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FINTRAC revises expectations for reporting entities amid pandemic

The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) recently provided guidance (the Guidance) to reporting entities in connection with their continuing obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Guidance, FINTRAC acknowledged that reporting entities may have to reassign and reprioritize their internal resources in response to the pandemic, which may in turn affect … Continue Reading

OSFI proposes measures to support resilience amid pandemic

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has announced measures intended to support federally regulated financial institutions (FRFIs) and improve the stability of the Canadian economy and financial system in response to challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and current market conditions: Domestic Stability Buffer set to 1.00% of risk weighted assets. Originally, … Continue Reading

Liability concerns in the eSports and video gaming industry

The eSports industry is on track to surpass $1 billion in revenue this year. Titans in this industry use different product-control strategies for eSports tournaments. For example, a category of publishers vertically integrate with their premier eSports titles and maintain complete licensing control. Another category gives third parties complete freedom to organize eSports tournaments with … Continue Reading

Open Banking in Canada: part 2 – further regulatory insights

Further to our previous post which introduces the concept of open banking and how Canada is approaching it, the Department of Finance, through its Advisory Committee on Open Banking (the Committee), has completed its initial review (the First Phase Review) which focused on: (i) the ways in which open banking would provide meaningful benefits and … Continue Reading

OSFI delays implementation of Basel III operational risk capital requirements

The Office of Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) stated recently that it is in the process of revising its capital requirements for operational risk applicable to deposit-taking institutions (DTIs) to reflect the final Basel III revisions published by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision in December 2017. OSFI confirmed that the implementation of the revised … 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

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

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 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

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

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

OSFI issues final guideline on asset securitization

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has issued a final version of Guideline B-5: Asset Securitization (the Guideline), which sets out OSFI’s general expectations for asset securitization transactions undertaken by federally regulated insurance companies. The existing guideline on asset securitization was first published in November 2004, and does not adequately account for … Continue Reading

OSFI issues final corporate governance guidelines

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has issued its final version of the Corporate Governance Guideline (CGG). The CGG sets out OSFI’s expectations for boards of directors of federally regulated financial institutions (FRFIs). The CGG applies to all FRFIs other than the Canadian branch operations of foreign banks and insurance companies. The … Continue Reading

CSA confirms position on bail-in implications

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently released two notices on the implementation and regulation of the Canadian bail-in regime, namely: CSA Staff Notice 46-309, in connection with the regulation of Bail-in Debt (as defined below); and CSA Staff Notice 81-331, in connection with the implications of the bail-in regime on investment fund issuers, subject to … Continue Reading

OSFI proposes changes to the leverage requirements guideline

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has released proposed revisions to the Leverage Requirements (LR) guideline in order to align with upcoming modifications to Chapter 4 (Settlement and Counterparty Risk) and Chapter 7 (Securitization) of the Capital Adequacy Requirements (CAR) guideline. The LR set out the framework for the leverage ratio, which … Continue Reading

Implementation of the final Basel III reforms in Canada – request for comments

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has released a discussion paper on the proposed implementation of the final Basel III reforms in Canada. The reforms were published in December 2017 and, in summary, seek to: Enhance credibility in the calculation of risk-weighted assets. Improve the comparability and transparency of banks’ capital ratios. … Continue Reading

OSFI confirms higher capital for Domestic Systemically Important Banks

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has provided greater transparency to the market surrounding the Domestic Stability Buffer (the DSB) currently held by Domestic Systemically Important Banks (D-SIBs) in a bid to guard against Pillar 2 risks associated with systemic vulnerabilities.  OSFI revealed last week that D-SIBs must hold an extra cushion, … Continue Reading

New client briefing note – Bill 141: the most significant changes for Quebec’s financial sector in decades

On October 5, 2017, Quebec Minister of Finance, Mr. Carlos Leitão, tabled in the National Assembly Bill 141 which will have significant effects on all institutions and intermediaries active in Quebec’s financial sector. To learn more please see our new online client briefing note.… Continue Reading

OSFI revises transaction instructions for regulatory approvals

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), the federal financial institutions prudential regulator, has posed seven revised transactions instructions on its website. Transaction instructions set out OSFI’s requirements for information and documents in connection with applications for approval under federal financial institutions statutes, and may include guidance from OSFI related to the application. … Continue Reading

FCAC and IIROC to join forces

On September 12, 2017, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), two otherwise independent regulators, announced that they signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to coordinate regulatory oversight and strengthen consumer/investor protection. We have made inquiries and have learned that the MOU is not publicly available; … Continue Reading
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