Tracey McDermott

Tracey McDermott Appointed as FSA’s Permanent Director of Enforcement

The FSA has confirmed that Tracey McDermott, the FSA’s acting head of enforcement, will become the permanent director of enforcement and financial crime.

McDermott joined the FSA as an associate in enforcement 2001, and has been acting as director since April 2011.  During her time as acting head of enforcement, she has secured 10 convictions for insider dealing and imposed the largest FSA fine to date of £59.5 million on Barclays Bank plc for attempting to manipulate the LIBOR rate.

The FSA will divide into the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority in 2013.  McDermott’s role will transfer over to the Financial Conduct Authority.

Speech by Tracey McDermott on FCA’s Approach to Enforcement

On July 2, the FSA published a speech by Tracey McDermott, acting director of the FSA’s Enforcement and Financial Crime Division. The speech focused on credible deterrence and the approach that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will take to enforcement. Speech.

Ms. McDermott commented on the FCA that:

  • thematic and firm-specific supervisors will work in a more integrated way;
  • the focus will increasingly be on senior management who fail to recognise and manage risks and fail to control the way products are sold; and
  • it will have a low tolerance for repeat offenders.

The FSA also published a speech by Martin Wheatley, chief executive designate of the FCA. His speech emphasised that the FCA will continue the FSA’s policy of credible deterrence. Speech.