We highlight the key milestones to come.
- Formal consultation on three earlier exposure drafts is nearing completion, and MBIE is now working to compile the full set of FMC regulations.
- Cabinet will make further policy decisions soon, and MBIE will provide a further update at that point.
- MBIE plans to publish a near-final version of the FMC Regulations before the election, to assist planning by industry, with the final regulations to be made in October 2014 ahead of the 1 December 2014 commencement.
- FMA recently advised it plans to consult on exemptions and guidance for offers in August 2014.
Summary of timetable for implementation
|1 April 2014||Phase 1 of FMCA commenced comprising general fair dealing obligations and the key growth-focussed initiatives (same class offers, employee share schemes, crowd-funding)|
|1 December 2014||FMCA fully commences, comprising the new disclosure requirements, go-live of the online registers, licensing obligations and the remainder of the Act|
|by 1 June 2015||Existing DIMS providers may apply for a licence, and will have until 1 December 2015 to update their client documentation. New providers will need to comply from 1 December 2014|
|December 2015||Transitional period ends for most equity, debt issuers|
|December 2016||Transitional period ends for managed investment products, non-bank deposit takers, other continuous issuers of securities, and futures contracts|
New KiwiSaver schemes and superannuation schemes must register under the FCMA and comply with the new regime from 1 December 2014.
Appendix: Overview of the key elements of the full FMC Regulations
Part 1 – Preliminary provisions
Part 2 – Fair dealing (part 2 of first exposure draft of regulations)
Part 3 – Disclosure of offers of financial products
- Disclosure process (part 3 of first exposure draft of regulations)
- Disclosure content (part 1 of third exposure draft of regulations)
Part 4 – Governance of financial products (part 4 of second exposure draft of regulations)
Part 5 – Dealing in financial products of markets (part 5 of second exposure draft of regulations)
Part 6 – Licensing and other regulation of market services
- Disclosure obligations for discretionary investment management services (DIMS supplement to third exposure draft of regulations)
Disclosure obligations for peer-to-peer and crowd funding services (part 4 of phase 1 regulations)
- Conduct obligations for discretionary investment management services (part 6 of second exposure draft of regulations)
Part 7 – Financial Reporting (part 5 of phase 1 regulations)
Part 8 – Enforcement, liability, and appeals (part 6 of phase 1 regulations)
Part 9 – Mutual recognition and miscellaneous matters (part 2 of third exposure draft regulations)
Transitional provisions (part 7 of phase 1 regulations, but modifications and additions will be required, DIMS supplement to third exposure draft)
- Disclosure schedules for financial products and discretionary investment management services (Schedules in third exposure draft of regulations and DIMS supplement)
- Limited disclosure schedule and other provisions for Schedule 1 of Act (Schedule 1 of first exposure draft of regulations and phase 1 regulations. Note that some of this schedule was commenced in phase 1 of the regulations (eg, exemption for small offers), but other provisions, particularly those requiring disclosure documents, were held over to commence in phase 2 eg, requirements for a "Schedule 1 disclosure document" for government bonds.)
- Other schedules for governance (Schedules in second exposure draft of regulations)
- Other schedules for financial product markets (Schedules in second exposure draft of regulations)
Other schedules for enforcement (Schedules in phase 1 regulations)
The information in this article is for informative purposes only and should not be relied on as legal advice. Please contact Chapman Tripp for advice tailored to your situation.