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EMIR and MiFID Transaction Reporting Challenges Continue to Trouble Firms and Regulators

Data quality is proving to be an enduring albatross around the necks of financial institutions that must comply with EU reporting rules under MiFID II and EMIR. A recent disclosure by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) shows that matching rates remain poor for derivatives transactions reported under the European Markets and Infrastructure Regulation…

FCA Seeks Industry Input on How to Handle Regulatory Data

The UK’s financial watchdog has issued a call to regulated firms to provide feedback on how best to collect and process regulatory data, as part of its plan to replace Gabriel, its main regulatory data collection system. Collecting over 500,000 submissions annually across 120,000 users and 52,000 firms, Gabriel enables regulated market participants to submit…

The Case for Effective AML Controls as the FCA Highlights Financial Crime Concerns, Targets Transaction Reporting

Alongside the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Annual Report and Accounts 2018/19 released this week, the regulator also published its Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Annual Report. Part of a wider focus on financial crime (which includes the National Risk Assessment of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing of November 2017 and an FCA thematic review on capital…

Building a Powerhouse: How Ireland Became a Regtech Center of Excellence

By David Rochford, Head of Hedge Funds at MUFG Investor Services. Over the past decade, spurred by the financial crisis and ensuing regulatory regimes, Ireland has become a regtech powerhouse. The size of the regtech market is expected to grow to $12.3 billion by 2023, up from USD 4.3 billion in 2018, and Ireland is…

Stepping Stones to the EU FTT

By Anne Plested, EU Regulation Change at ION Markets, Fidessa. A Europe-wide financial transaction tax (FTT) was initially proposed by the European Commission (EC) in September 2011. The aim was to avoid an uncoordinated patchwork of national taxes and take a standard approach across Europe. In the aftermath of the financial crisis, this type of…

BIS Supports Fintech Innovation for Central Banks

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has confirmed plans for a new Innovation Hub to encourage international collaboration on financial technology within the central banking community. Launching initially at existing BIS facilities in Hong Kong and Basel, the hub will eventually span multiple locations with a third spoke due in Singapore within the first phase…

EBA Publishes FRTB Roadmap, Launches Consultation

Prior to the implementation of the Fundamental Review of the Trading Book (FRTB), now scheduled for January 2022, the European Banking Authority (EBA) on June 27 issued a new roadmap for market and counterparty credit risk approaches, providing a comprehensive overview of deliverables in the area of market and counterparty credit risk and outlines the…

FCA Urges Greater Cyber Resilience

The number of cyber incidents financial services firms reported to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) soared in 2018, and the watchdog is now calling on regulated firms to develop greater cyber resilience to prevent attacks and operational resilience to recover from them. According to data recently acquired by accountancy firm RSM under the Freedom 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…

Coinform to Investigate Ripple’s AML Compliance

US regtech start-up Coinfirm has signed an agreement with San Francisco-based Ripple, the company behind cryptocurrency XRP, to investigate the crypto’s compliance with AML regulations. The move comes in advance of a planned crackdown by US authorities on cryptocurrency exchanges, following an announcement by the Financial Action Task Force report in June of tighter regulation…