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ESMA Releases Long-Awaited Third-Country Draft Rules

ESMA this week published its final report containing draft rules for third-country firms providing investment services in the EU under the MIFIR and MiFID II regimes. The document should provide some long-awaited clarity around the ability of third-country firms to operate in Europe – including, of course, the UK, upon its final departure from the…

Are the Complexities of the New IFR Regime to Investment Firms as Kryptonite is to Superman?

By Richard Moss, Global Product Manager, Capital, AxiomSL. Even though investment firms have very different primary business models and risk profiles as opposed to lending institutions, to date, for regulatory purposes many have been considered credit institutions and accordingly report under the Basel-driven capital requirements regulation (CRR). The CRR approach is too broad to effectively…

FCA: UK Banks Are Failing in Their AML Approach

UK banks are not taking anti-money laundering controls seriously enough, with some still viewing AML protections as unnecessary. This was the concern raised by Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) director of enforcement and market oversight Mark Steward, speaking to reporters at the FCA annual public meeting last week – and the regulator is ready to crack…

Build vs buy? It’s already too late

By Sylvain Thieullent, CEO of Horizon Software. After a prolonged period of firefighting to solve problems right up until deadline day, the industry could be forgiven for thinking that their MiFID II worries were now behind them. However, over two years on from implementation day, the market may have to brace itself for further changes to…

New Solutions Emerge to Help Firms Address SRD2 Issues

A surge of new solutions is emerging to help firms meet the data challenges of Shareholder Rights Directive II (SRD2), which came into force on September 3, 2020 despite pleas from the industry for a delay due to Covid-19 pressures. “We ask you to consider, as a matter of urgency, a delay in the implementation…

VP Bank Taps AxiomSL for Multi-Jurisdictional Reporting

VP Bank, one of Liechtenstein’s largest banks, is planning to consolidate its risk and regulatory reporting using AxiomSL’s ControllerView platform as the foundation for compliance across its key centres of operation: Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Singapore and Switzerland. The bank expects to leverage the implementation to launch a strategic expansion in these areas. Regulatory reporting is emerging…

Fenergo Said to Be Mulling IPO as Rumours of Sale Swirl

Following the success of VC stablemate NCino’s $250 million IPO back in June, rumours are swirling that Dublin-based client lifecycle management specialist Fenergo may be contemplating a significant corporate event, with possibilities ranging from an IPO of its own to a trade sale of the company. While sources close to the company are hinting that…

LIBOR is Ending – But Most Firms Aren’t Ready, Finds Numerix

The decommission of LIBOR is making a huge imprint on the global financial services sector. The transition from LIBOR to alternative reference rates could be the largest financial engineering project the world has ever seen. So what are financial institutions are doing to prepare for the switch to alternative reference rates, and how far along…

CSS’s Amfine Purchase Completes End-to-End Reporting Capability

New York-based Compliance Solutions Strategies’ (CSS) acquisition of Amfine, a European provider of SaaS-based reporting for investment managers, fills a gap in the firm’s regulatory reporting solution lineup and allows it for the first time to offer end-to-end compliance for fund managers and insurers. With the all-cash acquisition complete – terms weren’t disclosed – the…

AI and its Impact on the Future of Regulatory Compliance

By Jordan Domash, General Manager, Relativity Trace. Over the last 10 years, the term artificial intelligence (AI) has turned into a dinner table conversation topic despite the fact that most people cannot accurately define what AI is even in simple terms or truly understand all the possibilities of the technology. AI doesn’t need to be…