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Brexit and financial services: what we know so far
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11 May
2018

Brexit and financial services: what we know so far

  • 11th May 2018
  • Tom Bicknell

One of the key conclusions reached at our Capital Markets conference on 7 March  was that regulatory divergence as a potential consequence of Brexit is currently one of the main worries for financial firms. When polled, 53% of our audience indicated that Brexit will be their next significant regulatory challenge. This anxiety derives mainly from..

04 May
2018

SONIA and LIBOR: The end of an infamous benchmark

  • 4th May 2018
  • Tom Bicknell

On 23rd April, the Bank of England took over the administration of the benchmark rate known as SONIA (Sterling Overnight Index Average), and issued a series of reforms to the well-established benchmark as part of its implementation as a replacement to LIBOR. As a consequence of the LIBOR scandal in 2012, a Bank of England..

27 Apr
2018

Latest RegBeacon published

2018 has started at quite a pace, with running our biggest conference yet, pressing forward with our SIGs and RegTech Council collaboration as well as onboarding new RegDelta clients. Our Q1 message to the industry is that the RegTech agenda is starting to make real progress, however the ‘end’ is still far from sight. In..

24 Apr
2018

Breaking down the banks: why firms are putting themselves at risk unless they overhaul their operational structures

In our previous article Trade Surveillance: restructuring the business landscape[1] we identified how holistic regulatory requirements are forcing banks to re-consider the makeup of their operational structures. Our follow-up research has revealed the severity of the situation and how the industry is reacting too slowly. Trade surveillance, if not executed correctly, can result in financial..

23 Apr
2018

New regulatory fines to penalise bad culture?

The CEO of a major bank admits wrong-doing and pays a fine in the UK, while the NY DFS still mulls the case over. The same day, a different CEO has to tell his shareholders that his bank will pay $1 billion fine for poor practices. Quite a different result for breaking a rule. With..

20 Apr
2018

GDPR compliance and Practical Law’s new data processor clauses

The GDPR broadens and deepens the rules between data controllers and data processors for processing of personal data and for the first time, directly enforceable obligations are imposed on processors as well as controllers. The GDPR also requires that controllers and processors enter into written contracts (“C2P Clauses”). Practical Law recently published its data processing..

13 Apr
2018

What has AI ever done for us?

This piece looks at the developing role of Artificial Intelligence in Legal Services. At the moment, legal AI is at the “frothy” part of the hype cycle. It’s a bit like the scene What did the Romans ever do for us? in the film the Life of Brian, but in reverse. The scene’s premise is..

12 Apr
2018

Trends in information technology law: looking ahead to 2018

This piece looks ahead to what we might expect as IT law developments in 2018. Unusually as we go into a new year, the main headlines of what IT lawyers can expect in 2018 are signposted at the outset: new financial services laws in January, the GDPR in May and looking ahead to Brexit in..

10 Apr
2018

Semantics: The future of rule books and policy controls

A key focus of our RegTech Capital Markets conference this year was ‘the future of rule books and policy controls’. To discuss this topic, we assembled a panel of experts including Paul North, Head of Product Management EMEA at BNY Mellon, Alan Blanchard, Senior Associate and Handbook Publisher at the FCA, Mark Sweeting, Head of Strategic Change, Basel Measurement..

09 Apr
2018

Breaking down barriers: the new holistic surveillance paradigm

  • 9th April 2018
  • Yogini Patel

At this year’s RegTech Capital Markets Conference a debate took place on the benefits of using RegTech for trade surveillance in the context of the evolving technical landscape, led by expert industry professionals on compliance and surveillance. Taking into consideration the volume and quality of data firms are expected to monitor, whether the current system..