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Russia Sanctions Pose Challenges for Regulated Entities

By Martin Cheek, Managing Director, SmartSearch. As fears of renewed Russian offensives put Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine back on the news agenda, the sanctions against Putin and Russia which followed the war have never gone away. Before the invasion, Russia was already subject to about 2,700 sanctions. Within two weeks of the attack, that…

Natural Language Processing, the Shift from Surveilling Traders to Supporting Them

By Oliver Rooney, VoxSmart. Natural Language Processing (NLP), although not a new concept, is increasingly being discussed within Financial Markets. Despite its tenure in everyday services such as chat boxes, Alexa and Hey Google amongst others, the way in which it is being utilised in financial markets is changing for the better with firms set…

How Can Firms Prepare for the CFTC Rewrite?

By Leo Labeis, CEO, REGnosys. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) rewrite of swaps reporting rules – known as the ‘CFTC Rewrite’ – is one of several upcoming changes to global trade reporting regimes. Earlier this year, it extended the deadline for financial institutions to comply from May 25, 2022, to December 5, 2022. The…

Leveraging NLP for Regulatory Compliance

Natural language processing (NLP) is being used to accelerate every step of the compliance journey, from identifying relevant regulatory updates to understanding their content to mapping the changes onto internal infrastructure, according to panellists on a recent A-Team Group webinar, ‘Leveraging NLP for regulatory compliance’. Key takeaways included: Many firms have yet to recognise the…

Vendor Strategy: Rimes Leverages Data Management Expertise to Take on ESG

Integrating ESG data into traditional data management systems may be akin to fitting the proverbial square peg into a round hole, but it’s a challenge that financial institutions are having to confront every day. There are established workarounds, but they rely on a confluence of expertise in ESG and regular financial data. And there’s the…

Plenitude Targets Financial Crime Risk with ClientSight CRR Solution

Financial crime risk specialist Plenitude has launched ClientSight, a cloud-based client risk rating (CRR) solution. The platform is aimed at helping financial institutions, fintechs and professional services firms to assess the financial crime risk of both individuals and entities. ClientSight seeks to address regulators’ heightened activity around financial crime and sanctions. CRR is a key…

The Current State of Play in Transaction Reporting: Herding Cats in a Hurricane

Regulated firms trading in markets globally are bracing themselves for what’s been termed a ‘sea change’ in regulators’ approach to transaction reporting. Having introduced the requirement to provide detailed transaction reports to market through prescribed reporting vehicles over the past few years, some key regulators – including ESMA, CFTC and MAS – are reviewing their…

Protecting Data Privacy in the Fight Against Financial Crime

By Ronen Cohen, VP of Strategy at Duality Technologies. A primary goal for financial institutions is to generate revenue while understanding and mitigating risk. Tackling financial crime and compliance issues, including fraud, cybercrimes and money laundering, is critical to achieving this goal and remains among the most challenging tasks for the industry. The perpetual problem…

ACA Completes Foreside Merger to Form One of Largest GRC Platforms

GRC platform operator ACA Group has completed its merger with Foreside Financial Group, creating one of the world’s most extensive governance, risk and compliance offerings. The merger combines ACA’s regulatory compliance, cybersecurity, ESG and performance capabilities with Foreside’s distribution and broker-dealer capabilities to create a one-stop shop for investment firms. ACA’s business model involves supplementing its…

Firms Turning to Voice Transcription to Address Regulatory Scrutiny

Demand for voice transcription services from surveillance professionals at financial institutions is at record highs, according to analysis from compliance data and technology specialist SteelEye. Firms are seeking voice-to-text solutions for calls on fixed-line, mobile, MS Teams, Zoom, WhatsApp, and other communications mechanisms as part of to their surveillance programmes. SteelEye analyzed all Requests for…