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Sponsored Blog: The Libor Transition: Time for Urgent Action

By Jacob Rank-Broadley, Head of LIBOR Transition, B&I, Refinitiv. Refinitiv’s latest special report takes an in-depth look at the many remaining challenges that surround the imminent cessation of Libor, as well as the potential of data-driven solutions to enable a smooth transition. A landmark transition From the end of 2021, the FCA will no longer…

Deutsche Bank Indonesia Teams with Xceptor to Automate Tax Processes for Post-Trade Settlement

Deutsche Bank Corporate Bank has adopted an automated workflow platform for the administration of capital gains withholding tax during the post-trade settlement process in Indonesia. The platform, based on the Xceptor Tax Solution, is aimed at streamlining manual processes and reducing the time to calculate withholding tax amounts down to seconds. Deutsche Bank will also…

Countdown to Operational Resilience Deadline Adds Pressure to UK Firms

UK financial services institutions and firms now have less than six months to identify their ‘important business services’, set impact tolerances and carry out mapping and testing ahead of the new UK Regulatory Operational Resilience Requirements coming into force on March 31, 2022. The new requirements are being ushered in by the Bank of England,…

AutoRek Urges Industry to Prepare for Jan 1 IFPR Start

Automated reconciliations provider AutoRek has warned firms to start preparing their systems for the complex calculations and processes they will need to undertake to be compliant with the UK’s incoming Investment Firms Prudential Regime (IFPR), which go live on January 1  – now less than 100 days away. IFPR is being introduced by the Financial…

UK FCA Targets up to £4 billion of Reporting Costs via Transforming Data Collection Initiative

The Financial Conduct Authority’s involvement in the Bank of England’s Transforming Data Collection Initiative is aimed at reducing industry reporting costs of as much as £4 billion, according to FCA CEO Nikhil Rathi. The initiative – launched in February – aims to deliver improvements in data collection over the next decade. Speaking last week at…

Recorded Webinar: The evolution of market surveillance across sell-side and buy-side firms

Market surveillance is crucial, and in many cases a regulatory requirement, to ensuring orderly securities markets and sustaining confidence in trading. It can be breached and has become increasingly complex in the wake of the Covid pandemic, Brexit, and the emergence of new asset classes. This webinar will review the extent of market abuse in…

GRAC Service Provider RiskBusiness Launches GDPR Equivalency Checker

Governance, risk, audit and compliance (GRAC) content and service provider RiskBusiness has introduced a GDPR Equivalency Checker ahead of new EU data privacy requirements coming into effect later this month. The new tool is targeted at all financial services firms impacted by the incoming changes under the so-called Schrems II legislation that comes into effect…

Compliance-as-a-Service Provider Lawson Conner Adopts Acquirer IQ-EQ’s Brand Name

Lawson Conner, a UK-based regulatory hosting and outsourced compliance business, has rebranded as IQ-EQ, the name of investment funds service provider that acquired it in 2018. The rebrand of the compliance as-a-service provider comes at a time when the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has prioritised raising standards in the appointed representatives segment. IQ-EQ’s acquisition added…

Australia’s Identitii Launches SaaS-Based AML/CTF Platform to Reduce Regulatory Risk

Australia-based Identitii, which specialises in helping regulated entities including banks and other ‘money services’ providers manage regulatory risk, has launched a SaaS-based reporting and compliance platform aimed at addressing AML and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) reporting obligations. The cloud-based platform delivers end-to-end reporting automation and future proofs compliance by accepting any payment file format used today…

Mind the Gap: Why RegTech Hasn’t Hit the Target (Yet)

By Bernadine Reese, managing director, and Jagdeep Sihan, associate director, at Protiviti UK. RegTech is a new and innovative industry. As the cost of compliance increases, and attention from regulators mounts, financial firms are looking for ways to make their processes slicker and prove that they work effectively. Technology can be part of the answer….