On April 22, 2016, the Financial Conduct Authority published its proposed changes to the Decision Procedure and Penalties Manual and the Enforcement Guide for implementation of the Market Abuse Regulation. The MAR will apply directly across the EU from July 3, 2016. The FCA must amend and update its rules and guidance to bring them in line with MAR. The FCA's proposals are based on draft secondary legislation which HM Treasury is expected to lay before Parliament in the coming weeks. The draft secondary legislation will, amongst other things, amend the scope of the FCA's powers to impose financial penalties and public censure as well as giving the FCA additional powers to impose sanctions for breaches of MAR or any of its underlying legislation. The new powers include the power to prohibit an individual from carrying out a management function or dealing in financial instruments on their account. The FCA has already consulted on amendments to its Handbook, including the Market Conduct handbook and the disclosure and transparency rules. Policy statements on those proposals are expected soon. The current consultation closes on May 22, 2016. The FCA intends to publish the policy statement in June 2016.

The consultation paper is available at: http://www.fca.org.uk/static/documents/consultation-papers/cp16-13.pdf