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Attention, âmes dirigeantes : l’imputabilité individuelle est la « priorité absolue » du Department of Justice des États-Unis dans le cadre des poursuites relatives aux crimes d’entreprise

Les dirigeants et administrateurs canadiens devraient bien prendre en note les changements de priorités en matière d’application des dispositions pénales aux États-Unis. Dans de récents discours lors de la tenue de la 37e édition du National Institute on White Collar Crime de l’ABA, le procureur général des États-Unis, Merrick Garland, et le procureur général adjoint, Kenneth … Continue Reading

Directing minds beware: individual accountability is US DOJ’s “first priority” in prosecuting corporate crimes

Canadian officers and directors should take note of shifting criminal enforcement priorities in the US. In recent addresses to the ABA’s 37th National Institute on White Collar Crime, US AG Merrick Garland and Assistant AG Kenneth Polite Jr. confirmed that in prosecuting corporate crime, the US DOJ’s “first priority” is the individuals responsible for the … Continue Reading

Borders blur in the regulation of digital assets

Once a far-off concept, digital assets, including cryptocurrency, have grown dramatically, achieving over US$3 trillion in value last November with no signs of slowing. Extraterritorial application of foreign laws is an emerging concern as cryptocurrency regulations take shape in other countries, notably the United States. While cryptocurrency regulations have yet to develop in Canada, Canadian … Continue Reading

Les frontières s’estompent en matière de réglementation des actifs numériques

Autrefois un concept obscur, les actifs numériques, dont les cryptomonnaies, ont connu une croissance spectaculaire, réalisant une valeur de plus de 3 T$ US en novembre dernier sans le moindre signe de ralentissement. L’application extraterritoriale des lois étrangères est une préoccupation émergente alors que des règlements sur les cryptomonnaies sont mis en œuvre dans d’autres pays, notamment … Continue Reading

Avis du ministère de la Justice américain sur une violation en vertu de la FCPA – est-ce que cela se produirait au Canada?

Avis du ministère de la Justice américain sur une violation en vertu de la FCPA – est-ce que cela se produirait au Canada? En janvier, le ministère de la Justice américain (Ministère) a rendu un avis à une société américaine sur la question de savoir si le fait de payer un tiers pour la libération … Continue Reading

DOJ opinion on FCPA breach – would this happen in Canada?

In January, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) issued an opinion to a US company on whether paying a third party for release of its employees would breach the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).[1] The DOJ said it would not bring charges against the company if it made a payment to prevent imminent threat to … Continue Reading

“Follow the (AML) Leader” – Canada’s Beneficial Ownership Registry in Global Context, Part 2

Canada’s new beneficial ownership registry is slated to arrive in 2023 but the details remain uncertain. One way for corporations to prepare for these changes is by looking at how similar registries operate in other jurisdictions. Canada has been criticized for having a relatively weak AML regime. Experts indicate that casinos, real estate, and shell … Continue Reading

FSB Chair’s letter to G20 outlines financial stability issues arising from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

On 20 April 2022, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a letter from its chair, Klaas Knot, to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors ahead of their meeting on 20 April. The letter notes that the Russian invasion of Ukraine triggered large price fluctuations in global financial markets. Thus far, the global financial stability … Continue Reading

FSB welcomes smooth transition from LIBOR

On 5 April 2022, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) issued a statement welcoming the smooth transition away from LIBOR at the end of last year. The FSB also reminds firms that given the significant use of USD LIBOR globally, they should have plans in place to ensure their preparedness for the cessation of the USD … Continue Reading

FSB work programme for 2022

On 31 March 2022, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published its work programme for 2022. Priority areas for the FSB include: Supporting international cooperation and coordination on current financial stability issues. Against the backdrop of the Russia-Ukraine conflict and its economic impacts, the FSB is reinforcing its forward-looking monitoring to identify, assess and address new … Continue Reading

IOSCO consults on recent retail investor trends and related conduct implications

On 21 March 2022, the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a consultation report that seeks comments on the issues identified in an earlier report by its Retail Market Conduct Task Force (RMCTF) which focussed on the retail conduct implications of COVID-19. The RMCTF report was largely based on a survey which highlighted some … Continue Reading

Russian sanctions – practical guidance for regulated firms

We recently published a blog reporting on governance considerations for regulated firms in relation to Russian sanctions. As the sanctions landscape continues to evolve, impacted firms operating in different jurisdictions are grappling with overlapping and differing requirements, and global firms will need to ensure a coordinated approach across their operations. We have set out below … Continue Reading

FSB Chair outlines work priorities for 2022 to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors

On 17 February 2022, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a letter from its chair detailing its policy work during 2022. The letter was submitted to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors ahead of their 17-18 February meeting. The letter highlights the current challenges of promoting global financial resilience during the transition to a … Continue Reading

IOSCO good practices aim to foster cooperation through global supervisory colleges

On 18 January 2022, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued a final report on lessons learned from the use of global supervisory colleges. The report is based on previous IOSCO work on market fragmentation and provides a framework for securities regulators seeking to create new global supervisory colleges for sectors of financial markets … Continue Reading

IOSCO consults on lessons learned from the operational resilience of trading venues and market intermediaries during the pandemic

On 13 January 2022, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued a consultation report seeking feedback on the lessons learned regarding the operational resilience of trading venues and market intermediaries during the COVID-19 pandemic. The consultation report concludes that these regulated entities largely proved to be operationally resilient and continued to serve their clients … Continue Reading

FSB seeks feedback on how existing national and regional data frameworks affect cross-border data flows

On 10 December 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) launched an online survey as part of its work under Building Block 6 of the Roadmap for enhancing Cross-border Payments. The FSB intends to use the survey to gather stakeholders’ feedback in order to better understand how requirements applicable to data could affect (either enabling or … Continue Reading

ABC Compliance Survey 2021: five key areas to consider enhancements

Since the UK Bribery Act 2010 came into force in July 2011, standards and scope of anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) compliance programmes have evolved significantly in many jurisdictions. Norton Rose Fulbright recently carried out a global survey to assess how companies’ ABC compliance programmes compare against current global best practice expectations, as documented in guidance … Continue Reading

IOSCO consultation report – The use of innovation facilitators in growth and emerging markets

On 7 December 2021, the International Organization of Securities Commissions issued a consultation report, The use of innovation facilitators in growth and emerging markets. The consultation report covers three types of innovation facilitators: innovation hubs, regulatory sandboxes, and regulatory accelerators. The consultation report proposes four recommendations for emerging market member jurisdictions to consider when setting … Continue Reading

FSB report on good practices for Crisis Management Groups

On 30 November 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) issued a report on good practices for Crisis Management Groups (CMGs). The report sets out good practices that have helped CMGs to enhance preparedness for the management and resolution of a cross-border financial crisis affecting a global systemically important bank (G-SIB) consistent with the FSB’s Key … Continue Reading

Global Asset Management Quarterly – New issue

The latest issue of our Global Asset Management Quarterly publication is now available. In this issue we cover: Europe European update EU/UK regulatory roundup United Kingdom The new regime for preferential taxation of qualifying asset holding companies Luxembourg Luxembourg update Australia Australian Federal Government commits to the new corporate collective investment vehicle (CCIV) regime with … Continue Reading

Effective Implementation of FSB Principles for Sound Compensation Practices and Implementation Standards 2021 progress report

On 4 November 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) issued a progress report on the implementation of its Principles for Sound Compensation Practices (Principles) and their Implementation Standards in financial institutions. The progress report focusses on: The effectiveness of compensation frameworks. While in-year adjustments and malus are commonly used, the use of clawback is not … 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

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
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