential and inside information, presenting the results of an evaluation into how a sample of investment banks manage the confidential and inside information that they receive and generate. The review outlines good and poor practices mainly in the Debt Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions departments of small to medium investment firms and is aimed at all FCA-regulated firms to assist them in considering how efficient their procedures, systems and controls are. The review is aimed at senior managers as well as front office staff and all staff that make up the first, second and third lines of defense at UK firms that are FCA-regulated. Ultimate responsibility however remains with senior management and the FCA expects senior managers to be aware of their obligations and of the risks of handling confidential and inside information in an inappropriate way. The review states that all UK FCA-regulated firms should ensure that their arrangements are fit for purpose so that they meet the standards of the review, and make suitable improvements where necessary. These arrangements should be consistently reviewed from both a market abuse and conduct of business viewpoint, taking into account any new risks that may arise due to external factors such as market practices or macroeconomic issues.
The review is available at: http://www.fca.org.uk/static/fca/documents/thematic-reviews/tr-15-13.pdf.