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FSB Weighs In On Risks Inherent In Cloud Adoption For Financial Service

The rapid adoption of cloud computing and data services by financial institutions could raise new implications for financial stability, warns global regulatory body the Financial Stability Board (FSB) – including a lack of transparency when it comes to legal and regulatory compliance. A new report from the FSB released this week highlights potential issues for…

12 Days of Compliance

By Philip Naughton, Partner, ACA Compliance Group. On the first day of Christmas, the industry gave to me…. twelve recurring compliance issues Unfortunately, when it comes to compliance programmes this Christmas, UK financial services firms are still making the same errors, over and over again. Recent compliance reviews carried out by ACA Compliance on financial…

SMCR Now Underway – But Are Firms Ready?

Yesterday the Senior Managers and Certification Regime came into force for the asset management industry, bringing into the fold the remaining 47,000 FCA-regulated firms who must now start performing additional checks, providing formal statements and submitting data on appointed managers. But with some uncertainty around how strict the regulator will be in its approach to…

ESMA Finally Puts Its Foot Down on Consolidated Ticker Tape

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has bitten the bullet on a real-time consolidated ticker tape for European equities, following the failure of an industry-led solution to emerge. In a review of market data pricing published today, the regulator warns that market data costs under MiFID II are still too high, confirming plans to…

Firms Failing to Meet MiFID II Reporting Requirements – Vendors Can Help

We are almost two years on from MiFID II implementation and yet there are still gaping holes where firms continue to struggle with the burden of mandatory reporting requirements brought in by the regulation. Around 50% are not yet monitoring their reporting daily, according to the second annual MiFID II & Best Execution survey from…

Broadridge Uses Blockchain to Address European SRD II Compliance

With the Shareholder Rights Directive II (SRD II) regulatory compliance deadline fast approaching, intermediaries supporting institutional and/or retail clients face one of the biggest changes in European corporate governance in many years. And according to Broadridge, many businesses are not yet ready for the transition – which is expected to place considerable pressure both on…

US Banks Unprepared for California Consumer Privacy Act – What Can They Do?

By Edel Brophy, Global Regulatory Manager, Fenergo. Keeping up with compliance regulations across multiple jurisdictions can be tricky for financial institutions. Hugely ambitious, the ratification of the state law the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is one of the toughest challenges they’ve faced. With just one month to go, it’s therefore concerning that one third…

Singapore’s Tookitaki Drives Forward AI in Anti-Money Laundering

Enterprise software specialist Tookitaki closed its Series A Funding Round at $19.2 million last week, following a further $11.7 million injected in November. The latest round was co-led by venture funds Viola Fintech and SIG Asia Investment, along with Nomura Incubation Investment. They join existing investors including Illuminate Financial, Jungle Ventures and SEEDs Capital, an…

As Clock Ticks on SM&CR, FCA Looks to Extend Coverage to Benchmark Administrators

There is only a week to go until the final SM&CR deadline on December 9, by which time all remaining FCA-regulated firms (including asset managers, brokers and trading firms) will have to comply with the new rules – and start submitting data to the new FCA Directory. But as crunch time catches up with the…

Saxo Bank Japan Migrates from Legacy Ledger to Torstone Cloud Solution

Saxo Bank Japan is replacing its legal ledger legacy system with Torstone Technology’s Inferno cloud-based solution and has gone live with the first phase of migration. The bank is making the replacement to support regulatory reporting on the cloud for existing and new equity business. Using Inferno, Saxo Bank Japan is able to reduce operational…