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Regulatory Changes in Fintech: Navigating New Rules in the UK and USA

14 March 2024

The fintech sector, renowned for its rapid growth and innovation, faces significant regulatory changes in both the UK and the USA in 2024. These changes are designed to ensure consumer protection, enhance security, and foster a stable financial environment. However, they also present challenges that fintech companies must navigate carefully.

The Growth of Fintech

Fintech has seen remarkable growth over the past few years. In the UK, total fintech investment in 2023 was £9.75 billion, despite a 34% decline from the previous year. The sector continues to attract significant interest from private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) firms, with 456 deals completed in 2023 alone​ (KPMG)​. In the USA, fintech investments remained robust, accounting for £58.26 billion across 1,734 deals in 2023, highlighting the sector’s continued appeal to investors​ (KPMG)​.

Regulatory Changes in the UK

In the UK, 2024 brings several key regulatory developments:

  1. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Sustainable Disclosure Requirements (SDR): The FCA has introduced new rules requiring detailed disclosures for products labeled as sustainable, ensuring transparency and accountability. This aligns with global standards such as the EU’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR)​ (Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP)​.
  2. Crypto-Asset Regulations: The UK’s approach to regulating crypto-assets includes stricter anti-money laundering (AML) and know-your-customer (KYC) requirements, aiming to mitigate risks associated with digital currencies and enhance consumer protection​ (Moore Kingston Smith)​.
  3. Payment Services Directive (PSD3): Anticipated updates to the PSD3 will improve the digital financial services landscape and consumer safeguards, fostering a more secure and transparent payments environment​ (KPMG)​.

Regulatory Changes in the USA

In the USA, regulatory changes focus on enhancing transparency and consumer protection:

  1. Corporate Transparency Act (CTA): The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has introduced new Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) reporting rules, requiring financial institutions to revise their onboarding processes to comply with enhanced customer due diligence requirements​ (Fintech Global)​.
  2. AML and KYC Enhancements: Continued evolution of AML and KYC regulations aims to address the complexities of cross-border compliance and ensure robust measures against financial crimes​ (Fintech Global)​.
  3. Consumer Protection Emphasis: US regulators are expected to modernize several consumer-related regulations, including fair lending practices and open banking, to safeguard consumer interests while fostering innovation​ (Deloitte United States)​.

Balancing Regulation and Innovation

While these regulatory changes aim to create a safer and more transparent financial environment, they also pose challenges for fintech companies.

Arguments For Regulation:

  • Enhanced Security: Stricter regulations help protect against fraud and cyber threats, ensuring consumer data is secure.
  • Increased Trust: Transparency and accountability foster greater consumer and investor confidence in fintech services.
  • Market Stability: Regulations ensure a level playing field, preventing market manipulation and financial crises.

Arguments Against Regulation:

  • Innovation Constraints: Excessive regulation can stifle innovation, limiting the development of new fintech solutions.
  • Compliance Costs: The financial and administrative burden of compliance can be significant, especially for smaller fintech firms.
  • Competitive Disadvantage: Over-regulation may put domestic fintech companies at a disadvantage compared to their international counterparts.


Navigating the evolving regulatory landscape requires a strategic approach. Fintech companies must balance compliance with innovation, ensuring they meet regulatory standards while continuing to deliver cutting-edge financial solutions. For businesses and investors, staying informed about these changes is crucial to leveraging opportunities and mitigating risks in the dynamic fintech sector.

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