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International Compliance – A New Era for SMCR

By Andrew Shrimpton, Executive Chairman of Compliance Consulting at IQ-EQ With great power comes great responsibility. Yes; but in the era of SMCR, heads of compliance have found out that even a medium amount of power now comes with an almost unpalatable amount of personal accountability – and legal jeopardy. In many cases, this has…

SEC Releases Long-Awaited Guidance for Rule 606 on Broker Disclosures – But is it Enough?

Rule 606, updated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last year to require additional disclosures by broker-dealers to customers regarding the handling of their orders, has caused headaches for the sell-side since it was first proposed – largely due to the complexity of the original 334-page mandate. With the postponed October 1, 2019 deadline…

98% of Firms Not Ready for SM&CR, Finds ACA Compliance

Less than 2% of affected firms have completed sufficient preparation for the FCA’s upcoming Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) while only 2% of employees have sufficient awareness of the new rules and their implications across the organisation, according to a new survey from ACA Compliance. The new regulation is due to come into force…

Industry Bodies Join Forces to Create New SFTR/EMIR Master Reporting Agreement

The International Securities Lending Association (ISLA) has partnered with the Futures Industry Association (FIA), the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) to create a new Master Reporting Agreement compatible with SFTR and EMIR. The EMIR and SFTR reporting regimes share certain key features – in particular, both provide…

Natixis Selects Redland Solutions for Accountability Solution

Natixis Investment Managers UK has chosen Redland’s SM&CR Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution. The solution will assist Natixis to comply with all elements of the Accountability Regime, including SM&CR, Management Responsibility Maps, Statements of Responsibility, Fitness & Propriety, Certification, Conduct Attestation and Conduct Rule Breaches. Birmingham, UK-based Redland Solutions was acquired by Ideagen in June 2019.

Regulators Discuss SM&CR and IT Failure at UK Parliamentary Hearings

The UK’s parliament’s treasury committee recently held a series of hearings on IT failures in the financial sector. Over the course of the hearings, at which representatives of the Bank of England, the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulatory Authority spoke, the regulators discussed work completed and work in progress around operational resilience in…

FCA Publishes Final Rules on SM&CR

The UK financial services regulator has published the final rules regarding the extension of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) to FCA solo-regulated firms. The changes are due to come into force on December 9, 2019 – the same deadline by which brokers have to comply with the new regulation (which was adopted by…

Entity Data Management Handbook – Fifth Edition

Welcome to the fifth edition of A-Team Group’s Entity Data Management Handbook, sponsored for the fourth year running by entity data specialist Bureau van Dijk, a Moody’s Analytics Company. The past year has seen a crackdown on corporate responsibility for financial crime – with financial firms facing draconian fines for non-compliance and the very real…