Financial Services – EU firms setting up in the UK

by | Mar 30, 2021

We reported back in February that the EU had not yet granted the UK financial services industry “Equivalence”.

Equivalence is a system which can be used to grant domestic market access to foreign firms in certain areas of financial services. It’s based on the principle that the countries where they are based have regimes which are ‘equivalent’ in outcome. The EU has not yet reached a decision regarding the UK and requires more information on what the UK will be doing in the future.

As a result UK firms do not have access to EU customers and vice versa. So it is interesting to note that over 1,000 EU finance firms are looking to open UK offices to get access to the UK market. These include banks and insurance companies.  

Financial services regulatory consultants Bovill report that 1,500 regulated EU firms have applied for temporary permissions to continue operating in the UK and around two thirds had no physical presence in the UK before Brexit. The highest number of applications came from companies in Ireland, France and Germany.

This report suggests London will remain a key global financial centre and this is welcome news for advisers, professional firms, other supporting businesses in the UK. See:

Our view is that regulatory equivalence decisions would benefit businesses on both sides of the channel, and we hope an agreement can be found sooner rather than later.

For further information on how we help overseas business set up in the UK or how we help set up foreign subsidiaries please contact us on 020 7330 0000.

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