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Consultants Greenbirch Aims to Guide Firms on Cloud Strategy

With the coronavirus pandemic having firmly fixed cloud on the agenda of trading technologists across the board, a group of London market consultants has launched Greenbirch, which is offering financial institutions guidance on their cloud strategies. According to Alex Wolcough, the former Appbroker consultant behind the Greenbirch initiative, the company plans to help financial firms…

COVID-19: Regulator Round-up (14 April)

In these days of unprecedented economic pressure and accompanying financial volatility, regulators around the world are realigning their priorities and rapidly shifting their strategies to support institutions through the ongoing crisis. In this regular weekly feature, we keep you up to date on the latest regulatory news, responses and approaches – from deadline delays to…

DRW Adopts OpenGamma’s Analytics

DRW, a major global principal trading firm, will use OpenGamma’s analytics in its treasury function to manage derivatives margin. DRW chose the software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution as it seeks to expand its treasury capabilities in response to regulations such as Uncleared Margin Rules (UMR). The regulations require any trading strategy that uses leverage to optimize and…

Creator of SOTERIA Branches Out with New Agnostic Audio Assurance Offering, as Regulatory Focus Sharpens

Insightful Technology, the RegTech specialist most recently known for creating Communication compliance and surveillance SaaS solution, SOTERIA, has spread its wings today with the launch of the first agnostic stand-alone product outside of the core offering. Audio Assure, a solution that enables automated and accurate audio testing, as well as the monitoring of line operations…

COVID-19: Regulatory Response (6 April)

In these days of unprecedented economic pressure and accompanying financial volatility, regulators around the world are realigning their priorities and rapidly shifting their strategies to support institutions through the ongoing crisis. In this regular weekly feature, we keep you up to date on the latest regulatory news, responses and approaches – from deadline delays to…

ESMA Relaxes Best Execution Reporting Requirements in Response to COVID-19

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU’s securities markets regulator, has relaxed its requirements regarding the publication by execution venues and firms of the general best execution reports required under RTS 27 and 28 of MiFID II, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement issued on 31 March, the regulator noted…

COVID-19: Regulator Round-up

In these days of unprecedented economic pressure and accompanying financial volatility, regulators around the world are realigning their priorities and rapidly shifting their strategies to support institutions through the ongoing crisis. In this regular weekly feature, we keep you up to date on the latest regulatory news, responses and approaches – from deadline delays to…

Financial Markets Operations Response to COVID-19: Best Practices for Working from Home

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting all walks of life, and carries with it implications for society beyond even the obvious and immediate health impact. Business is being hit across the board, with many corporations sending staff home in an effort to keep them both safe and working. It’s clear that firms can’t rely on a…

CFTC Issues COVID-19 Relief

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has relaxed rules around voice and telephone recording for swap execution facilities up until the end of June, along with relief to designated contract markets regarding audit trail and related requirements over the same period. The spread of coronavirus has caused compliance with certain CFTC requirements to be…

RJ O’Brien Deploys Eventus in the Cloud for Risk Monitoring and Trade Surveillance

Derivatives trader RJ O’Brien & Associates’ (ROJ) selection of Eventus Systems’ Validus as the global platform for its trade surveillance and risk monitoring requirements is aimed at meeting the firm’s regulatory obligations across a range of jurisdictions, including MAD/MAR, MiFID II RTS 6, the CFTC’s Tag 50 and regulations emanating from the Asia/Pacific region. According…