United States

Topic: Regulation and compliance

Subscribe to Regulation and compliance RSS feed

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

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

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 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

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

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

US Congressional subcommittee expands its investigation into FinTech companies and pandemic fraud

Like the US Department of Justice, Congress is sharpening its focus on lenders and FinTech companies who facilitated pandemic-relief programs. In the latest development, the United States House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis issued letters to two companies demanding documents and responses to specific questions. It is clear that investigations into pandemic-relief fraud are … 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

The UK TPR is ending – what should EU firms do next?

The recording of our recent webinar ‘The UK TPR is ending – what should EU firms do next’ is now available. The webinar, which is targeted both at standalone EU firms using the temporary permissions regime (TPR) and at EU firms using the TPR who are within those groups with a UK presence, covers the … 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

UK vs US Enforcement Approaches: A comparison

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have recently reiterated their focus on fighting corporate crime (see here and here our more detailed articles on these developments). In particular, the US authorities have: renewed their focus on holding individuals accountable for corporate crime (as well as companies); committed to … 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

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

Access the October 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 SEC … Continue Reading

The FATF publish its high-level synopsis of the stocktake in regards to the unintended consequences of the FATF Standards

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) launched a project in February 2021 which studies and mitigates the unintended consequences resulting from the incorrect implementation of the FATF Standards. There are four areas of focus for this project which are: de-risking; financial exclusion; undue targeting of NPOs; and curtailment of human rights (with a focus on due … Continue Reading
LexBlog