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FCA issues secret warnings to financial bosses

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The FCA has sent warnings to 39 senior executives of financial services firms behind closed doors, with 14 still in authorised roles.

A Freedom of Information request by the Financial Times has revealed the use of “private warnings” against senior management, which includes 14 chief executives and three non-executive directors.

The FCA’s use of private warnings does not require a full regulatory investigation, but stays on the individual’s record. Those who are censured must disclose details of a private warning to a new employer.

The data covers the number of private warnings issued between 2011 and 2016. Use of the secret warnings spiked in 2012, when 21 senior bosses were rebuked out of a total of 64 private warnings. Many of these are said to relate to Libor rigging.

Individuals can challenge private warnings through the judicial review process, but this would make the warnings public.

The FCA says it is “reviewing its policy in relation to the use of private warnings and we will determine our approach to future use of this tool in light of responses to the consultation.”

Law firm CMS Cameron McKenna regulatory partner Simon Morris told the newspaper: “Private warnings are not a get-out-of-jail card. The FCA does not issue private warnings lightly. It’s an identification of serious failings.”


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There are 4 comments at the moment, we would love to hear your opinion too.

  1. It should be noted that said executives were also removed from the FCA Christmas card list which pained them no end Im sure

  2. ? not so secret then !

    You have been “black balled” …… its all a bit petty, and look at me I am the new milk monitor !

  3. James Robertson 6th March 2017 at 4:16 pm

    “Private warnings?” What about the requirement to deal with ones regulator in an “open and honest” manner – does it not work the other way. If these things are done behind closed doors, then one should first ask why? The more serious the failings then the more confidence in the financial system would be improved by the application of a little sunlight (maintenance of confidence in the financial services system is, or at least was, the FCA’s Prime Directive). If these are people employed by regulated firms and have a CF30-style role, then the public has the right to know. All the more so if any of the individuals concerned work for banks and the like which have ether been bailed-out by the taxpayer or benefit from an implicit public subsidy as being in the “too big to fail” category

  4. Isn’t this just supervision?? I wouldn’t expect the regulator to publish every single action it takes with every individual or firm – Does anyone want that?

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