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UK FCA to Probe the Use of NDAs to Conceal Misconduct

UK FCA to Probe the Use of NDAs to Conceal Misconduct

by Starling Insights

Starling Insights Editorial Board

Feb 01, 2024


The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has unveiled plans to investigate sexual harassment and bullying complaints in the financial industry. As reported by Laura Noonan of the Financial Times, the exercise will include a particular focus on the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to conceal misconduct.

Sarah Pritchard, Executive Director for Markets and International at the FCA, revealed the regulator's intensified efforts before Parliament's Treasury Select Committee earlier this month. In a hearing relating to the Comittee's "Sexism in the City" inquiry, Pritchard explained that financial firms will be asked to provide data on the number of non-financial misconduct complaints in their businesses, and how those issues are detected and resolved.

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