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Banks, Investment Firms Brace for April 14 SFTR Implementation Date

With the first implementation date looming for the EU’s Securities Finance Transaction Regulation (SFTR), banks and investment firms impacted by the April 14 live date are finalizing their preparations for this data-heavy reporting regulation To aid in those efforts – and to facilitate industry discussion around best approaches to the regulation – A-Team Group is…

RMA Issues SFTR Reporting Contract Template

Following the January release of the final SFTR report by ESMA, the US-based Risk Management Association has issued a new standard legal agreement to address mandatory reporting obligations for SFTR, ahead of its initial go-live date of April 11. The template follows in the footsteps of the Master Regulatory Reporting Framework launched by the International…

SteelEye Extends Reach with Office in Paris

SteelEye, a compliance technology and data analytics firm, has taken the next step in its international expansion with the opening of an office in Paris. The office supports SteelEye’s rapid growth and positions the company closer to regulated financial markets in France, as well as the Benelux region, Switzerland and many of its existing clients….

Regulatory Data Use Cases for Privacy-Enhancing Technology

Privacy-enhancing technology (PET) is emerging as a new way for financial services firms to share and compare confidential data without compromising competitiveness or data privacy compliance. Several new use cases are emerging. Improving MiFID II reference data For example, a new industry initiative that uses advanced information security techniques looks set to enable European and…

A-Team RegTech Summit Emphasises Urgency of Efficient, Enterprise-Wide Compliance

A-Team Group’s RegTech Summit made a triumphant return to a full house in New York last Thursday, with an excellent turnout of over 230 practitioners, regulators, start-ups and solution providers all keen to explore how the financial services industry can best leverage technology to drive innovation, cut costs and support regulatory change. Colin Ware, Global…

CFTE Launches RegTech Book, Online Course

The UK-based Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CFTE), a platform providing online learning for the FinTech space, has announced the launch of a targeted new online RegTech course providing a “thorough foundation of regulatory technologies” through eight hours of video content, curated readings and online assessment. The announcement was made at the London launch…

SteelEye Launches RegTech Glossary

London-based regulatory compliance and data analytics firm SteelEye has published a new RegTech glossary that aims to demystify the complex language of the RegTech sector. The online guide aims to assist professionals to navigate the most common terminology, abbreviations and jargon across the evolving regulatory landscape.

SM&CR: The Countdown Begins

This weekend marks just one month to go until SM&CR goes live for all solo-regulated firms, replacing the FCA’s previous Approved Persons Regime (APR) and bringing with it a host of new data management requirements and challenges. A survey published by ACA Compliance in August this year warned that less 2% of firms had completed…

EU Benchmarks Regulation: An Opportunity in Disguise?

The switch from Libor to new benchmarks under the EU’s Benchmarks Regulation has been heralded as one of the most significant changes to the financial markets in recent years. With wide-ranging implications for multiple functions across financial institutions, the reform poses substantial compliance challenges – but could also create new opportunities, specifically around the necessary…

Trade and Transaction Reporting Challenges – EU Demands for US Firms

At the upcoming RegTech Summit New York, William Gates of SmartStream RDU will be enlightening us as to the current challenges around MiFID II and MiFIR for US-based firms; as well as giving a rundown of where we are (as far as anyone can really know!) with Brexit, and what the implications could be for…