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Upcoming Webinar: Developing operational resilience

Date: 25 March 2021 Time: 10:00am ET / 3:00pm London / 4:00pm CET Duration: 50 minutes Financial institutions’ operational resilience – essentially the ability to prevent, adapt and respond to, and recover and learn from operational disruptions – has come under extreme pressure during the coronavirus pandemic, with last year’s March lockdown creating unprecedented circumstances…

KBC Bank chooses Finastra for LIBOR transition

KBC Bank, a Belgium-based bank with operations across Europe, US and Asia Pacific, has chosen Finastra to help manage its transition through the upcoming interbank references rates changes. It has selected Fusion Loan IQ Alternate Reference Rates (ARR) module to manage new rates and to expand its lending business. The bank has also opted for…

DTCC Releases White Paper on Managing Post-Covid Risk

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), a provider of market infrastructure for the global financial services industry, has released a white paper identifying key priorities where financial market infrastructures (FMIs) should focus in the coming years to proactively and effectively manage risk in a post-pandemic environment. FMIs around the globe performed remarkably well amid unprecedented market…

ACA Compliance Group Launches New Global ESG Practice

ACA Compliance Group (ACA) today launched a specialist global environmental, social, and governance (ESG) advisory practice, headed up by Dan Mistler, who joins ACA from ESG and environment firm, Bridge House Advisors. Sustainability and responsible investing increasingly appear on the agendas of global political leaders, regulators, and firms alike. According to President-elect Joe Biden, the U.S. will…

Two Golden Sources: How Will the New FCA FIRDS System Hold Up Post-Brexit?

At the end of 2020 the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) lost access to the EU’s MiFID database: instead launching its own FIRDS system. It’s a big change, and it could have a significant impact on the way firms are able to manage their transaction reporting requirements. The new FCA FIRDS database was built to…

Brexit is Here – But Sadly, Equivalence is Not

The UK has finally left the European Union. A trade deal was wrung out at the eleventh hour, allowing the two sides to trade with zero tariffs and quotas, but the financial services industry has been left hanging – with talk of an MoU around the regulation of financial services being reached only by March…

FCA Cracks Down on OMS Reporting Errors: Regulated Firms Pay the Price

By Matt Smith, CEO, SteelEye. Certain Order Management Systems (OMSs) have recently come under scrutiny from the FCA because of quality issues around MiFIR reporting. Firms that heavily rely on their OMS for daily regulatory reporting have been found to consistently over or under report their transactions. The responsibility for accurate reporting rests solely with…

GRI Calls for Strengthened Sustainability Reporting

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the provider of some of the most widely used sustainability reporting standards around the world, has called for strengthened financial reporting that complements sustainability reporting and takes account of the financial risks and opportunities related to a company’s sustainability impacts – with mandatory disclosure to ensure transparency on corporate contributions…

UK’s RegulAItion Wins Singapore FinTech Accelerator

UK-based data platform company RegulAItion has won the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) 2020 Global Fintech Hackcelerator, competing against over 270 submissions from across more than 40 countries. To secure the win, RegulAItion successfully demonstrated how its ground-breaking AIR platform can enable the financial sector to respond to two of its most pressing global challenges…

Are You Ready for Brexit?

Things might be up in the air at the moment around Brexit negotiations, but the UK financial regulators have made it very clear that firms must be ready for the final deadline on December 31, 2020 or risk facing the consequences. Firms that don’t prepare in advance for the changing regulatory environment could face tough…