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NorthRow Joins FCA Regulatory Sandbox

Regtech and compliance specialist NorthRow has been selected to join the fourth cohort of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)’s Regulatory Sandbox, an initiative launched in 2015 to provide a channel for businesses to test products and services in a controlled and customised live market environment. NorthRow (formerly Contego) delivers customer onboarding through a combination of…

IBM Watson Financial Services: Focus on the First Line of Defence

Banks are spending too much money trying to comply with big-ticket regulations because the tools they are using are not efficient enough. That is the view of IBM Watson Financial Services, which is in the process of expanding its regtech portfolio based on AI and machine learning, and covering governance, risk and compliance (GRC), financial…

Stephan Wolf Discusses this Week’s MiFID II LEI Mandate and Emerging Digital Certificates

The MiFID II mandate requiring the use of Legal Entity Identifiers (LEIs) to identify parties to financial transactions came into play on Monday, causing barely a ripple in trading markets, but still posing problems in terms of lapsed LEIs – a problem that Stephan Wolf, CEO of the Global LEI Foundation (GLEIF), suggests could be…

Datactics LEI Match Engine Provides Free LEI Health Check Service

Datactics is offering a free LEI health check service that helps banks and asset managers ascertain the data quality of company information they hold in a legal entity master. The release of the service could not be better timed, with the MiFID II requirement for all counterparties to transactions to have a valid LEI coming…

Arachnys Hires Steve Mann, Robert Lloyd-Watts and Bill Bennett to Build Sales

Arachnys has made key marketing and sales appointments, naming Steve Mann as chief marketing officer, Robert Lloyd-Watts as regional sales director for EMEA and APAC, and Bill Bennett as regional sales director, North America. The company, a provider of customer risk decisioning solutions for Know Your Customer (KYC), Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Extended Due Diligence…

CAT Changes Could Cut Level of Client Data Collection and Shift Reporting Deadline

Changes to the controversial Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) – which will record all equities and options traded in the US – have been put forward in a bid to tackle serious concerns in the industry about the level of sensitive client data the CAT will collect. The CAT Operating Committee approved a different approach to…

Identifying and Verifying Ultimate Beneficial Owners: Getting the Full Picture, Fast

By Paul Charmatz, Managing Director, encompass The increasing burden of identifying and verifying ultimate beneficial owners (UBOs) of entities is a challenge faced by all regulated firms. However, Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations that enforce corporate transparency by identifying UBOs can reduce the risk of corruption and the cost of compliance. Firms undertaking appropriate due…

Axiomsl Partners Genpact to Offer Automated Risk Modelling for IFRS 9

AxiomSL has partnered Genpact, a professional services firm providing digital transformation, to automate and execute bespoke models for IFRS 9, the International Financial Reporting Standard that addresses accounting for financial instruments. The solution industrialises the risk modelling process and combines all the building blocks and calculation flows for IFRS 9 in an end-to-end process. The…

AIM Software Expands North American Team to Replicate Success in Europe

AIM Software is building out its North American operations with a view to replicating the success of its European business. The company has recruited a number of senior executives to further its drive into North America and continues to invest in R&D and engage with its user community to develop enterprise data management applications. To…

Swift and GLEIF Fulfil Plans to Deliver BIC-to-LEI Relationship File

The Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) has published the first monthly relationship file that matches a Business Identifier Code (BIC) assigned to an organisation against its Legal Entity Identifier (LEI). The file allows market participants to link and cross-reference these key entity identifiers free of charge, streamlining entity verification processes and reducing data management…