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AML Penalties Increase in APAC as Regulators Rev their Engines

By the end of July 2020, AML, KYC and sanctions fines for global financial institutions reached $5.6 billion, according to the latest findings from client lifecycle management specialist Fenergo. Notably however, although overall penalties were actually down by a third compared to the same period last year, fines issued by APAC regulators related to AML…

Broadridge Announces Record New Signings as SRD II Deadline Approaches

In response to the upcoming September 3, 2020 deadline for the European Commission (EC)’s updated Shareholder Rights Directive (SRD II), Broadridge Financial Solutions this week confirmed a record number of new signings for its SRD II solution. “We are witnessing strong demand, and we are market-ready with our end-to-end solution across the shareholder communications chain,” says…

Recorded Webinar: Address Emerging Operational Risk and Alleviating Data Blind Spots with AI Powered Risk Management

The digitalisation of financial services is in full flight, as financial institutions strive to offer the same levels of service and improved customer experience that consumer markets have enjoyed for some time. This digitalisation – providing seamless access to appropriate services on demand – requires great emphasis on client data. This changing digital landscape, and…

Why Is Now the Time for the Financial Markets to Focus on Collaboration Compliance?

By Phil Fry, VP of Financial Compliance Product Strategy at Verint. The seismic impact of the pandemic has seen many banks and financial institutions ramp up their use of next-generation communication solutions, to assist their employees to work from home and alternative locations. During lockdowns, trades and client orders, that were traditionally executed at corporate sites, moved…

Recorded Webinar: The Transformation of Buy-Side Market Surveillance

Asset managers, hedge funds, insurance firms, and other buy-side firms globally are becoming more active in their approach to market surveillance, as regulatory pressure to up their game mounts. Buy-side firms are now building out their surveillance infrastructure as they seek to respond to the requirements posed by Dodd-Frank, MiFID II and the Market Abuse…

Using Artificial Intelligence to Know Your Customers, not your Criminals

By Hugo Chamberlain, smartKYC. How can just searching for ‘adverse media’ on your customer mean you are getting to ‘know’ them at all? In this article we ask, are we really harnessing the full power of KYC technologies? With an abundance of mounting regulations, it is only natural that Know Your Customer screening has been…

Danish Regulator Reports Danske Bank for Market Abuse, Launches AML Enquiry

Denmark’s Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) has reported the country’s largest lender, Danske Bank, for violating the prohibition on market manipulation. The regulator alleges that the bank facilitated “wash trades” (where the same entity both buys and sells securities) between 2016-19, as well as failing to properly monitor and report transactions. Danske’s chief compliance officer Philippe…

EU Regulator Offers Guidance on Cloud Outsourcing

ESMA has issued new guidance this month to help financial providers understand their compliance responsibilities when outsourcing functions or investment activities to cloud-based providers. Published on 3 June in in draft form and currently open to consultation, the proposals are designed to help firms mitigate the risks that they are exposed to when outsourcing to…

ONE Appointed by Maitland to Provide Compliance Technology

ONE regulatory has been appointed by global advisory and family offices firm Maitland to implement R-ONE, a cloud-based compliance technology and workflow tool. ONE group provides fund management solutions including third-party Management Company, Regulatory & Compliance Advisory, Corporate Secretary and Governance Technology solutions to asset, wealth and fund managers through offices in Luxembourg, London and…

Communications = Key Compliance Concern During Covid-19

COVID-19, lockdown, working from home and self-isolation are now well established across the financial industry, but how are compliance teams impacted? A recent survey on market abuse monitoring from SteelEye found that almost half (40%) of the 80 market participants have seen their compliance budgets increase since the lockdown, with monitoring communications seen as the…