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February 2017

Interest rate rise would mean over 18,000 extra insolvencies by 2020

Government calculations have forecast an additional 18,000 people will go insolvent by 2020 should interest rates rise just 1%.

What scope for corporate governance reform?

Could corporate governance in the UK be improved? If so, how? The Government is seeking opinions in its Green Paper on Corporate Governance Reform.

1,800 UK hotel companies are at risk of going bust

The advantages of the fall in the value of sterling post-Brexit may not be able to overcome the other strong headwinds the sector faces, resulting in 1,800 UK hotel companies having at least a 30% chance of going insolvent within the next three years.

MiFID II authorisations gateway

The FCA announced the opening of the MIFID II authorisations gateway on 30 January. It is thought that around 600 applications will be submitted over the coming months including new applications for authorisation of organised trading facilities, commodities dealers and data reporting service providers. Similarly, variations of permissions and notifications from existing firms that require a change of permission or passporting rights are expected.