This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This order brings into force various provisions of the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (the FMCA) and the Financial Markets (Repeals and Amendments) Act 2013 (the FMRAA) on 1 April 2014 as part of the first implementation stage of that legislation.
It is anticipated that, as part of the second implementation stage, the rest of the substantive parts of the FMCA and the FMRAA will come into force on 1 December 2014.
In summary, the following provisions come into force on 1 April 2014:
Part 1 of the FMCA (preliminary provisions):
Part 2 of the FMCA (fair dealing), other than the provisions that relate to unsubstantiated representations and offers in the course of unsolicited meetings. The unsubstantiated representations provisions will come into force on 17 June 2014 to coincide with the commencement of similar provisions in the Fair Trading Act 1986 (which were inserted by the Fair Trading Amendment Act 2013). The associated amendments to the Fair Trading Act 1986 in the FMRAA also come into force on 1 April 2014:
most of Part 6 of the FMCA (licensing and other regulation of market services). The provisions that will not come into force on 1 April 2014 include the requirement for various market service providers to hold a licence and provisions relating to the regulation of discretionary investment management services. The commencement of various provisions of Part 6 on 1 April 2014 will allow the Financial Markets Authority to receive and consider applications for licences and to grant licences before the main substantive provisions come into force in the second implementation stage. In addition, the exclusion for offers through crowd funding services and peer-to-peer lending services (which will apply from 1 April 2014 under transitional arrangements) will require the providers of these prescribed intermediary services to hold a licence under these provisions:
Part 7 of the FMCA (financial reporting). The Part 7 that comes into force on 1 April 2014 is inserted into the FMCA by the Financial Reporting (Amendments to Other Enactments) Act 2013. See sections 55 and 56 of the Financial Reporting Act 2013 for transitional arrangements:
most of the provisions of Part 8 of the FMCA (enforcement, liability, and appeals). These provisions will come into force to allow for the enforcement of the substantive provisions of the FMCA that come into force on 1 April 2014:
various exclusions in Schedule 1 of the FMCA and clause 59 of Schedule 4 of that Act (and various associated transitional provisions). Clause 59 provides for an additional Securities Act 1978 exemption based on these exclusions in Schedule 1 that will come into force on 1 April 2014. The exemption is to the effect that nothing in Part 2 of the Securities Act 1978 applies in respect of a financial product if the offer of the product would not require disclosure under the FMCA as a result of these exclusions:
various amendments to the Financial Advisers Act 2008 in the FMRAA relating to custodian obligations and regulation-making powers:
various amendments to the Financial Markets Authority Act 2011 in the FMRAA, including provisions relating to undertakings and the Financial Markets Authority's functions:
various amendments to the Companies Act 1993 and the Takeovers Act 1993 in the FMRAA that relate to court banning orders (allowing those orders to be permanent or to apply for any period specified in the order).
See also the Financial Reporting Legislation Commencement Order 2014. This order brings into force on 1 April 2014 most of the provisions of the Financial Reporting Act 2013 and the Financial Reporting (Amendments to Other Enactments) Act 2013 (including amendments to the FMCA).
Date of notification in Gazette: 27 February 2014.
This order is administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.