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PRA Appoints PwC to Investigate Goldman Sachs’ Regulatory Reporting

The UK’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) is believed to have appointed PwC to undertake a “skilled person’s report” on Goldman Sachs to scrutinise the quality of its regulatory reporting out of its London offices. The move comes in response to concerns around its lack of oversight, and the quality of information being supplied to the…

Skills and Systems Investment Surging in Financial Services, Finds TR Regulatory Intelligence Report

The right talent plays a crucial role in leveraging the benefits of RegTech within financial services firms, according to the fourth edition of Thomson Reuters’ annual regulatory intelligence report, released today. ‘Fintech, Regtech & the Role of Compliance in 2020: The Shifting Regulatory Role’ urges regulators and policymakers to ensure they have the appropriate up-to-date…

Governor Software Partners with AI Specialists Waymark for Global Coverage

Oversight solutions specialist Governor has become a global reseller of financial regulatory content from UK-based Waymark Tech: including current regulations, regulatory news and regulatory change. The agreement launches Governor Software’s regulatory compliance solution onto the world stage, as Governor Reg can now support compliance teams across all financial regulations worldwide. Governor Reg was initially developed…

HKMA Invites RegTech Tenders

The HKMA (Hong Kong Monetary Authority) is inviting tenders for the provision of professional services to help it facilitate the adoption of RegTech by the banking industry, with services expected to commence in May 2020. Submission details can be found in the tender document, which can be obtained upon request by email to regtech@hkma.gov.hk.

ESMA Consults on New MiFIR and MiFID II Regimes for Third-Country Firms

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU’s securities markets’ regulator, has launched a consultation on draft technical standards on the provision of investment services and activities in the European Union (EU) by third-country firms under MiFIR and MiFID II, which will specify the information that third-country firms must provide to ESMA for the…

ESMA Launches Supervisory Action On MiFID II Suitability Rules

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU’s securities markets regulator, is launching a common supervisory action (CSA) with national competent authorities on the application of MiFID II suitability rules across the EU, to be conducted during 2020. The CSA will focus on the application of the MiFID II requirements on the assessment of…

Divergence Brings Investment Opportunity, But a Whole Myriad of Reporting Complexities

Quinn Perrott, co-CEO of TRAction. Hard to believe, but we are almost 24 hours away from the day that has been on the horizon for what seems like an eternity. Ironically, when Big Ben finally bongs at 11pm (GMT) on Friday, Brexit still does not mean Brexit. Britain may have officially left the EU treaties,…

Market Abuse Crackdown: Could your Solution Stand Up to Scrutiny?

Other regulations may have taken the spotlight in the three years since the EU’s Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) came into force in July 2016, but its overarching goal of harmonised capital market transparency remains a key regulatory focus – and it would be a mistake to think that the authorities have taken their eye off…

Industry Group Recommends Rigorous Regulatory Overhaul Post-Brexit

A new report from the International Regulatory Strategy Group (IRSG), supported by Linklaters and industry body TheCityUK, has issued a stark warning on the risks and challenges that the UK’s financial architecture will face in terms of regulatory oversight following its departure from the EU. The International Regulatory Strategy Group (IRSG) is a practitioner-led group…

Trade Associations Demand Reporting Changes Ahead of MiFID II Review

The European Forum of Securities Associations (EFSA), in conjunction with members from Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Poland, and Sweden, this week released an open letter calling for a number of changes to be considered as priorities in any upcoming review of MiFID II by the EU authorities. “There are some areas… which need…