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Dear CEO | Release Date: 1st March 2024

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Short Summary

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has updated the supervisory strategy for the Asset Management and Alternatives sector, building on earlier communications from August 2022 and February 2023. This update highlights the evolving risk environment and upcoming areas of regulatory focus, acknowledging that adjustments may be needed due to unforeseen events.

In 2023, asset managers faced market challenges, leading to varied responses like cost-cutting and consolidation while exploring new opportunities. Despite some positive signs, the sector continues to operate in a volatile geopolitical and economic landscape, impacting business models and customer outcomes.

The FCA’s key areas of focus include:

Firms are advised to assess these areas within their operations and take necessary actions to align with the FCA’s expectations. The letter calls for proactive engagement from firms’ Boards and Senior Managers to ensure compliance and mitigate risks, underlining the FCA’s commitment to sector integrity and consumer protection.

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