Financial Regulatory Forum

Learn the compliance lessons from an epic fail in correspondent banking and trade finance

By Guest Contributor
July 16, 2012

By Kim R. Manchester, Thomson Reuters Accelus contributing author

NEW YORK, July 16 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - A Settlement Agreement was released in June 2012 by the United States Department of the Treasury regarding the voluntary self-disclosure to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) by ING Bank, N.V. (ING Bank), a financial institution registered and organized in the Netherlands. The violations of numerous sanctions programs imposed by the United States against Cuba, Burma, the Sudan, Libya and Iran were determined by the Americans as “egregious.” (more…)

Fed’s capital proposal not as tough as feared, may give U.S. banks advantage

By Guest Contributor
December 22, 2011

By Rachel Wolcott

NEW YORK/LONDON, Dec. 22 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - Considering the cost of the financial crisis to the American taxpayer — anywhere between $700 billion and $12.8 trillion depending on who you talk to — the proposed capital rules the Federal Reserve published yesterday seem pretty lenient, compare to those mooted by some European countries.

UK watchdog FSA sees tougher trading supervision

November 24, 2009

fsa_logo   By Huw Jones
   LONDON, Nov 23 (Reuters) – The UK financial services sector must face a “profound shift in regulatory philosophy” that includes tougher curbs on trading to cut risk, Britain’s financial watchdog said. (more…)

Obama administration praises early Senate financial bill

By Reuters Staff
November 4, 2009

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) attends a fundraiser for U.S. Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) in Stamford, Connecticut, October 23, 2009.    By Karey Wutkowski
WASHINGTON, Nov 3 (Reuters) – The chairman of the Senate Banking Committee is poised to release a draft bill on financial regulatory reform that meets many of President Barack Obama’s core goals, but it is unclear if it will gain any Republican support, an administration official said on Tuesday.

Dutch regulator says “Twin Peaks” supervision best

October 9, 2009

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   BASEL, Switzerland, Oct 9 (Reuters) – The financial crisis has shown that the “Twin Peaks” system of separating prudential and securities supervision being eyed by Germany and Britain works best, the Dutch markets regulator said on Friday. (more…)

INTERVIEW – Britain’s FSA seeks to shape regulatory debate

By Reuters Staff
October 9, 2009

By Huw Jones
BASEL, Switzerland, Oct 8 (Reuters) – The UK’s Financial Services Authority hopes its rapid introduction of tougher liquidity rules for banks will help speed up and shape global rulemaking, its new international director said.

German coalition agrees Bundesbank to take over bank supervision

By Reuters Staff
October 9, 2009

By Matthias Sobolewski
BERLIN, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and their Free Democrat allies have agreed the basics of an overhaul of Germany’s banking supervision framework, participants in coalition talks said on Thursday.

EU banks must have cash buffer for crisis – regulators

September 22, 2009

By Huw Jones
LONDON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Banks in the European Union must have a cash buffer to survive the first month of a crisis, regulators said on Tuesday, sparking industry concern that cross-border groups will face a new patchwork of rules.

Banks eye clock on tougher capital rules, may face pressure to act soon

By Reuters Staff
September 8, 2009

Governor of the Bank of Italy Mario Draghi, who also chairs the international Financial Stability Board, speaks during the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) annual meeting in Tel Aviv June 10, 2009. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen By Huw Jones and Steve Slater
LONDON, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Banks face pressure to raise billions of dollars in fresh equity to meet tough new capital rules and many European lenders may need to act soon to improve quality even though the proposals will not be fully felt for several years.
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UK bank supervision reform prolongs muddle -parliament panel

By Reuters Staff
July 31, 2009

By Huw Jones
LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) – British government plans to revamp banking supervision fail to end a muddle over who is in charge and reform of the country’s top market watchdog falls short of what’s needed, a group of UK lawmakers said on Friday. (more…)