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MiFID II Transaction Reporting Requirements Posing Big Problem for Investment Firms

Over 1,000 investment firms identified problems with their MiFID II transaction reporting requirements in 2018, according to regulatory consultancy Bovill – raising questions around how well the industry is really adapting to the complexities of the new regime. A Freedom of Information request found that a total of 1,335 notifications of inaccurate transaction reporting were…

European Parliament Adopts Banking Reform Package – Including Revised Rules on Capital Requirements (CRR II/CRD V) and Resolution (BRRD/SRM)

It has taken almost two years, but the European Parliament on April 16 finally endorsed the banking reform package proposed by the European Commission back in November 2016: covering key elements including the revised rules on capital requirements, and updating the framework of harmonised rules established in the wake of the financial crisis (the so-called…

A Catalogue of Errors: Regulators Fine Standard Chartered Bank a Further $1.1bn for AML Violations

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined Standard Chartered Bank £102.16 million for Anti-Money Laundering (AML) breaches in two higher risk areas of its business, the regulator announced last week.  US authorities have also fined the bank around $947 million over allegations that it violated international money laundering sanctions against countries including Iran. The…

CFTC Provides Further Brexit-Related Market Certainty

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CTFC) stepped into the Brexit debate this week with a motion to provide greater certainty to the global marketplace in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The concern is that in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a negotiated withdrawal agreement, affected swap dealers and major…

A-Team Group Releases Shortlist for 2019 RegTech Insight Awards

A-Team Group has released a shortlist of potential winners for its hotly anticipated third annual RegTech Insight Awards, to be held in the City of London on May 3, 2019. The awards recognise excellence and innovation in the provision of technology solutions to meet regulatory requirements within the financial services industry, and are uniquely designed…

EVIA Calls for Clarification and Consistency Around Scope of MiFID II

Following the German Finance Ministry’s recent call for feedback on MiFID II and MiFIR, one year on from implementation, the European Venues and Intermediaries Association (EVIA, formerly known as the Wholesale Markets’ Brokers Association), has raised numerous concerns around the lack of clarity and consistency of regulatory interpretation across markets. Despite praising the benefits of…

Automated Software is Replacing Human Decisions, Finds ESMA

A combination of supply-based developments and demand-based needs are potentially transforming the way financial institutions comply with regulation and supervisory authorities oversee market participants, warned the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) in a new report released on March 14, 2019. The regulator recently carried out an analysis of the regulatory and supervisory technologies currently…

GoldenSource Releases New Datasets to Help Banks with Brexit Reporting Changes

Software and services provider GoldenSource last week announced the release of a series of new Brexit-specific datasets via its enterprise data management solution, to help banks prepare for differing regulatory demands in the wake of the UK’s expected departure from the EU on the 29th March 2019. The firm implemented the move in response to…

Governor Extends Compliance Capabilities with Two New Partnerships

Governor Software, a provider of risk and oversight solutions for financial executives, has had a busy week this week: with the expansion of its live version of the FCA Handbook to include real-time regulatory news from intelligence firm Corlytics, and a new partnership with risk solutions provider Castlehill to offer enhanced integration of legacy governance,…

Six Ways to Stay Ahead of Financial Regulators with RegTech

By Burt Esrig, Managing Director and Michael Lehman, Partner, ACA Compliance The RegTech industry has exploded, with over 250 RegTech businesses worldwide and $1bn invested last year, as firms look to beat the regulators and the competition. But firms still aren’t doing enough. There have been $26 billion in fines for non-compliance with AML, KYC and sanctions regulations over the past decade….