On November 5, 2015, the Financial Conduct Authority published a consultation paper on proposals for necessary changes to the FCA Handbook that are required to implement the new Market Abuse Regulation. The consultation paper seeks views, amongst other things, on the different options for implementing the new regime in two areas, namely: (i) the requirement for issuers to provide an explanation for a delay in the disclosure of inside information under certain circumstances; and (ii) the threshold for disclosure of managers’ transactions for persons discharging managerial responsibilities within issuers. MAR replaces the Market Abuse Directive and will apply from July 3, 2016. Comments on the consultation are due by February 4, 2016.

The consultation is available at: http://www.fca.org.uk/static/fca/documents/consultation-papers/cp-15-35-mar.pdf.