Laven can help your firm in becoming independently authorised with the FCA by assisting with the preparation and submission of the application. If your firm is already authorised and wants to change or add to its regulated activities, we can assist you with filing for a Variation of Permission (VoP).
We adopt a pragmatic, methodical and efficient approach to the FCA Authorisation process by investing time in getting to know the client and fully understanding their business, which enables the application process to be progressed quickly and efficiently.
Laven’s in-depth understanding of the UK regulatory requirements, including expertise in both MiFID and AIFMD, enables the team to tailor each application to the client’s specific circumstance.
Laven can also assist firms who are already regulated by the FCA and are looking to adjust their regulatory permissions to align with new or changing business activities. For example, a firm that qualifies as a sub-threshold AIFM will need to file a Variation of Permission (VoP) form with the regulator in order to become an authorised full-scope. As part of the application process, Laven will assist clients with the preparation and implementation of AIFMD-compliant policies for the following functions:
The preparation of the FCA Authorisation for firms can take a few weeks depending on how promptly we receive the necessary information from you. Please note that FCA Authorisation is typically granted within 6-9 months from the date that the application is submitted. If you are looking to get to market quicker than the 6-9 month time frame, Laven can assist with hosting you under our regulatory umbrella in the interim.
Following a firm’s successful FCA authorisation, Laven can assist clients with ongoing FCA compliance support to ensure UK regulatory compliance as an independent firm. We look to offer a bespoke compliance service that is tailored to your ongoing requirements, which can include the following:
The Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) is a fundamental piece of payments-related legislation in Europe that came into force on the 13th January 2018.
Our consultants are well-informed on the intricacies of PSD2 and the Payment Services Regulation 2017. We remain up-to-date on developments in payments and the FinTech space, enabling us to provide tailored advice and assistance in preparing firms for authorisation, re-authorisation, registration and re-registration.