Treating Customers Fairly and Handling Complaints in Investment and Banking Services
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Much of the focus of MiFID 2, the Insurance Distribution Directive and other modern regulation is on the fair treatment of customers. The handling of complaints marks out financial institutions as being concerned about their customers and keen to improve their own standards generally. MiFID 2 was the first general EU financial services directive to take the subject seriously and lay down, through its MiFID Org Regulations, some Europe-wide complaint rules. Now, the ESMA/EBA guidelines apply to Cyprus complaint handling well beyond banking and the EIOPA guidelines deal with insurance cases.
At the same time, Cyprus’ Financial Ombudsman is a decade old and has been quietly handling complaints from across the financial regulated sectors within the country, well beyond MiFID’s requirements. Regulated financial services businesses including insurers and deposit takers are all included.
This course benefits from being delivered by the
only author of major works on complaint handling who has written and lectured extensively on Treating Customers Fairly, and who has worked on all the different sides of the complaint handling process: bringing, responding to and investigating neutrally complaints.
By the end of the programme, participants should be able to:
Apply treating customers fairly notions to their business
Apply the MiFID Org Regulation provisions to complaints
Build and implement the basics of a complaints procedure and policy
Understand the complaints process from advance disclosure of the process to the closure of the case
Appreciate some of the root cause analysis techniques and their weaknesses
Reach fair results in relation to their products and services and complaints about them
Deal with a case at the Financial Ombudsman
Treating customers fairly in MiFID and Cypriot Law
Elements of a complaints process or procedure
Key EU and Cypriot legal provisions on treating customers fairly and complaint handling
Tasks covered by a complaints procedure
Building the procedure and drafting the policy
Advance disclosure of how to complain and the Ombudsman
Identification and recording of complaints
Investigation – who, what, how and the relationship to employment discipline
Assessment – standards to be applied
Drafting the final response
Managing threats of litigation
Applying treating customers fairly generally and to the merits of complaints
Core requirements of treating customers fairly
Grounds for uphold complaints – customer reasonable expectations, product or service of a reasonable standard
New areas for treating customers fairly
Root cause analysis
Identifying recurring and systemic problems
Root cause analysis techniques
Deciding what to do about a recurring or systemic problem
Initial or jurisdiction filter
Powers of the Ombudsman, recommendations and rejected decisions
This programme consists of an interactive presentation of the relevant rules and good practice with questions and comments to and from the participants, interrupted by a large number of practical examples, including the drafting of relevant documents including where time permits final responses.
This programme may be approved for up to 5 CPD units in Financial Regulation. Eligibility criteria and CPD Units are verified directly by your association, regulator or other bodies which you hold membership.
Professionals requiring CPD units to meet the education requirements for CySEC licence renewal, and/or for maintaining other professional memberships/certifications which accept CPD in Financial Regulation, are advised to consider training subjects in categories that indicate
CPD training in Financial Regulation.
Who Should Attend
The programme is ideal for:
Compliance Officers and staff
Customer relations and customer service staff