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Financial services monthly wrap-up – April 2021

During April 2021, ASIC has used its product intervention powers to ban the sale of binary options to retail clients, as well as to extend temporary relief instruments amidst COVID-19. ASIC has also urged claims handling firms to lodge licences by next month. The superannuation sector has seen the release of exposure draft regulations to … Continue Reading

Financial services monthly wrap-up – March 2021

March 2021 has seen the release of legislative reforms to advice fee consent and lack of independence disclosure by financial advisers. ASIC has clarified its position on virtual AGMs and released an interim report on competition in the managed funds industry. APRA has urged life insurers and superannuation funds to ensure their insurance offerings and … Continue Reading

Legal update – Australia | Financial services monthly wrap-up: February 2021

The month of February 2021 has seen continued momentum for a raft of changes affecting financial services providers from various industries. APRA has released its new policies and priorities for 2021, which have a particular focus on the impacts of COVID-19 and seek to strengthen the financial services sector in dealing with future crises. The ‘Your … Continue Reading

Financial services monthly wrap-up: December 2020 to January 2021

The months of December 2020 and January 2021 have been a busy time in the funds management, superannuation and insurance sector. In particular, ASIC has released its final Regulatory Guide 274 Product design and distribution obligations, which will bring industry-wide changes to how financial products are formed, promoted and marketed. The impact of COVID-19 has … Continue Reading

ASIC releases practical field guide on consumer-centred remediation programs

To help licensees design and execute consumer-centred remediation programs, ASIC has recently released a practical field guide titled ‘Making it right: How to run a consumer-centred remediation’ (the Field Guide). A consumer-centred remediation is one that puts the interests of consumers at the heart of every stage of the remediation. The Field Guide outlines the … Continue Reading

AFM publishes guidelines for IPIDs

On 27 October 2020, the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (Autoriteit Financiële Markten, the AFM) published guidelines on the insurance product information document (IPID) which is required under the Insurance Distribution Directive. The guidelines contain the AFM’s most important findings and points for attention following an assessment of various IPIDs of household, liability and … Continue Reading

Financial services monthly wrap-up: July 2020

The month of July 2020 has seen a number of regulatory updates, guides and reminders to the financial services industry addressing the continuing challenges due to the impact of COVID-19. In particular, ASIC has released an update to its Regulatory Guide 97 Disclosing fees and costs in PDSs and periodic statements amending transitional arrangements due to COVID-19, … Continue Reading

FINRA (and selected SEC) regulatory matters at a glance: What compliance officers need to know

Glen Barrentine is Of Counsel in the New York office of Norton Rose Fulbright. His practice focuses broadly on SEC regulated financial service clients, including broker-dealers, securities exchanges, municipal advisors and investment advisers. Glen frequency represents clients in connection with SEC and FINRA enforcement proceedings and other contentious regulatory inquiries, purchases and sales, and the … Continue Reading

Plan to avoid a summer “holiday” regulatory hangover

Businesses have been working very hard to respond to, and deal with, the evolving impacts of Covid-19. The crisis has affected companies in a range of different ways across the spectrum – their governance, culture, sales processes, customer servicing and how they deal with customers that are less resilient, vulnerable and in financial difficulty. All … Continue Reading

Legislative letter AFM for 2020 published

The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (Autoriteit Financiële Markten, the AFM) recently submitted its legislative letter (wetgevingsbrief) for 2020 to the Dutch Minister of Finance (the Minister). This letter is submitted to the Minister annually and sets out the relevant European and national developments relevant to the financial sector and the legislative changes desired … Continue Reading

Financial services monthly wrap-up: March 2020

March 2020 has seen a number of responses from the Government, regulators, associations and industry generally addressing issues and risks from the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). This update includes key regulatory responses in the wake of COVID-19 for the funds and financial services sector. Of the notable developments outside COVID-19, on 10 March 2020 … Continue Reading

FCA Dear CEO Letter to firms providing services to retail investors about coronavirus (COVID-19)

On 31 March 2020, the FCA published a Dear CEO letter to firms providing services to retail investors about coronavirus. The Dear CEO letter covers: client identify verification needs to continue, but firms have flexibility within FCA rules. During this period, the FCA expects firms to continue to comply with their obligations on client identity … Continue Reading

ASIC releases new regulatory framework for foreign financial service providers

On 10 March 2020, ASIC published its media release announcing the new regulatory framework for foreign financial services providers (FFSPs) providing financial services to wholesale clients in Australia. Existing licensing relief has been extended as follows: ASIC has provided a 2 year transition period until 31 March 2022 for FFSPs relying on the sufficient equivalence … Continue Reading

Federal Reserve Board finalizes rule to clarify and simplify “control” under the Bank Holding Company Act

On January 30, 2020, the Federal Reserve Board voted to finalize its April 2019 proposed rule to clarify and simplify the standards under which the Federal Reserve Board determines that one company controls a banking organization or another company. Our post on the April 2019 proposal may be accessed here. The final rule will be … Continue Reading

Financial services monthly wrap up: December 2019 to January 2020

The months of December 2019 and January 2020 have proven to be a busy time for our Government and regulators, with significant changes and proposals for the funds and financial services sector. In particular, Treasury have released 17 bills in response to 22 recommendations made by Commissioner Hayne in the Royal Commission into Misconduct in … Continue Reading

EBA peer review on the application of the RTS on the criteria to identify material risk takers

On 16 January 2020, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a report on the application by Member State competent authorities (NCAs) of the regulatory technical standards (RTS) on the criteria to identify categories of staff whose professional activities have a material impact on an institution’s risk profile. The review shows that, within the EEA, NCAs … Continue Reading

Insurance claims handling soon to be a financial service

Following the release of the Royal Commission final report earlier this year, the Treasury has now released draft legislation that will make insurance claims handling a financial service under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). This will give the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) greater supervisory responsibility over claims handling and require that these activities … Continue Reading

United States imposes additional sanctions involving Russia and Venezuela

The US Government recently imposed additional economic sanctions with respect to Russia and Venezuela. Norton Rose Fulbright has prepared legal updates discussing these developments: US imposes second round of CBW Act sanctions on Russia, authored by Partners Stefan Reisinger and Steven McNabb, Senior Counsel Kimberly Caine, and Associate Wenda Tang in our Washington DC Office. … Continue Reading

FINRA (and selected SEC) regulatory matters at a glance: What compliance officers need to know

Glen Barrentine, who recently joined as Of Counsel in the New York Office of Norton Rose Fulbright, has extensive experience in regulatory, compliance and enforcement issues affecting financial service companies, particularly broker-dealers, investment advisers, municipal advisors, and securities exchanges. He prepares a monthly update on FINRA (and selected SEC) regulatory matters at a glance, focusing … Continue Reading

AFM invites companies to respond to the Principles for Information Security

The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (Autoriteit Financiële Markten, the AFM) has invited market parties to respond to its consultation on the ‘Principles for Information Security’. This policy statement (beleidsuiting) describes the expectations of the AFM with regard to information security as part of the controlled and sound operations of financial institutions and accounting … Continue Reading

AFM takes national measures to prohibit binary options and to restrict the marketing or sales of CFDs

Further to our earlier blog post, the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (Autoriteit Financiële Markten, the AFM) has taken national measures mirroring ESMA’s product intervention measures. These measures – included in two separate Decrees, one dealing with binary options and the other with contracts for differences (CFDs) – were published in the Dutch Government … Continue Reading

AFM publishes MMFR application and notification forms

On 10 October 2018, the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (Autoriteit Financiële Markten, AFM) published the following forms in relation to the Money Market Funds Regulation (MMFR) in its Digital Portal: an application form to be used by managers of alternative investment funds (AIFs) and undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities (UCITS) to … Continue Reading

Draft Markets in Financial Instruments (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

On 18 October 2018, a draft version of the Markets in Financial Instruments (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018, as laid before Parliament, were published on the legislation.gov.uk website. A draft explanatory memorandum has also been published. Our previous blog on the draft statutory instrument can be found here.… Continue Reading

APRA’s review of the superannuation prudential framework

On 23 May 2018 APRA announced that it would conduct a review of the superannuation prudential framework that was introduced in 2013 as part of the Stronger Super reforms.[1] The consultation is scheduled to take place over a four-month period and involve both formal and informal feedback from stakeholders across the superannuation industry. The structure … Continue Reading
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