JWG’s eighth annual conference will be the premier, global event for setting the 2024 RegTech agenda on 7 February in London. Join us to help shape the debate today. Register for 7 February 2024  About the JWG RegTech agenda Long recognised as the first, biggest and most professional public/private sector agenda debate, JWG is continuing


JWG RegTech Beacon 29 published

2023 RegTech Beacon – Guiding your way through regulatory storms  We are delighted to publish the 29th issue of JWG’s RegTech Beacon which now serves as our yearbook and recaps 2022 accomplishments as well as providing an outlook of what lies ahead. Our RegTech outlook is one of collaboration between the front office and its supporting


Join us to set the 2023 RegTech agenda

An all-star cast of 40+ speakers will gather virtually on 9th & 10th November 2022 to set the 2023 RegTech agenda at JWG’s 7th annual premier RegTech conference. Markets have been rocked by turbulence unseen in over a decade and the regulatory agenda has shifted quickly. JWG research has defined 10 panels and worked with the industry to


JWG RegTech Beacon 28 published

RegTech Beacon – Guiding your way through global regulatory storms. We are delighted to publish the 28th issue of JWG’s RegTech Beacon which now serves as our yearbook that recaps 2021 accomplishments and provides an outlook of what lies ahead. Our focus this year is defining the next steps required for a truly digital financial infrastructure. 


2022 RegTech agenda reloaded

1,000 visits to the JWG Annual Conference site are keeping the conversation alive. There is still time to listen to the all-star debate, participate in the debates and help set the 2022 RegTech agenda. 2021 Annual conference On the 16th & 17th November, JWG held its 6th annual and its 1st virtual global conference, where


100+ Organizations have registered for RegTech 2021   JWG has finalized an all-star cast of  37 speakers from the best and the brightest in our space which will be gather virtually on 16th & 17th November 2021. Don’t miss this opportunity to join international firms, the Bank of England, FCA, global regulators and trade associations and top banks,


 We are delighted to reveal more details for our annual conference. With so much happening in this space – make sure that you know what risks are coming and how to tackle them! See details below and sign up now to hear a great cast of regulators, academia, firms and suppliers discussing the next generation


A decade ago, JWG worked with Banking Technology to produce the world’s first RegTech magazine for our sector. We are now delighted to be hosting the 6th annual RegTech / SupTech  Conference on 16 & 17 November 2021 which promises to be one of the most exciting, digital events of the season. Register Here Today Agenda


JWG RegTech Beacon 27 published

RegTech Beacon – Guiding your way through global regulatory storms. 2021 is off to a fast start with regulators redoubling their efforts to police a more digitally enabled market. In this Members newsletter we provide an overview of what JWG has been up to and what lies ahead. Topics covered: New themes for RegCast. We summarize our research on emerging global digital regulatory themes and


It has been a very busy 2021 and it is a very noisy financial services regulatory marketplace. JWG is pleased to be helping to contextualise the strategic issues in play with a new podcast series called RegCast which you can access here.   So what is RegCast? RegCast is an industry spotlight on the business


A UK Government-led forum in its third year. A dynamic and engaging event bringing together the leading public and private sector actors from the UK, China and Southeast Asia to exchange knowledge and innovative practical techniques and solutions to tackle financial crime and related issues. A vibrant and vital interaction between policymakers, regulatory bodies, law


Round the table: ​ Firms: Blackrock, BNP, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, GAM, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Natwest Markets, Railsbank​ Regulator: Companies House, FCA​ Infrastructure: BvD, Ince, SEI​ 25 people will discuss:​ Align our current understanding of 5MLD registry challenges​ Define key challenges for the RegTech Council​ Agree a plan to mutualise the work required to digitize the exchange of data The


By PJ Di Giammarino, CEO JWG and Chair RegTech Council Key points 10 January marked the first day of 5MLD in the EU with new UK procedures announced JWG has been out in front of tough new UBO data quality requirements RegTech offers exciting opportunities to reduce operational pain and increase safety The RegTech Council


On 19th April 2018, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union agreed adopted, in plenary, the amendment of the Fourth EU Anti Money Laundering Directive (Fifth EU Anti Money Laundering Directive (AMLD V)). The revised directive concludes two years of negotiations between several stakeholders; and looks to strengthen the


At JWG we are pleased to announce our involvement with the FCA this month at their AML & Financial Crime International TechSprint. This TechSprint will attempt to increase understanding of how to increase the hit rate of detection of $1.6 trillion of illicit proceeds up from 1%. Clearly, there are real benefits to be had!


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


When 350 senior individuals from more than 65 financial institutions, as well as the vendor and regulatory community, met at this year’s JWG RegTech Capital Market Conference ‘innovation’ was at the top of everyone’s agenda. Perhaps this is not surprising – given the new disruptive technologies being controlled in a fast-changing, and fiercely competitive market.


One of the hot topics at our Capital Markets Conference this year was how RegTech could help institutions with their Know Your Client (KYC) obligations. With an expert panel from a range of backgrounds presenting fascinating perspectives on this current issue, a issues were given fresh attention ranging from artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, data architecture


A paradigm shift for KYC/AML compliance

Several interconnected global trends have heightened the risk banks face when combating financial crime. First, regulators are continually revising rules as they expand their focus from organised crime to global terrorist networks, many of which have grown more sophisticated in recent years. Second, integrated networks and an increase in cross-border transactions have left gaps in


Waking up to the power of RegTech?

The past year has been illuminating for the RegTech market, the past twelve months has seen an increase in discussion on the application of technology to regulatory compliance. We have seen action from the regulators, including the FCA’s recent TechSprint in which we at JWG were involved, and major regulatory initiatives, most notably MiFID II,


In Megan Butler’s speech on creating a more effective approach to combatting financial crime, she posed the question “can technology help make your compliance processes slicker, more efficient and more effective?”.  For combatting anti-money laundering and developing an effective KYC framework, the answer is a resounding yes. Firms that operate on a global basis will


IMeta, a leading global provider of client data management software and services, today announced it has selected JWG’s RegDelta platform, the leading regulatory change management platform, to provide a full regulatory rule set for the iMeta Client Lifecycle Management platform. JWG’s RegDelta platform allows thousands of pages of detailed operational obligations to be organised, interpreted


In fewer than 230 days – 7.5 working months from now, the biggest regulatory change since the 2008 financial crisis is set to come into force.  The legislation, Markets in Financial Instruments Directive/Regulation (MiFID II/R), is one of Europe’s most ambitious and far-reaching financial reforms and is estimated to cost the financial industry billions to


DLT- The solution to KYC inefficiencies?

Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) is currently a hot topic for financial services, and with good reason, as banks are looking for efficient solutions to costly and cumbersome regulatory burdens and this is exactly what DLT promises to deliver. One of the key areas where there is clear application for this is in meeting Know Your


On 19 January 2017, MEPs rejected the European Commission’s blacklist of countries at risk of money laundering and terrorist financing as being ‘too limited’. The rejection suggests that the list should be broader, by including countries that facilitate tax crime, for example. The list from the Commission contained the names of 11 countries, including Afghanistan,


The European Commission proposed on 21 December 2016 to strengthen Europe’s criminal law framework to combat money laundering by drawing on international standards to establish minimum rules for defining criminal offences, imposing sanctions in relation to money laundering and improving cross-border cooperation between Member States.  In the press release, Commissioner Avramopoulos stated that this proposal


Q1 RegBeacon now available to members

We are pleased to publish the 14th edition of our members only newsletter, RegBeacon. RegBeacon, is now available here. In this quarter we look one of the most contentious periods since the G20 agreed the regulatory reform agenda seven years ago. As politicians, courts, regulators, and firms wrestle with the same issues, we see a


Last week was an embarrassing week around the globe for a number of high profile politicians, sports personalities, multinationals, law firms, the rich and the famous.  The leak of the Panama papers – a data leak of almost 11.5 million documents, concerning the tax affairs of many – brings into sharp focus an agenda that


FinCEN’s proposed rules on beneficial ownership due diligence, the incoming 4th Money Laundering Directive (AMLD IV) and now the UK’s Register of People with Significant Control (PSC) Regulation all push for more transparency in beneficial ownership or significant control of companies. The aim is to reduce acts of money laundering and tax evasion and to


The attacks in Paris and the continued threats posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have once again seen fresh emphasis placed by financial regulators around the world on countering terrorist financing and money laundering. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a Paris based intergovernmental body that sets standards and promotes


This week, the EU commission published the responses to their call for information on the impact of EU regulation so far.  The FCA’s response, also published this week, has been similar to other feedback in citing the constraints on both the banks and the real economy of financing themselves, overly complex reporting obligations and spill-over


Following the announcement of a landmark deal on international cooperation over tax avoidance last week, Tuesday saw the signing of a transatlantic pact on data transfer.  Even when the EU are in the process of stocktaking the cumulative effects of regulation so far, there is clearly no break in the ongoing pace of financial markets


After a long week at Davos, there are a number of interesting conclusions from this year’s World Economic Forum.  China appears to have come out less of a worry than it was when it went in, with the IMF’s Christine Lagarde stating that the country is going through a transitional stage towards sustainable growth, and


Over the last week, regulators have been signalling that they will not be tolerating risky or illegal finance in 2016 any more than in the previous year.  Margin requirements are back on the table, along with bankers’ remuneration and fines – plenty of fines.  Despite this, the inquiry into the UK FCA’s scrapped banking review


AMLD IV has placed emphasis on a risk-based approach to counter financial crime and terrorist financing. Few would argue against this approach. It is not only logical, but also the most practical way forward. The approach appears to be fairly straightforward, consisting of identification, assessment and management risk. However, recent news, analysis and conversation with


JWG analysis. Over the last 10 months, JWG’s CDMG has covered – in depth – the incoming Anti-Money Laundering Directive IV (AMLD IV). AMLD IV focuses on the risk profiles of clients and monitoring or reporting them accordingly. On 21 October, ESMA published a Joint Consultation Paper on simplified and enhanced due diligence, detailing the


10 new hot EBA releases this quarter

JWG analysis. The European Banking Authority (EBA) have been particularly busy this year, publishing over 30 key documents (5 consultations, 5 guidelines, 7 technical standards, 4 opinions and 11 reports and other notable publications) between June and August. Keeping up this pace, according to the EBA’s September newsletter, we can expect 25 deliverables covering 16


The AML umbrella continues to open

JWG analysis. Last week we wrote about thwarting financial crime through suspicious transaction reports (STRs) in the UK, and the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) concern over the integrity, accuracy and coverage of STRs.  On the other side of the Atlantic, FinCEN is proposing to extend their anti-money laundering (AML) regime to investment advisers.   Closing


AMLD IV: another brick in the wall

JWG analysis. Since 2008, regulators have been plugging the gaps revealed by the global financial crisis and have just put another brick in the financial services wall – the 4th Money Laundering Directive. Last month, the much anticipated ‘IV’ was published in the official journal and will become the law of the land in 2


JWG analysis. Today ESMA published a Q&A, aiming to clarify the status of investment-based crowdfunding platforms which are outside the scope of MiFID and, therefore, not automatically subject to rules designed to combat money laundering and terrorist financing under AMLD III. Investment-based crowdfunding platforms can have a different regulatory status.  Some are within the scope


Get your MiFID II KYC checklist for 2016

JWG analysis. JWG’s recent analysis report, the MiFID II KYC mountain, finds that financial institutions have a 12-item checklist to work through for their MiFID II KYC implementation due to the requirement for firms operating in the EU to acquire, document and agree much more information about their customer’s situation and their transacted business by


New EU islands to explore post Easter!

JWG analysis. We’re used to watching our document trackers spin out of control in so-called ‘quiet’ times.  As we wrote in January, the last 2 weeks of 2014 year saw global FS regulators pump out over 4,000 pages. These Easter holidays were little better with 2,000 pages of regulatory text released in two weeks.  It


JWG analysis. Firms have plenty of planes in the air right now.  The regulatory pressure on firms to ‘get KYC right’ in the form of new financial crime regulation, such as FATCA or AMLD IV, and huge fines means they will need to juggle these changes amidst an ongoing regulatory implementation effort. How you need


Knowing the compliant customer in 2016

JWG analysis. Regulations like FATCA, EMIR and Dodd-Frank have asked us to collect more information on our customers than ever before – but now it’s clear that was just the start of the story.  New regulation finds regulators even hungrier for information on the firm’s relationship with its customer, together with details of how information


JWG analysis. With 40+ regulations covering 500+ KYC data requirements due to be implemented over the next 3 years, meeting the requirements poses significant challenges to all firms in the market, not least client outreach, data management and multiple, iterative, implementation dates.  Combined with record fines for AML failures, and new personal liability for senior


Are your regulatory tribes sharing?

JWG analysis. As we read the comments on our last article on the five tribes of regulatory reform, we were struck by the visceral reaction to the suggestion of sharing the agenda.  “Hands-off, that’s my mortgage you’re messing with”, commented one lawyer.  We wonder, can tribes achieve their overarching regulatory goals if they are NOT


Doing regulation right? Go tribal

JWG analysis. It’s only February and we’ve laid out quite a programme of work for 2015.  Digesting the 4,000-page Christmas gift, curing the KYC sickness, cutting a trail through MiFID II and taming your global trading troubles – and we’re not yet at the midpoint of the first quarter.  Sadly, it is not a blip


By Darragh O’Grady and JWG. Regulatory requirements coming in over the next 3 years will mean firms need to know – and prove that they know – more things about their customer than ever before.  Combined with the growth of ‘digital banking’, firms are now having to innovate on the digital front, whilst ensuring compliance


JWG analysis. There is a war going on to ‘Know Your Customer’.  As regulators continue to release new requirements for firms to collect and maintain information about their clients and counterparties, the struggle to comply has turned into trench warfare fought across many fronts, and new strategies are needed to avoid a long and uncertain


On the 22nd January, over 30 stakeholders from 12 firms met Customer Data Management Group (CDMG)  meeting to discuss their 2015 priorities for regulatory KYC requirements. JWG presented a summary of 40+ new regulations that require firms to manage counterparty information over the next 3 years.  Alec then presented summaries of the 11 regulations in scope


The need for better counterparty information sits at the centre of most regulatory reform agendas. Unfortunately, this means the period from 2015 to 2017 brings with it massive new documentation, workflow and vendor change for the hundreds of fields maintained for every subaccount in capital markets. Do you know what is about to hit your marketing,


The cure for KYC sickness

JWG analysis. 2015 will see a number of new regulatory requirements, long in the proposal or draft stage, crystallise into prescriptions for better customer data management.  At a time when record fines for AML failures and new personal liability for senior managers have intensified the pressure to ‘get KYC right’, these ‘remedies’ pose significant challenges


2015: time for your new operating model?

JWG analysis. 60 attendees across the buy and sell-sides came together at Markit’s seminar in Stockholm last month to discuss today’s industry challenges.  They concluded that a new focus on establishing a flexible banking operating model to meet both business and regulatory demands for data, processes and standards, is top on their wish list for 2015.


Huge fines and complex KYC rules are causing banks to ‘de-risk’ their client portfolios leading to many without access to banking.  Now both consumers and politicians are unhappy.  For years, the industry has struggled without real standards in the AML arena.  So what happens next? SIBOS news was full of more KYC claims again this


JWG analysis. As the sun slips back into hibernation, schools reopen and autumn looms, regulators, lawyers, risk specialists, change managers and compliance professionals are returning to their desks. Here at JWG we have been busy tabulating the enormous level of movement in the regulatory space during the summer. For those of you lucky enough to


The minefield of KYC compliance

JWG analysis. The idea of KYC compliance has traditionally been associated with AML, PEP checks and international sanctions, however the new wave of regulations that is to begin rolling out in 2015 will place a whole new set of pressures on businesses to ‘know their clients’. Rachel Wolcott, writing for Accelus’ Compliance Complete, has highlighted


JWG analysis. If you’re reading this post, then it’s more than likely you are in one of the many job roles that are impacted by financial regulation.  Whether you are directly involved as COO or a legal, compliance, governance or risk officer, or indirectly involved in an operational, IT or business capacity, it’s clear that


AMLD IV adds fuel to KYC utility model

JWG analysis. The European Parliament recently published (here) the latest amended text of the proposed 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD IV), which includes measures to help simplify the way firms conduct KYC today, and adds weight to the KYC utility business model by requiring the industry to maintain accurate and timely data on beneficial ownership.


JWG analysis. Until the world has a definitive LEI, we are going to have to recognise that piecemeal adoption brings with it significant hidden costs in validating, enriching and mapping for regulatory purposes. LEI watchers have been encouraged to see Saudi Arabia and Italy joining the fold in the past month.  They might be just


JWG analysis. According to the notice released on Thursday, the FCA has fined Standard Bank £7,640,400 for failings in its AML systems and controls relating to its treatment of corporate customers connected to politically exposed persons (PEPs). This notice is particularly relevant given that the FSA’s thematic reviews in 2010 found that “more than a


JWG analysis. The new political drive towards tax transparency is landing in money laundering legislation, and complicating an already complex landscape. G8 Leaders, as a result of the summit held in June last year, committed to publishing ‘action plans’ setting out the concrete steps they will take to combat tax evasion. It appears that those


This time next year, the market is going to be a very different place.  No-one knows the complete, consolidated impact of regulation on the market, and many of the parts are still in motion, but the core structure is starting to take shape. In Europe, our research tells us that most institutions are opening 2014


One of the things we’ve learnt the hard way in 2013 is that the sell-side need better ways of communicating with their clients.  Maintaining a web of communications between increasingly complex, multi-entity organisations and many thousands of clients is never going to be easy, but new regulatory data demands are making it even harder. EMIR


2013: A very new year

Five years after the crisis started, real change is finally in store. Who is on the naughty and nice lists? In 2012, the industry saw a flurry of financial sector reforms. With over 140,000 pages of regulation produced over the past twenty four months, an ambitious but often discordant global regulatory framework has developed, leaving


Can a controversial tax reporting initiative actually be good for your bottom line? We explore how. The US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) has been heavily criticised, and accused of being a “kind of US backward imperialism” with “an atomic bomb used to kill a fly”. At its heart, FATCA exists to track down


2012 could well go down as a turning point for the industry. Billions in fines have raised consciousness of the need for better financial crime processes, systems and controls. Regulators have found sanctions breaches, anti-money laundering deficiencies and bribery failures – and will likely to continue to do so as they examine historical compliance. We


The cost of not monitoring your customer

When the G20 first revealed its plans in April 2009, the scale and scope of new reforms was all encompassing. Now, we are seeing how serious the regulatory community is about them. The battle to know your customer provides a first glimpse of just how seriously the industry will take the new reforms. At the