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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…

KRM22 Adds SMCR Applications to Global Platform

Software investment firm KRM22 has added additional SMCR applications to its Global Risk Platform, including a partnership agreement with London-based ‘digital intelligence’ specialist Neotas to distribute and support its enhanced due diligence application. The partnership follows recent agreements to distribute Trailight’s Individual Accountability Regime application which addresses the governance requirements of SMCR, and Entrima’s SMCR…

Why Boris’ Stamp Duty Axe is Irrelevant with an EU FTT Just Around the Corner

By Daniel Carpenter, Head of Regulation at Meritsoft (a Cognizant company). The race to become Conservative Party leader, and thus Prime Minister, enters into its final stretch, policy ideas are inevitably being thrown around like confetti. As a classic case in point, Boris Johnson has recently pledged to scrap the UK’s Stamp Duty tax, which…

Culture and Internal Company Set-up Prove Problematic in SMCR Implementation

The Senior Managers Certification Regime (SMCR) is a hot and vexing topic, with internal company set-up and culture presenting a significant challenge for many financial services firms as they prepare for the December 9, 2019 deadline by when arrangements for senior managers and certification staff must be in place for all firms and from when…

Recorded Webinar: Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) – challenge or opportunity?

Are you ready to meet the requirements of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) when it comes into force for all firms authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in December 2019? Have you allocated all your staff to one of the four categories available under SMCR? Has your firm prepared a ‘statement of…

EBA Warns of £135bn Bank Shortfall for Basel IV

The European Banking Authority (EBA) has warned that the EU’s biggest banks could face a funding gap of up to £135bn in order to comply with Basel IV, an updated set of post-crisis regulations expected to be phased in from 2022 and be in full force by 2027. The EBA estimates that banks could face…