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FSTB launches consultation on the proposed licensing regime for providers of OTC VA trading services

On 8 February 2023, the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (FSTB) launched a consultation on legislative proposals to introduce a licensing regime to regulate providers of over the counter (OTC) trading services for virtual assets (VAs) (the Consultation).  The proposed licensing regime will be introduced by amending the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Ordinance … Continue Reading

Streamlining variation margin in centrally cleared markets – examples of effective practices

On 13 February 2024, the Bank for International Settlements’ Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a report ‘Streamlining variation margin in centrally cleared markets – examples of effective practices’. In September 2022, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, CPMI and IOSCO published a final report … Continue Reading

IOSCO consults on post trade reduction services

On 26 January 2024, the Board of the International Organisation of Securities Commission (IOSCO) published a consultation report on post trade reduction services (PTRRS). In 2015, IOSCO published the Risk Mitigation Standards (the Standards), setting out standards aimed at mitigating risk in the non-centrally cleared over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets. At the time the Standards were … Continue Reading

NGFS technical document providing guidance on the purpose and use of the NGFS scenarios

On 23 January 2024, the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) published a technical document, NGFS scenarios: Purpose, use cases and guidance on where institutional adaptations are required. The NGFS scenarios were introduced in 2020 and have been refined and updated over four iterations. They have assisted central banks, supervisors, and other financial actors … Continue Reading

BIS Innovation Hub announces first six projects for 2024 work programme

On 23 January 2024, the Bank for International Settlements’ (BIS) Innovation Hub announced its first six projects for its 2024 work programme. The projects focus on safety and security, green finance and next generation financial infrastructures. Additional work on advanced data analytics and tokenisation are also planned. Head of the BIS Innovation Hub Cecilia Skingsley … Continue Reading

Basel Committee-IOSCO report sets out recommendations for good margin practices in non-centrally cleared markets

On 17 January 2024, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a report on streamlining variation margin processes and the responsiveness of initial margin models in non-centrally cleared markets. The report follows the 2022 report reviewing margining practices and covers two areas that were discussed: … Continue Reading

Updated SFC and HKMA guidance for intermediaries’ on VA-related activities and circular on SFC-authorised VA funds

Background On 22 December 2023, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) issued an updated joint circular on intermediaries’ virtual asset-related activities (Joint Circular) with appendices.  The Joint Circular supersedes the previous joint circular of 20 October 2023 (October Joint Circular). The Joint Circular was issued on the same … Continue Reading

HKMA and FSTB consult on regulatory regime for stablecoin issuers and announce new sandbox arrangement

On 27 December 2023, the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (FSTB) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) jointly issued a public consultation paper on their legislative proposal to regulate issuers of stablecoin. The Hong Kong Government has decided that, in light of the important roles played by stablecoins in the Web3 and virtual … Continue Reading

Regulation Tomorrow Plus: EMEA regulatory insights series – 2024 horizon scanning – APAC

In this latest episode of our EMEA regulatory insights series colleagues from Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore provide their thoughts and insights on what 2024 holds from a financial services regulatory perspective. The podcast can be found here.… Continue Reading

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to our readers

To all of our global readers we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We will resume posting material following the festive period on 9 January 2024 although if there are any significant developments we will endeavour to provide an update.… Continue Reading

FSB revises policy recommendations to address structural vulnerabilities from liquidity mismatch in open-ended funds

On 20 December 2023, the Financial Stability Board issued a report setting out revised policy recommendations to address structural vulnerabilities from asset management activities in relation to liquidity mismatch in open-ended funds. The revised policy recommendations supersede section2 of the FSB’s 2017 policy recommendations to address structural vulnerabilities from asset management activities. The revised recommendations … Continue Reading

IOSCO final report with policy recommendations for decentralised finance

On 19 December 2023, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a final report with policy recommendations to address market integrity and investor protection issues in decentralised finance (DeFi). The policy recommendations, which are principles-based and outcomes-focused, are addressed to relevant authorities and complement IOSCO’s policy recommendations for crypto and digital assets markets issued … Continue Reading

IOSCO statement on online harm

On 15 December 2023, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued a statement on the risk of online harm to retail investors from investment scams and frauds. IOSCO has issued the statement noting that with growing online retail investor participation there has been a rise of ‘bad actors’ using sophisticated and fraudulent tactics to … Continue Reading

Global Asset Management Review – Issue 1

Our global funds and financial services and regulation teams have recently created a new publication called Global Asset Management Review which comprises of a series of articles from colleagues around the world designed to help clients and contacts keep up-to-date with key trends in the asset management industry. Click here to view it.… Continue Reading

FSB outlines work to further increase the resolvability of banks, central counterparties and insurers

On 15 December 2023, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) issued a 2023 Resolution Report. The 2023 Resolution Report is the FSB’s twelfth report on the implementation of resolution reforms and takes stock of the progress made by FSB members in implementing resolution reforms and enhancing resolvability across the banking, central counterparty, and insurance sectors. It … Continue Reading

IOSCO consultation report on market outages

On 14 December 2023, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued a consultation report on market outages. Market outages occur when a technical problem or an operational issue causes a disruption of trading output or the orderly trading of a trading venue, leading to the suspension of trading. Market outages can be highly disruptive. … Continue Reading

Basel Committee consults on targeted adjustments to tighten its standard on banks’ exposures to cryptoassets

On 14 December 2023, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) issued a consultative document setting out proposed amendments to its standard on banks’ exposures to cryptoassets. In December 2022, the Basel Committee published its standard on the prudential treatment of banks’ exposures to cryptoassets. The standard is set out in a new chapter … Continue Reading

Basel Committee consults on targeted adjustments to its standard on interest rate risk in the banking book

On 12 December 2023, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) published a consultation on targeted adjustment to its standard on interest rate risk in the banking book (IRRBB). The IRRBB standard requires banks to calculate measures of interest rate risk for their banking book exposures. These measures are based on a specified set … Continue Reading

Basel Committee agrees to consult on targeted revisions to standards on cryptoasset and interest rate risk in the banking book and to take steps to address window-dressing in relation to the G-SIB framework

On 7 December 2023, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) published a press release following the outcome of a meeting held virtually on 5 and 7 December 2023. The headlines from the press release are that the Basel Committee:… Continue Reading

D&I jurisdiction summary

In recent years, diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the financial services sector has become a focus for regulators around the world. Individual regulators, however, have taken different approaches to D&I to reflect the local socio-economic environment. Below, we provide a high-level summary of the position across a number of key jurisdictions. Jurisdiction Summary of regulatory … Continue Reading

Basel Committee consultative document – Disclosure of climate-related financial risks

On 29 November 2023, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) published a consultative document – Disclosure of climate-related financial risks. The Basel Committee is analysing how a Pillar 3 disclosure framework for climate-related financial risks would further its mandate to strengthen the regulation, supervision, and practices of banks worldwide with the purpose of … Continue Reading

Basel Committee report on implementing Principles for effective risk data aggregation and reporting shows progress made but significant work remains

On 28 November 2023, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) published a report on the progress that 31 global systemically important banks have made in implementing the Basel Committee’s Principles for effective risk data aggregation and reporting (the Principles). Of the 31 banks assessed, only two banks are fully compliant with all the … Continue Reading

FSB assesses risks of multi-function crypto-asset intermediaries

On 28 November 2023, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a report on the financial stability implications of multifunction crypto-asset intermediaries (MCIs). The report defines MCIs as individual firms, or groups of affiliated firms, that combine a broad range of crypto-asset services, products and functions typically centred around the operation of a trading platform. The … Continue Reading

2023 list of global systemically important banks

On 27 November 2023, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published the 2023 list of global systemically important banks (G-SIBs). FSB member authorities apply the following to G-SIBs: high capital buffer, total loss-absorbing capacity, group wide resolution planning and regular resolvability assessments and higher supervisory expectations including for risk management functions. The new list of G-SIBs … Continue Reading
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