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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

Monthly Global FinTech regulatory updater

Every month we provide the Global Blockchain Business Council’s Post-Trade Distributed Ledger group with a global regulatory FinTech updater, the latest version of which can be found here. Post Trade Distributed Ledger (PTDL) Group is composed of over 40 prominent market infrastructure stakeholders whose shared vision of the use of distributed ledger technology has brought them … Continue Reading

GFXC releases guidance paper on Last Look, publishes disclosure templates

On 18 August 2021, the Global Foreign Exchange Committee (GFXC) issued a guidance paper on ‘last look’ trading within the Foreign Exchange market. Last look is a practice used in electronic trading where a market participant has a final opportunity to accept or reject a trade request made on its quoted price. The GFXC is … Continue Reading

Monthly Global FinTech regulatory updater

Every month we provide the Global Blockchain Business Council’s Post-Trade Distributed Ledger group with a global regulatory FinTech updater, the latest version of which can be found here. Post Trade Distributed Ledger (PTDL) Group is composed of over 40 prominent market infrastructure stakeholders whose shared vision of the use of distributed ledger technology has brought them … Continue Reading

BIS Innovation Hub and Monetary Authority of Singapore publish proposal for enhancing global real-time retail payments network connectivity

On 28 July 2021, the Bank for International Settlements Innovation Hub Singapore Centre and the Monetary Authority of Singapore published a proposed blueprint for enhancing global payments network connectivity via multilateral linkages of countries’ national retail payment systems. Titled ‘Project Nexus’, the blueprint outlines how countries can fully integrate their retail payment systems onto a … Continue Reading

CPMI work programme for 2021-22

On 5 August 2021, the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) published its work programme for 2021-22. The annual work programme has been publicly released for the first time as part of the CPMI’s commitment to increased transparency. The annual work programme will focus on shaping the future of payments and addressing risks in … Continue Reading

Proportionality in bank regulation and supervision – a joint global survey

On 30 July 2021, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) and the World Bank (WB) published a report on an earlier joint global survey that focussed on proportionality in bank regulation and supervision. The survey involved 90 authorities, with a broad distribution across geographical regions and income groups. The concept of proportionality is … Continue Reading

ARRC formally recommends Term SOFR

On 29 July 2021, the ARRC has formally recommended the CME Group’s forward-looking Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) term rates (Term SOFR).  It follows the completion of interdealer trading conventions to SOFR earlier this week.  This means that parties which have contracts which include the ARRC hardwired fallbacks will fallback to Term SOFR given that … Continue Reading

SC-STS Publishes recommendations and updated timelines for transition to SORA

The SC-STS published its Recommendations for Transition of Legacy SOR Contracts on 29 July 2021, with updated timelines and key recommendations for the industry-wide transition from SOR to SORA. Market participants are urged to take active steps to substantially transition out of legacy SOR exposures by 31 December 2021, using the SOR-SORA basis swap market … Continue Reading

ISDA announces results of consultation on fallbacks for GBP LIBOR ICE Swap Rate and USD LIBOR Swap Rate

On 23 July 2021, the ISDA announced the results of its consultation on the implementation of fallbacks for the sterling LIBOR ICE Swap Rate and the US dollar LIBOR ICE Swap Rate. The ISDA states that the results indicate a significant majority of respondents agree with the fallback provisions set out in the draft amendments … Continue Reading

IOSCO consults on ESG ratings and data providers

On 26 July 2021, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued a consultation report intended to assist its members in understanding the implications of the activities of environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings and data providers and in establishing frameworks to mitigate risks stemming from these activities. The consultation report has five chapters: Chapter … Continue Reading

Monthly Global FinTech regulatory updater

Every month we provide the Global Blockchain Business Council’s Post-Trade Distributed Ledger group with a global regulatory FinTech updater, the latest version of which can be found here. Post Trade Distributed Ledger (PTDL) Group is composed of over 40 prominent market infrastructure stakeholders whose shared vision of the use of distributed ledger technology has brought them … Continue Reading

Basel Committee consults on an amendment to the process for reviewing the G-SIB methodology

On 20 July 2021, the Basel Committee of Banking Supervision published a consultation document setting out a technical amendment to the Basel framework. The amendment sets out a new process that will be used by the Committee to review the assessment methodology for global systemically important banks (G-SIBs). The Committee plans to replace the existing … Continue Reading

GFXC updates FX Global Code, publishes new templates for disclosures and guidance paper on Pre-hedging

On 15 July 2021, the Global Foreign Exchange Committee (GFXC) completed its review of the FX Global Code, updating its principles of good practice in the foreign exchange market in several key areas. The GFXC also published templates for industry participants to use in improving disclosures and assisting with transaction cost analysis. The GFXC is … Continue Reading

Episode 9 of the Regulation Tomorrow Podcast – out now

Episode 9 of the Regulation Tomorrow Podcast is available to stream and download on your usual podcast platform. In this month’s podcast we speak to Jonathan Herbst about the future of financial services in the UK and also the HMT Wholesale Markets Review. We are joined by Sam Ramer from our US practice, who explains … Continue Reading

FSB interim report on lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic from a financial stability perspective

On 13 July 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published an interim report on the lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic from a financial stability perspective. Among other things the interim report notes that: So far, the global financial system has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to greater resilience, supported by the G20 reforms, and … Continue Reading

Report on CBDCs

On 9 July 2021, there was published a report on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). The report was released by the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures, the Bank for International Settlements Innovation Hub, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The report looks at how CBDCs could facilitate enhanced cross-border payments, and how … Continue Reading

G20 communiqué – third Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting

On 10 July 2021, the G20 published a communiqué following the third Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in Venice. Among other things the communiqué: Reiterates the commitment to a timely and effective implementation of the G20 Roadmap to enhance cross-border payments by relevant authorities. In particular, it looks forward to the Financial Stability … Continue Reading

FSB publishes three climate-related reports

On 7 July 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a letter from its Chair, Randal K. Quarles, to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors ahead of their 9 – 10 July 2021 meeting. Among other things the letter stresses the need for coordinated action to address financial risks posed by climate change, noting … Continue Reading

MAS Consultation – Proposed amendments to impose requirements on financial institutions conducting unregulated business

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) issued a consultation paper on 2 July 2021 seeking views on various proposals, including to introduce powers to enable the MAS to impose requirements on certain financial institutions conducting unregulated business. The MAS recognises that some of its regulated entities may be carrying on unregulated activities (e.g. trading bitcoin … Continue Reading
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