On 21st March, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision released a consultation on its upcoming guidance for the external audit of banks. Auditors have been tarred, along with institutions like credit rating agencies, with having a hand in the poor practices that led to the 2008 financial crisis. The BCBS’ guidance is aimed at distancing


The long anticipated and much discussed new German high-frequency trading (HFT) law is now formally with us. In brief, Germany has introduced an authorisation regime for entities conducting HFT, but with significant extra-territorial consequences. The law has been passed by the Bundesrat and waits to be signed into law by the German President (probably at


In the past two weeks, the EBA has issued several consultation papers on the technical standards under the 4th Capital Requirements Directive (CRD IV).  One of the papers concerned an important question:  When are firms required to report changes to their rating systems and internal models? The answer:  Pretty much all the time.  Between the


The newly formed LEI ‘Regulatory Oversight Committee’ (ROC) has released its first progress note. In the time between its formation, the election of members and the handover from the Financial Stability Board (FSB) in January this year, the ROC has been making significant progress. The newly formed LEI ‘Regulatory Oversight Committee’ (ROC) has released its


Over the past few years, global regulators have introduced new measures aimed at improving transparency. Most of their focus has been on getting a consistent, global view for the supervisors to monitor more granular risks, as evidenced by the BCBS’ Risk Data Aggregation and Reporting Principles and Basel III/CRD IV. One thing everyone knows from


Yesterday, 4th March, the Council published a compromise proposal detailing a possible final draft of the Recovery and Resolution Directive (RRD). Firms can breathe a mild sigh of relief as the document relents on some of the most stringent requirements. However, the proposal extends the rules in other areas creating a mixed picture overall. The


Libor, Euribor, Tibor, Noribor…  Fines of $1.5 billion, £390 million and more expected across the globe …Fallout from benchmark manipulation is not new news, but the way in which we are driving towards new benchmarking regimes is.  Why? Benchmarks are at the very core of the financial markets and even slight regulatory variances can result


The LEI: between a ROC and hard decisions

As the global method of identifying entities and their ownership structures, the Legal Entity Identifier forms a central part of the G20’s crisis-prevention toolbox. After a few chaotic years of LEI debate and design, regulators are finally nearing the long anticipated starting line for use of the world’s first singular identifier. The LEI is of


Outsourcing: increasingly risky business?

More stringent restrictions on outsourcing arrangements affecting all suppliers could lead to increased costs across the board for financial services firms. Since the 1980s, outsourcing has been a way to leverage global wage imbalances to lower the cost/income ratios of the banking industry. The rules of the game changed in 2007, with MiFID controlling how


Data protection: the next Y2K?

Conflicting demands of European data privacy and US intelligence gathering legislation are coming together to make the issue a serious problem for banking technologists. Transatlantic friction over data protection isn’t exactly a new problem – the industry has been faced with pending regulations from the US and EU for over a decade.   Until recently