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23 Aug
2017

FinTech: what standard?

  • 23rd August 2017
  • Letitia Bolton

Now seems to be the time for vital standards discussions on financial services technology.  But perhaps the overarching questions for a global industry like FinTech are: who sets the standards and how? Of late, bodies like the EC have begun asking such questions, for example in their Q2 FinTech consultation.  Our view is that we Read More

15 Mar
2017

RegTech: the seeds of revolution are sewn

  • 15th March 2017
  • Daniel Simpson

The financial services industry is nearing a regulatory crisis point; detailed rules are being written in huge volumes, by regulatory bodies struggling to keep up with their mandates. The result: requirements that are habitually not well contextualised or articulated and often look unlikely to achieve the desired outcomes, but at the same time coming with Read More

14 Mar
2017

RegTech experts: get out of your own way

As we’ve covered frequently on this site, incumbents are spending billions complying with the thousands of new, granular obligations demanded by FS regulators. So why, after eight years of regulatory reform, is the industry still struggling to fund companies that can revolutionise the way we establish policies and ensure compliance? In 2016 we told UK Read More

29 Sep
2016

Brexit: is equivalence the answer?

  • 29th September 2016
  • Aoife Quinn

On Wednesday 14 September, the EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee heard evidence from Mr. Simon Gleeson, Partner at Clifford Chance, and Mr. Peter Snowdon, Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, for its Brexit Inquiry into financial services. Over the course of an hour, the discussion focused on how UK firms might hope to invoke rights of ‘equivalence’ Read More

22 Jul
2016

Brexit and IT Law (II): Data Protection

  • 22nd July 2016
  • Deirdre Moynihan

This is the second in a series of occasional blogs we’ll be writing about what Brexit means for IT and IT Law in the coming weeks and months. Deirdre Moynihan reviews what Brexit is likely to mean for Data Protection, where the approach to implementing the General Data Protection Regulation could well turn out to Read More

21 Apr
2016

Regulatory burnout and Brexit

A vote in favour of Brexit in the UK will have huge repercussions for the financial services sector. The issues of political sovereignty, economic benefits, market upheaval or immigration aside, the consequences for the people within financial services will be huge. Whether it is their job or how they are supervised, Brexit will require a Read More

04 Apr
2016
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RegRoundup 4 April: the pursuit of clarity

In the post-Easter week, regulators were busy shining a spotlight on remuneration practices in the industry.  We saw the EBA releasing a report looking at the high earners in EU banks and ESMA focusing on sound remuneration policies under the UCITS Directive and AIFMD. The FSB also met in Tokyo to discuss their priorities for Read More

07 Sep
2015

Ticket to ride – part two: new ventures under EuVECA

  • 7th September 2015
  • Mark Robinson

JWG analysis. Regulators have given a huge boost to the small and medium enterprise (SME) markets under EuVECA, which aims to support the harmonisation and growth of the EU’s venture capital funds.  Venture capital funds are investment funds that specifically focus on pooling funding from other financial institutions (such as pension funds) in order to Read More

03 Aug
2015

Mind the cap: dark trading under MiFID II

  • 3rd August 2015
  • Aisha Dudhia

JWG analysis. With Australia and Canada having already adopted new rules to oversee trading within dark pools, it is now Europe’s turn to shed some light on this activity. Considering that only about 9% of European equities were traded within dark pools in 2014 (in comparison to about 40% in the US), it may seem Read More

23 Jul
2015

The long-awaited divorce: saying goodbye to bundled commissions

  • 23rd July 2015
  • Aisha Dudhia

JWG analysis. The removal of a number of financial practices has altered the regulatory environment in recent decades.  With new landmark legislations coming in to play soon, regulators across Europe look set to bring down the curtain on another. Under the existing practice of bundled commissions, asset managers charge clients to manage their funds but Read More