Tag: Financial Services

New bipartisan bills aim to regulate and promote blockchain and cryptocurrencies

Legislation has been introduced in the US House of Representatives directed at regulating virtual currency.  In a post from the Norton Rose Fulbright Project Finance blog available, Deanne Barrow analyzes the bills. Readers interested in learning more about cryptocurrency can sign up for updates on our FinTech law and regulation page.… Continue Reading

The USMCA – Impact on the financial services sector

On September 30, 2018, Canada and the United States announced they had reached a resolution on certain trade issues and agreed on the text of a new trilateral trade agreement with Mexico to be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Once ratified, the USMCA will replace the longstanding trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). … Continue Reading

CFTC announces proposed rule to streamline certain regulations for commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors

On October 9, 2018, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) proposed changes to the registration and compliance obligations for commodity pool operators (“CPOs”) and commodity trading advisors (“CTAs”) consistent with relief currently provided by various staff letters and advisories. Comments are due sixty (60) days after the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register. … Continue Reading

Hong Kong: HKMA publishes a revised guideline on Virtual Banks

Following a public consultation, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) published a revised Guideline on Authorization of Virtual Banks (the Guideline) on 30 May 2018. The Guideline supersedes the previous guideline issued in 2000 (and updated in 2012). Our blog entry dated 4 March 2018 which provides details of the public consultation can be found … Continue Reading

Tribunal strikes out application by third party in relation to Supervisory Notice

The Tribunal has held that third party rights do not arise in the context of Supervisory Notices, nor do the relevant provisions allow third parties to refer Supervisory Notices to the Tribunal, even where they are identified. Although Parliament has specifically provided for this right in the context of Warning and Decision Notices, it has … Continue Reading

Royal Commission into Misconduct in Financial Services

The much anticipated Royal Commission was no surprise to the Australian banking industry.  What was surprising was the extension of its terms of reference to local and foreign deposit-taking institutions, life and general insurers, superannuation funds, as well as asset managers, financial planning businesses and all other holders of Australian financial services licences.  Let there … Continue Reading

Financial services regulatory: 7 developments to watch in 2017

Happy 2017! Financial services regulation continued to be busy in Canada in 2016. We have prepared this shortlist of pending changes, developments and consultations to watch as we start 2017. 1.  New draft OSFI guideline: enterprise-wide model risk management OSFI released a new draft Guideline E-23 – Enterprise-Wide Model Risk Management on December 21, 2016. … Continue Reading

Australian corporate regulator consults on a proposed ‘regulatory sandbox’ licensing exemption for financial technology start-ups

Encouraging innovation in financial services has been a key policy initiative of the Federal Government in recent times. In its May budget, the Treasurer announced a plan to create a technologically driven and innovation-based economy. The Australian corporate and conduct regulator, ASIC, has driven this commitment to innovation. In April 2015, it established its ‘Innovation … Continue Reading

Federal Budget 2016 – Financial Services Regulatory Update

On March 22nd, the recently elected Liberal Government introduced its first budget since being elected last October.  In the Budget Plan, the Government has promised certain measures that will be relevant to banks, insurance companies and other providers of financial services and products.  Most of the proposed measures are similar to proposals that were raised … Continue Reading

SEC Provides Enforcement Overview for 2015 Fiscal Year

The SEC provided an overview of significant actions that were brought by the SEC’s Division of Enforcement in 2015.  The SEC filed 807 enforcement actions in the 2015 fiscal year and obtained orders totaling approximately $4.2 billion in disgorgement and penalties, slightly higher than the 755 enforcement actions and orders totaling $4.16 billion in disgorgement … Continue Reading

Officers should face civil sanctions for poor firm culture, says ASIC

ASIC continues to reshape its approach to enforcement, with the focus on disclosure having shifted sharply in the last year to a focus on delivering better consumer outcomes. In the last 12 months, we have been discussing ASIC’s use of behavioural economic theory and the spectre of UK regulation that underpins ASIC’s drive towards product … Continue Reading

Financial Services Tomorrow…

We are on the cusp of a new era in the evolution of the financial services industry. New technology, data analytics and behavioural economics are promising to revolutionise the customer experience. If the regulators remove the regulatory barriers, then using multi-media to deliver mandated and voluntary disclosure in different formats and through different devices will … Continue Reading

CFTC deputy director provides guidance on CFTC examinations

On April 21, 2015, Kevin Piccoli, the deputy director of examinations for the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (“DSIO”) at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) spoke at SIFMA’s Compliance and Legal Division lunch. In his remarks, he provided insight on the DSIO’s examination priorities and process, and how the staff coordinates with … Continue Reading

Crucial next steps for the Murray Inquiry

The next few months provide a crucial opportunity for participants in the Australian financial services industry to influence the final report of the Australian Financial System Inquiry, headed by David Murray. The Interim Report has generated a lot of debate around the role of vertically integrated groups, the favourable funding and regulatory position of the … Continue Reading

ASIC releases six-monthly enforcement report: 256 enforcement outcomes and plenty more in the pipeline

ASIC, which is Australia’s corporate, markets and financial services regulator, has over the last six months achieved a bumper 256 enforcement outcomes designed to protect consumers and enhance the fairness and efficiency of the financial markets.  These enforcement outcomes included criminal, civil and administrative actions in addition to negotiated outcomes such as enforceable undertakings. While … Continue Reading

Inadequate professional indemnity insurance endangers AFS licences

Is your professional indemnity insurance adequate? If not, you may be jeopardising your Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) and in turn your entire business. ASIC recently cancelled a number of AFSLs due to inadequate professional indemnity arrangements. This is despite changes to the law that have been with us for more than a decade. Since … Continue Reading

Whistleblowers, fraud and corruption: What’s on the horizon?

Incentivising whisteblowers could be an easy first step for the Australian Government if it were to heed the call by the recent Senate Economics References Committee for a more pro-active approach to fraud.  Currently, Australia has no incentivised whistleblower programs. The prospect of a reward for whistleblowers would see a sharp rise in the number … Continue Reading

Australian Treasury’s retirement income stream review

There are three major issues life insurance companies and superannuation trustees need to consider regarding the Australian Treasury Department’s recent discussion paper on the review of retirement product regulation. First is whether the current regulations for annuity and pension products impede the development of new and innovative products. The second issue is if, and how, … Continue Reading
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