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New Zealand Regulator Goes Digital

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) New Zealand has confirmed that it will engage with regulated firms and market participants exclusively via remote technology for the foreseeable future. “Our offices remain open and we encourage people to contact us with concerns or questions, as well as any suggestions on how we can assist you,” said the…

COVID-19: Regulator Round-up

In these days of unprecedented economic pressure and accompanying financial volatility, regulators around the world are realigning their priorities and rapidly shifting their strategies to support institutions through the ongoing crisis. In this regular weekly feature, we keep you up to date on the latest regulatory news, responses and approaches – from deadline delays to…

Basel IV Delayed Amid Coronavirus Chaos

The Basel Committee has delayed the implementation of Basel IV by a year following intense lobbying from the financial industry due to the coronavirus chaos, with a new deadline of 1 January, 2023. The Committee’s oversight body, the Group of Central Bank Governors and Heads of Supervision (GHOS), last Friday endorsed a set of measures…

Not So Harmonious After All: Accommodating AnaCredit’s Maturing Requirements

By Frederic Bernard, Manager EMEA Capital & Credit, AxiomSL. In response to the credit crisis, the European Central Bank (ECB) launched the Analytical Credit Dataset (AnaCredit) project in 2011 to create a harmonized database and framework of rules regarding the credit exposure of credit institutions and other loan-providing financial firms. Yet since the inception of…

ESMA Relaxes SFTR Reporting – But Will National Regulators Respond?

Following calls from the industry and in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the EU regulator has effectively agreed to delay SFTR implementation until 13 July, 2020 – a three month reprieve from the original 11 April start date, but earlier than the October push-back trade associations had originally requested. However, with no formal powers to…

FCA on Coronavirus: Take No Prisoners?

Regulators around the world have taken a largely supportive approach to COVID-19, albeit with varying approaches. While some are in total lockdown, others are taking a more measured approach – but according to the word on the street, firms have been surprised by the ‘take-no-prisoners’ stance adopted by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). With…

CFTC Issues COVID-19 Relief

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has relaxed rules around voice and telephone recording for swap execution facilities up until the end of June, along with relief to designated contract markets regarding audit trail and related requirements over the same period. The spread of coronavirus has caused compliance with certain CFTC requirements to be…

Industry Calls for SFTR, EMIR Refit Delay

Following a letter from trade bodies including the International Securities Lending Association (ISLA) and the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) this week, EU regulator ESMA is expected to issue clarification on whether it might consider a six-month delay to the upcoming Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR) currently due to go live in April. The joint…

UK Regulators Welcome Financial Services Regulatory Initiatives Forum

The Bank of England, Prudential Regulation Authority, FCA, Payment Systems Regulator and the Competition and Markets Authority have welcomed HM Treasury’s plans to establish the Financial Services Regulatory Initiatives Forum, announced alongside its response to the first phase of the Government’s review into the financial services future regulatory framework. The Forum will be a joint…

AFME Publishes Recommendations to Improve CSDR Settlement Rates

The Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) has published recommendations for partial settlement in view of the impending Central Securities Depository Regulation (CSDR), currently due to come into force in September this year but widely expected to be delayed until February 2021. The recommendations aim to encourage greater and more harmonised use of partial…