Financial Regulatory Forum

U.S. industry group balks at higher capital standards for insurance companies

September 2, 2015

A U.S. financial services trade group has urged industry regulators to reject additional capital requirements for big insurance firms, as proposed by the International Association of Insurance Supervisors.

Promontory, by settling, bows to realities of legal challenges against regulators

August 25, 2015

In a swift reversal of its earlier determination to sue the New York State Department of Financial Services, the Promontory Financial Group, a leading consultant to the industry, took what some observers say is the kind of advice it typically offers clients when accused of wrongdoing: settle. (more…)

IA BRIEF: The state of adviser social media compliance in the U.S.

August 10, 2015

In the past year compliance professionals have been preoccupied with preventing cybercrime, and rightfully so, with recent high-profile cyber attacks and increased regulatory attention. However, the compliance implications of social media in the financial services sector remain an evolving trend as well, with high importance. A recent investment adviser survey offers a glimpse at the state of the current adviser programs while exposing new risks.

Global finance leaders to banks: reform culture and conduct or face more regulation

August 3, 2015

A number of the world’s largest banks are still failing to implement much needed cultural and conduct reforms in their businesses, and a failure to do so could spur more government regulation, a long awaited report by the Group of Thirty (G30) forum of international finance leaders said on Thursday.

COMMENTARY: Three steps to more resilient risk-management systems – DTCC risk chief

By Guest Contributor
July 23, 2015

By Andrew Gray, Deposit Trust & Clearing Corporation

NEW YORK, July 23, 2015 (Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence) – Of all the changes to global financial markets in recent years, the risk management function has undergone one of the most dramatic transformations in the industry. The discipline is broader, more sophisticated, and more diverse than ever before, encompassing new responsibilities that add operational, systemic, technology, vendor, and physical risk, as well as business continuity management, to the more traditional financial risk categories.

SEC’s ‘administrative proceedings’ enforcements dwarf court cases in 2015

July 9, 2015

Firms facing enforcement actions by the Securities Exchange Commission have growing reason to worry should such actions take the form of “administrative proceedings” rather than court cases, a tool that critics say limits options for those in the agency’s crosshairs. In first half of 2015, the securities regulator has shown no signs of dampening its increasing reliance on administrative proceedings.

U.S. Treasury report highlights laundering risk of cash deposits

By Brett Wolf
June 17, 2015

Between 2008 and 2012 a group of Florida-based drug traffickers tied to a Mexican cartel laundered their dirty cash by depositing it into accounts at a local branch of a national bank. The traffickers’ Texas-based suppliers then withdrew the money from the accounts as cash and turned it over to couriers who smuggled it into Mexico.

COLUMN: “Swindle & Fraud” – America’s great tradition, from Lapham’s Quarterly

June 16, 2015

It is easy to fall into the belief that we are living in special times; that greed, avarice, fraud, and swindle are at new heights; that bankers are worse than they’ve ever been; that public trust in them is at historic lows. Nearly every day we learn of yet another major fine imposed on a bank for some wrongdoing, all this while the leaders of finance lament the burdensome rules they must now work under.
Pity them, and pity us, but life has always been that way, or at least that is the lesson drawn in reading the latest edition of Lapham’s Quarterly “Swindle & Fraud.” We are reminded that humans have a long history of behaving badly, and efforts to change that reality have usually run aground. Deception, lies, fraud and confidence tricksters are part of our fabric, whether in business or finance, on a New York street corner, Barnum’s circus, or ancient Greece. (more…)

Lessons learned: BHP Billiton fined for providing public officials luxury travel

By Guest Contributor
June 3, 2015

By Julie DiMauro, Regulatory Intelligence

NEW YORK, June 3, 2015 (Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence) – The Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday charged global resources company BHP Billiton with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) when it sponsored foreign government officials as guests at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Finance, legal professionals question impact of OSC Whistleblower Program on ‘culture of compliance’

By Guest Contributor
June 2, 2015

By Helen Chan, Compliance Complete

TORONTO, June 2, 2015 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) recently closed the consultation period on its proposed whistleblower program, but debate over the draft rules appears to be far from over. Finance and legal professionals have raised concerns over the program, particularly the absence of requiring eligible whistleblowers to report misconduct to internal compliance personnel prior to approaching the OSC.
Modeled after the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program, the OSC’s Whistleblower Program seeks to encourage individuals with information of financial misconduct at their firms to come forward. (more…)