A new environment

Author: | Published: 27 Mar 2017

Anne-Marie Bohan of Matheson surveys the current legal landscape in Ireland for fintech and looks at some of the latest regulatory developments


Overview of regulated business practices

The Central Bank of Ireland is the regulatory body for all regulated financial services under Irish law. Most financial firms and services regulation in Ireland originates from EU law. The following are the main categories of financial firms and services that are regulated under Irish law - it is an offence to carry out any of these regulated services or businesses without authorisation of the Central Bank (subject to applicable EU passporting rules):

electronic money (e-money) issuance and services; payment services under the Payment Services Directive (PSD); banking services (essentially deposit taking) and credit institutions; mortgage credit intermediaries under the EU (Consumer Mortgage Credit Agreements) Regulations 2016); Markets in Financial Services Directive (Mifid) firms and services; investment funds and management of investment funds; investment business and investment...



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