The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission have signed an arrangement to collaborate and support innovative firms through each other’s financial technology (FinTech) initiatives— LabCFTC and FCA Innovate.
“As our first agreement of this kind with a U.S. regulator, we look forward to working with LabCFTC in assisting firms, both here in the U.K. and in the U.S., who want to scale and expand internationally in our respective markets,” FCA Chief Executive Andrew Bailey said in a statement. As part of this arrangement, the FCA and the CFTC will host a joint event in London to demonstrate how firms can engage with both regulators, he said.
“This is the first FinTech innovation arrangement for the CFTC with a non-U.S. counterpart,” said CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo. “We believe that by collaborating with the best-in-class FCA FinTech team, the CFTC can contribute to the growing awareness of the critical role of regulators in 21st century digital markets.”
The Cooperation Arrangement on Financial Technology Innovation (FinTech Arrangement) focuses on information-sharing regarding FinTech market trends and developments. It also facilitates referrals of FinTech companies interested in entering the others’ market, and sharing information and insight derived from each authority’s relevant sandbox, proof of concept, or innovation competitions.
The Fintech Arrangement follows the creation of FCA Innovate in October 2014 and LabCFTC in May 2017. Among other activities, these initiatives were set up to help businesses with innovative ideas navigate the regulatory landscape and engage with the regulator. To date, the FCA’s Innovation Hub has supported over 500 businesses and the authorization of 43 businesses. LabCFTC has engaged with over 150 entities since its launch last year, published its first primer on the topic of virtual currencies, and soon will seek public feedback on a planned 2018 innovation competition.
The FinTech Arrangement supports both regulators’ efforts to facilitate responsible FinTech innovation and ensure international collaboration on emerging regulatory best practices.