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FATF public statement on revisions to Recommendation 24

On 7 March 2022, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) issued a public statement regarding amendments it had adopted to Recommendation 24 and its Interpretative Notes on 4 March 2022. The Recommendation requires countries to prevent the misuse of legal persons for money laundering or terrorist financing and to ensure that there is adequate, accurate … Continue Reading

Monthly Global FinTech regulatory updater

Every month we provide the Global Blockchain Business Council’s Post-Trade Distributed Ledger group with a global regulatory FinTech updater, the latest version of which can be found here. Post Trade Distributed Ledger (PTDL) Group is composed of over 40 prominent market infrastructure stakeholders whose shared vision of the use of distributed ledger technology has brought … 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

Financial Institutions and the hybrid work environment

The onset of the pandemic in March 2020 forced financial institutions (FIs) across the world to change their working practices. Large numbers of employees moved from working in an office five days a week to working from home as countries locked down. Today, it appears unlikely that FIs will return to their previous working models … 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

Assessment of Risks to Financial Stability from Crypto-assets

On 16 February 2022, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published its report, ‘Assessment of Risks to Financial Stability from Crypto-assets’. The report examines developments and associated vulnerabilities relating to three segments of crypto-asset markets which are, unbacked crypto-assets, stablecoins, and decentralised finance and crypto-asset trading platforms. The report also highlights a number of vulnerabilities associated … Continue Reading

Research shows huge increase in use of DeFi protocols for money laundering

Blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis have recently published the results of research showing that there has been a huge increase in the use of decentralised finance (DeFi) protocols to launder money over the last year. DeFi is an emerging financial technology based on secure distributed ledgers similar to those used by cryptocurrencies. In 2021, there was … Continue Reading

Implementing Basel III

On 8 February 2022, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) published a speech by its Chair, Pablo Hernández de Cos, entitled ‘Implementing Basel III’. Key points in the speech include: An open global financial system requires a set of global minimum and consistent prudential standards. A failure to achieve this could result in … Continue Reading

NRF contributes chapter to GIR’s Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations

The UK and US white-collar crime teams have again authored the chapter Production of Information to the Authorities in the sixth and latest edition of Global Investigations Review – The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations. Information requests from regulators continue to raise a host of complex legal and practical issues for entities and individuals. The chapter sets … Continue Reading

Not Fair, But Not False

On January 27, 2022, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit acquitted two former traders, Matthew Connolly and Gavin Campbell Black, who had been convicted by a jury for wire fraud as well as conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud in a scheme to manipulate the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”).  … Continue Reading

Fraud-related investigations and their impact on financial institutions

Since the pandemic began in March 2020, there has been a rise in fraudulent behaviour as fraudsters look to take advantage of members of the public and financial institutions (FIs). Phishing, text scams and small-scale fraudulent activity targeting the British public were up 285% in the first half of 2021; HM Revenue and Customs estimates … 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 measures to address risks arising from digitalisation of retail marketing and distribution

On 17 January 2022, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a consultation report intended to assist its members in adapting their regulatory and enforcement approaches to meet the challenges posed by recent technological developments and the rapid growth in digitalisation and use of social media which is changing the way financial products are … Continue Reading

Monthly Global FinTech regulatory updater

Every month we provide the Global Blockchain Business Council’s Post-Trade Distributed Ledger group with a global regulatory FinTech updater, the latest version of which can be found here. Post Trade Distributed Ledger (PTDL) Group is composed of over 40 prominent market infrastructure stakeholders whose shared vision of the use of distributed ledger technology has brought … 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

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

Access the December issue for an overview of FINRA and SEC regulatory developments of interest to broker-dealers. Glen Barrentine is Of Counsel in the Denver 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 … Continue Reading

FSB publishes two papers designed to assist resolution planning for insurers

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has published two papers designed to assist resolution planning for insurance companies. The papers are practices papers on Resolution Funding for Insurers and Internal Interconnectedness in Resolution Planning for Insurers. Resolution Funding for Insurers. This practices paper considers different sources of resolution funding including policyholder protection schemes and standalone resolution … Continue Reading

Financial Institutions – Regulatory outlook for 2022

As 2021 draws to a close, we look ahead to the trends and new requirements that we may see over the next twelve months for financial institutions (FIs) in the white collar crime sphere as regulators, legislators and individuals continue to adapt to the pandemic and prevailing public opinion. 1. An increase in fraud-related investigations … Continue Reading

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to our readers

To all of our global readers we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We will resume posting material following the festive period on 6 January 2021 although if there are any significant developments we will endeavour to provide an update.… Continue Reading

The Council of the IFSB has adopted two new standards

On 10 December 2021, the Council of the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) adopted two new standards: IFSB-23: Revised Capital Adequacy Standard for Institutions offering Islamic Financial Services (IIFS). IFSB-23 was developed to align the IFSB’s guidance on capital adequacy for the banking sector with the latest updates to global capital standards, particularly those issued … Continue Reading

FSB global monitoring report on non-bank financial intermediation

On 16 December 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published the Global Monitoring Report on Non-Bank Financial Intermediation 2021. The report presents the results of the FSB’s annual monitoring exercise to assess global trends and risks in non-bank financial intermediation (NBFI). In contrast to the trend over the past decade, the NBFI sector grew less … Continue Reading

U.S. Strategy on Countering Corruption: Key points for international companies

On 6 December 2021, the Biden Administration released its strategy on countering corruption (the Strategy) along with an accompanying fact sheet, building on President Biden’s earlier announcement that he viewed the fight against corruption as one of the core U.S. national security priorities.  The five-point strategy places particular focus on a coordinated international approach to … Continue Reading

ISDA paper – Contractual Standards for Digital Asset Derivatives

On 14 December 2021, the ISDA published a paper ‘Contractual Standards for Digital Asset Derivatives’. The paper: Identifies novel technology and market-driven events that could disrupt the operation of a digital asset derivatives transaction and provides a framework for dealing with these events. Explores how digital assets (and the derivatives that reference them) can be … Continue Reading

A draft framework for money laundering/terrorist financing risk assessment of a remittance

On 13 December 2021, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank published a report setting out a draft framework and methodology for risk assessment in remittance corridors having the potential of being identified as “safe remittance corridors”. At its October 2020 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting, the G20 endorsed the Roadmap … Continue Reading
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