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FSB report – Cyber incident reporting – existing approaches and next steps for broader convergence

On 19 October 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a report exploring whether greater convergence in the reporting of cyber incidents is achievable in light of increasing financial stability concerns, especially given the digitalisation of financial services and increased use of third party service providers. The FSB found that fragmentation exists across sectors and … Continue Reading

FSB speech – Financial stability and coordination in times of crisis

On 18 October 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a speech by its chair, Randal K Quarles, titled ‘Financial Stability and Coordination in Times of Crisis’. In his speech, Mr Quarles focuses on four areas: Reacting and responding to crisis: Leveraging cooperation to ensure stability and contain spill- During the decade between the global … Continue Reading

Episode 11 of the Regulation Tomorrow Podcast is out now

The latest episode of the Regulation Tomorrow Podcast is out now to stream and download. In this episode we hear from Celia Cohen in New York who discusses privilege, particularly in the context of internal investigations; Joe Smallshaw and Catherine Pluck discuss the Frensham case and how the FCA treats non-financial misconduct; and Lisa Lee … Continue Reading

UNEP FI first collective progress report on the UN Principles for Responsible Banking

On 15 October 2021, the United Nations’ Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) published its first collective progress report on the implementation of the Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB). The PRB commit signatories to aligning their business strategies with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. Since the launch of the PRB in … Continue Reading

TCFD status report for 2021

  On 14 October 2021, the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) issued a status report for 2021. The status report provides an update on key TCFD-related developments and initiatives as well as the results of the TCFD’s annual review of climate-related reporting. The status report also contains key findings … Continue Reading

Basel Committee progress report on the adoption of the Basel regulatory framework

On 14 October 2021, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) issued a progress report on the adoption of the Basel regulatory framework. Basel III was developed by BCBS as an internationally agreed set of measures in response to the global financial crisis of 2007-2009. The measures within the regulatory framework aim to strengthen the … Continue Reading

FSB publishes targets for enhancing cross-border payments

On 13 October 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a press release announcing the publication of its first consolidated progress report covering the progress made during the first year of the G20’s Roadmap for Enhancing Cross-border Payments. The report highlights that most of the milestones set by the Roadmap for 2021 have been completed … Continue Reading

FSB report – Policy proposals to enhance money market fund resilience

On 11 October 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a report which forms a key part of its work programme on non-bank financial intermediation. The policy proposals in the report aim to address systematic risk and minimise the need for future extraordinary central bank interventions to support the sector alongside enhancing money market fund … Continue Reading

FSB letter to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors

On 6 October 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a letter from its chair to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors. The letter focuses on two key areas of the FSB’s work: Developing a more resilient NBFI sector The letter notes that following the market turmoil in March 2020, the FSB agreed on … Continue Reading

CPMI calls for ideas on solutions to expand PvP settlement

On 7 October 2021, the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) issued a call for ideas on payment-versus-payment (PvP) mechanisms. As part of the G20 cross-border payments roadmap, the CPMI is developing proposals for increased PvP adoption by encouraging enhancements to existing PvP arrangements and/or the design of new public and/or private sector solutions. … Continue Reading

FSB / IMF latest progress report on the G20 Data Gaps Initiative

On 8 October 2021, the Financial Stability Board and the International Monetary Fund co-published their sixth progress report on the G20 Data Gaps Initiative. Key messages in the progress report include: Significant progress has been achieved during phases 1 and 2 of the Data Gaps Initiative in closing identified policy-relevant data gaps. Although the initiative … Continue Reading

FSB report on the regulation, supervision and oversight of “global stablecoin” arrangements

On 7 October 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a progress report setting out the progress made on the implementation of its high-level recommendations for the regulation, supervision and oversight of global stablecoin arrangements.  The progress report incorporates the results of a stocktake of the implementation of the FSB’s high level recommendations in 21 … Continue Reading

CPMI and IOSCO publish guidance, call for comments on stablecoin arrangements

On 5 October 2021, the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a consultative report that proposes guidance on the application of the Principles for Financial Market Infrastructures (PFMIs) to systemically important stablecoin arrangements (SAs), including the entities integral to such arrangements. The proposed guidance focuses … Continue Reading

ISDA – RFR Conventions and IBOR Fallbacks – Product Table

On 4 October 2021, the ISDA issued a product table for RFR conventions and IBOR fallbacks. The table is intended to help counterparties understand how the fallbacks would function in their legacy and new derivatives that reference IBORs. It sets out how fallbacks in ISDA’s amended documentation (without reference to the 2021 ISDA Interest Rate … Continue Reading

OECD reports on climate transition

On 4 October 2021, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published: A report ‘ESG investing and climate transition: Market practices, issues and policy considerations’. The report highlights the main findings from recent OECD research on ESG rating and investing. It offers policy considerations to strengthen ESG practices to foster global interoperability and comparability, … Continue Reading

FSB launches new financial stability surveillance framework

On 30 September 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a new Financial Stability Surveillance Framework. The new framework will support the  comprehensive, methodical and disciplined review of vulnerabilities, helping to identify and address new and emerging risks to financial stability. The FSB will regularly communicate its view on vulnerabilities through its annual reports. John … Continue Reading

Basel Committee calls for improved cyber resilience, reviews climate-related financial risks and discusses impact of digitalisation

On 20 September 2021, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision issued a newsletter calling on banks to improve their resilience to cyber threats. In the newsletter the Basel Committee reminds firms and institutions that remote working arrangements and increased provision of financial services using digital channels have enlarged banks’ attack surfaces. The Basel Committee also … Continue Reading

ROC publishes revised version of the CDE Technical Guidance

On 22 September 2021, the Regulatory Oversight Committee (ROC) of the Global Legal Entity Identifier published a revised version of the CDE Technical Guidance which includes corrections that the ROC considers appropriate to facilitate its jurisdictional implementations. In developing these corrections, the ROC considered the responses to a public consultation that was run between 5 … Continue Reading

Withholding evidence on the ground of Common Law Public Interest Immunity in Singapore

Key takeaways The Singapore High Court recently confirmed in Mah Kiat Seng v Attorney-General [2021] SGHC 202 (Mah Kiat Seng) that the common law doctrine of public interest immunity remains part of Singapore law and was not superseded by the enactment of the Evidence Act (Cap. 97) (EA) in 1893. The Court also clarified how … Continue Reading

Hong Kong: Wealth Management Connect launches: the nuts and bolts at a glance

The widely anticipated Cross-boundary Wealth Management Connect Pilot Scheme (Wealth Management Connect), expected to create a combined funds flow of RMB 300 billion (US$46.5 billion) in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA), has formally launched on 10 September 2021. Wealth Management Connect, which will come into operation in October 2021, consists of northbound and … Continue Reading

IOSCO statement on credit sensitive rates

On 8 September 2021, the Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued a statement on credit sensitive rates. Among other things the statement notes that regulators are concerned that some of LIBOR’s shortcomings may be replicated through the use of credit sensitive rates that lack sufficient underlying transaction volumes. The disproportionality between … Continue Reading

Basel III and global cooperation: where do we go from here?

On 8 September 2021, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision published a speech given by its Secretary General, Carolyn Rogers, entitled Basel III and global cooperation: where do we go from here? During the course of her speech Carolyn Rogers addresses, among other things, some of the more common arguments that have been used to … Continue Reading

IOSCO publishes guidance for intermediaries and asset managers using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

On 7 September 2021, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published guidance to help its members regulate and supervise the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) by market intermediaries and asset managers, following its consultation report published in June. The guidance consists of six measures that reflect expected standards of conduct … Continue Reading

SGX introduces SPAC listing framework

Introduction The use of special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) as an alternative route to access the equity capital markets in the United States of America (US) has fluctuated in popularity over the years as a result of changes in both market conditions and investor appetite. However, US SPAC activity has been buoyant during 2020 and … Continue Reading
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