Regulatory / Legal Lobbying
The FOA addresses international, European and domestic regulatory policy, rules and procedures to the extent that they affect the wholesale markets/derivatives business carried on by its members. This involves the development of position papers, guidance documentation, active lobbying and individual briefings. In carrying out this function, the FOA is supported by a number of practitioner-based standing committees and working groups.
For further information on the FOA’s regulatory/legal activities, please see Regulation.
The FOA holds complimentary fora, seminars and roundtables on a regular basis for member firm employees. These address topical issues via presentations and/or discussions with specialists drawn from leading law firms, consultancy firms, regulators or senior industry figures.
These meetings tend to focus primarily on legal and compliance, clearing/operations, new product launches, energy and power trading issues.
The FOA offers its members two "helpline" services:
Compliance & Business Support
The FOA offers this confidential "helpline" service whereby it will provide assistance on regulatory matters including:
- Acting as a go-between on sensitive issues on a "no-name" basis where a member needs information or opinions from exchanges or regulators
- Seeking specific information about regulatory/commercial constraints in dealing in or into other jurisdictions
For further information please email David Stuart or telephone +44 (0)20 7090 1340
Joint Money Laundering Steering Group Helpdesk
Along with an annual publication and the periodical InfoNet magazine available in print and soft copy, FOA also develops guidelines to help firms navigate their way through their regulatory obligations successfully.
Operational Member Services
The FOA helps reduce members' costs through initiatives that involve the pooling of members’ resources in order to meet regulatory requirements and/or common commercial objectives such as facilitating commercial dealings or addressing areas of risk.
Currently these services include subscriptions to the following documentation libraries:
Client Terms of Business Library
The FOA holds a number of high profile events which are suitable for corporate entertaining or promotional activities.
A mainstay of the F&O space - InfoNet is an opinion-forming forum for the Futures and Options industry.
International Derivatives Week featuring IDX Expo
The main annual industry conference and exhibition event – and the Gala Charity Dinner – in conjunction with FIA.
The Mansion House City Debate
A black-tie dinner at the Mansion House followed by a university style debate featuring leading business and political figures.
Power Trading Dinner
The annual dinner for the energy and power business community.
For more information on FOA events, email Bernadette Connolly or telephone +44 (0)20 7090 1334.