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  1. Legal news
    05 February 2021
    The FCA consults on changes to Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) rules, SCA transaction thresholds for contactless payments and its guidance on payment services and electronic money
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2021/global/the-fca-consults-on-changes-to-strong-customer-authentication

    On 28 January 2020, the FCA published a consultation paper CP21/3 (Consultation Paper) setting out proposed changes to the SCA-RTS, the guidance in the FCA’s approach document (Approach Document) and the Perimeter ...

  2. Legal news
    17 February 2021
    Employer salary advance schemes to be closely monitored by the FCA
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2021/global/employer-salary-advance-schemes-to-be-closely-monitored-by-the-fca

    Employer salary advance schemes (ESAS) are becoming increasingly popular in the payments sector. Much of the public focus of the review carried out by Christopher Woolard published on 2 February 2021 (the Woolard ...

  3. Legal news
    25 June 2019
    Strong Customer Authentication (SCA): EBA Opinion allows for more time, and provides more clarity on the various SCA elements
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/global/the-opinion-of-the-eba-on-the-elements-of-sca

    On 21 June 2019, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published another Opinion on the updated Payment Services Directive (PSD2) and in particular its provisions on Strong Customer Authentication (SCA)

  4. Legal news
    25 July 2019
    Some key topics under PSD2: open banking, strong customer authentication, and the platform/commercial agent exemption
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/global/some-key-topics-under-psd2

    The second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) updates the original Payment Services Directive (PSD1) which dates back from 2007. In this article, we will discuss the most important changes in- troduced by PSD2 and the ...

  5. Legal news
    07 December 2020
    Dutch competition authority launches investigation into NFC antenna
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/netherlands/dutch-competition-authority-launches-investigation-into-nfc-antenna

    Following an investigation into the role of major technology firms (Big techs) in the Dutch payment market (see our alert here), the ACM has announced a competition law investigation into payment apps’ access to the ...

  6. Legal news
    03 December 2020
    Dutch regulator calls for tighter regulation of Big Techs in payment market study
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/netherlands/dutch-regulator-calls-for-tighter-regulation-of-big-techs-in-payment-market-study

    On 1 December 2020, the Dutch competition authority (ACM) published its long-awaited report on the role of major technology firms (Big Techs) in the payment market. The publication of the report was expected in the ...

  7. Legal news
    05 February 2020
    PSD2 and limited network exclusion (e.g. gift cards): by 30 April 2020, issuers of payment instruments covered by the limited network exclusion shall fulfil their reporting obligation towards Bank of Italy
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/italy/psd2-and-limited-network-exclusion-by-30-april-2020-issuers-of-payment-instruments

    Regulation issued by Bank of Italy on 11 October 2018 ("Regulation") – implementing certain provisions of the Directive (EU) 2015/2366 ("PSD2") and Legislative Decree 15 December 2017, n. 218 – introduced the obligation ...

  8. Legal news
    23 June 2020
    Tax credit on commissions related to electronic payments: Revenue Agency and Bank of Italy Regulations
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/italy/tax-credit-on-commissions-related-to-electronic-payments

    As part of the so-called Italian Budget Law 2020, the Government has introduced measures to promote the use of non-cash means of payment.

  9. Legal news
    22 May 2020
    The French competition authority launches a public consultation on the fintech sector
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/france/the-french-competition-authority-launches-a-public-consultation-on-the-fintech-sector

    In parallel to the two consultations launched by the European Commission (EC) at the beginning of April 2020 on digital finance strategy/FinTech and retail payments the French Competition Authority (FCA) has just ...