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UK General Election and next steps for Brexit

Following the UK General Election the Conservative Party has won a majority of at least 76 seats in the House of Commons, its biggest election victory since 1987. With one constituency left to declare at the time of writing, the Conservatives have 364 seats, Labour 203, the SNP 48, the Liberal Democrats 11, the DUP … Continue Reading

Global Asset Management Quarterly – 13th edition now available online

The latest issue of Global Asset Management Quarterly is now available here. This issue contains the following articles: UK/Europe UK and European overview The new EU prudential regime for investment firms Navigating the AIFMD EU progresses on its Sustainable Finance Action Plan Contracting for indices EU/UK regulatory roundup Luxembourg update Ireland update Asia Pacific The … Continue Reading

Singapore FinTech Festival 2019 – key takeaways

Partners from our global FinTech team flew in from Hong Kong, Vancouver, London, Dallas, Johannesburg and Melbourne to join our Singapore team at the SFF 2019 (Singapore FinTech Festival) 11-13 November. The SFF is the world’s largest annual FinTech conference, bringing together over 45,000 FinTech enthusiasts to explore, collaborate and discuss the future of FinTech. … Continue Reading

FINTRAC to publicly name violators of anti-money laundering rules

FINTRAC to publicly name violators of anti-money laundering rules Recently, the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) published certain changes to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA) requiring FINTRAC to make public all administrative monetary penalties (AMPs) imposed. These changes are reflected in FINTRAC’s AMP policy (AMP … Continue Reading

New webinar series: Global asset management regulation

To be successful with the launch of an overseas fund, asset managers need to familiarize themselves with legal structures and operational differences as well as an array of regulatory requirements, which can differ between investors and jurisdictions. Our global financial services regulatory team have launched an on-demand webinar series exploring the key issues and requirements … Continue Reading

Updated briefing slides: Doing business in the EU

We have recently updated our briefing slides on the measures that Member States are implementing for a no-deal Brexit. In particular, the slides include a new section on Luxembourg and updates to the following jurisdictions: Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Finland and Spain. The briefing slides can be accessed here. Our Brexit Pathfinder hub is a … Continue Reading

New webinar recording – Brexit: the final countdown?

The recording from our latest 40 minute briefing webinar is now available. In this webinar our London team discuss what they are seeing in the market as firms make their preparations for a no deal Brexit. They also cover the PRA and FCA temporary transitional relief powers and ask the question of what legal and … Continue Reading

Canada’s proposed oversight framework for retail payments

The 2019 Budget includes a proposal to introduce legislation to implement a new retail payment oversight framework in order to regulate payment service providers (PSPs) in Canada. While the budget provides few details about the proposed regulatory framework, we expect that it will be based on a 2017 discussion paper released by the Department of … Continue Reading

New anti-money laundering rules in Canada: A brief impact analysis

The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) recently released the final version of the regulations amending the Regulations to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (as amended, the Regulations). The Regulations govern anti-money laundering (AML) rules in Canada.  The changes in the Regulations are quite substantial and, given … Continue Reading

OSFI proposes changes to the Foreign Bank Branch Deposit Requirement

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has proposed revisions to Guideline A-10, the “Foreign Bank Branch Deposit Requirement”, (the Guideline), formerly known as the Capital Equivalency Deposit.  The revisions to the Guidelines address regulatory standards for authorized foreign banks’ minimum deposit to be held in trust. The revisions include changes to the Guideline … Continue Reading

Open Banking around the world | A global comparative guide

The UK continues to be the global pioneer in open banking through the implementation of the EU PSD2 and the CMA open banking initiative. However, through regulatory reforms and/or market-led initiatives, many jurisdictions are now catching up. Working with our colleagues across the globe, we have produced a comparative guide to open banking as part … Continue Reading

Beneficial ownership requirements for federally incorporated entities soon to come into effect

Starting June 13, 2019, private companies that are incorporated under the Canada Business Corporations Act (the “CBCA”) will have to establish a securities register detailing all “individuals with significant control” over the corporation (the “ISC Register”) in accordance with Bill C 86, the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2.  The purpose of the ISC Register … Continue Reading

Consensus New York & Blockchain week – key takeaways

Partners from our global FinTech team flew in from Hong Kong, Vancouver, London and Dallas to join our New York team to attend Consensus and Blockchain week in NYC (13-15 May).  Consensus is an annual global conference which brings together the world’s most innovative minds to explore and debate the future of blockchain and crypto. … Continue Reading

New oversight framework proposed for Canada’s payments system

In the 2019 federal budget, the government has proposed new legislation to help implement a new retail payments oversight framework that will enable retail payment services providers (PSPs) to continue to offer innovation in services, while remaining reliable and safe. The global payments landscape is rapidly changing as innovative technologies are challenging traditional payments systems. … Continue Reading

Open Banking in Canada – current regulatory insights

Open banking is a safe and secure technology that allows consumers to enable banks to disseminate their information to third party services providers.  As a concept, open banking is more developed in other countries such as the United Kingdom (the UK) and Australia.  In Canada, the concept is steadily evolving and is still being deliberated … Continue Reading

FINTRAC introduces tools to assist reporting entities with AML obligations

Recently, the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) announced the introduction of a set of tools (the Tools) aimed at supporting Canadian reporting entities (REs), including financial institutions, in meeting their obligations under the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (the Act). The Tools include FINTRAC’s compliance framework, FINTRAC’s … Continue Reading

Bill C-86 Strengthens Bank Act’s Consumer Protection Regime

In March 2018, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada released findings of their review of domestic bank retail sales practices, concluding that banking culture focused on selling products and services increased the risk that consumer interests were not being given proper weight. Following release of these findings, Bill C-86 was introduced and received royal assent … Continue Reading

OSFI proposes changes to the Liquidity Adequacy Requirements

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has issued proposed revisions (the Revisions) to certain chapters of the Liquidity Adequacy Requirements (LAR) guidelines. The LAR set out the framework that Canadian deposit-taking institutions (DTIs) must follow to mitigate the risk of a stressed environment leading to insufficient liquidity. The Revisions are a response … Continue Reading

Emerging Fintech innovation trends propelled by a global initiative

The Global Financial Innovation Network (GFIN), a network of 29 state financial sector regulators and supervisors committed to supporting financial innovation in the interests of consumers, including Quebec’s Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) and the Ontario Securities Commission, has announced the launch of a pilot phase of cross-border testing and knowledge sharing initiative for Fintech … Continue Reading

Canadian House of Commons tables a Modern Slavery Bill

On 13 December 2018, a private members Bill entitled “Modern Slavery Act” was tabled in the Canadian House of Commons. The Bill, if passed, would require certain corporations linked to Canada to report on the measures they take to prevent and reduce the risk of forced or child labour in their businesses and supply chains.  … Continue Reading

FINTRAC amplifies requirements for Suspicious Transaction Reporting

The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) has recently updated its industry guidance (Revised Guidance) in relation to the filing of suspicious transaction reports (STRs). The Revised Guidance reflects FINTRAC’s increased expectations as to certain key requirements for filing STRs. Reporting entities, including financial entities, are encouraged to revisit their current approach … Continue Reading

Lloyd’s of London announces that it does not consider insuring Canadian cannabis risks a breach of UK money laundering legislation

The production of recreational cannabis was legalised in Canada in October 2018. As a consequence, UK corporates and financial institutions wishing to invest or be involved in activity relating to Canadian cannabis businesses face a real obstacle: doing so could technically constitute a criminal offence under UK money laundering legislation (see our previous blog here). … Continue Reading
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