(Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence) – Last month’s cyber attack against Bangladesh’s central bank in which hackers stole $81 million from the bank’s account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and then laundered the funds has ignited a debate at U.S. financial institutions regarding whether cyber security and anti-money laundering units should be merged to better combat financial crime. (more…)
Financial Regulatory Forum
By Lawrence Hsieh, Practical Law
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is considering whether and how to stop the regulatory arbitrage by shareholder activists of gaps in Securities Exchange Act disclosure requirements, which activists have exploited to gain significant stakes in public companies before incumbent management notices. Shareholders may be best served if the SEC takes a scalpel rather than a chainsaw to address the issue. (more…)
The Dodd-Frank $50 billion asset threshold used to categorize systemically important banks has been a strategic business factor for E*Trade, the online broker, and unless there are compelling factors to breach the mark, the firm will continue to limit expansion of its balance sheet, chief risk officer, Mike Pizzi, said in an interview this week. (more…)
Now that the Securities and Exchange Commission has formally named cybersecurity as a top exam priority, firms must prepare for the impending scrutiny.
By Julie DiMauro, Compliance Complete
NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2014 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – In a sanction that can serve as a wake-up to the financial industry, Verizon Communications last week agreed to pay $7.4 million to end an investigation that found it failed to tell two million new customers about their privacy rights before using their information for marketing purposes, the Federal Communications Commission said.
By Stuart Gittleman, Compliance Complete
NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2014 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – It took just one day for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement Thursday that Bank of America would pay $16.65 billion over charges of fraudulent mortgage origination, securitization and servicing to have an impact.
By Brett Wolf, Compliance Complete
ST.LOUIS/NEW YORK, July 31, 2014 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – New and more narrowly targeted U.S. financial sanctions against Russia have created headaches for Wall Street as banks and securities firms struggle to comply, industry sources said. The European Union is weighing similar measures.
By Jason Wallace, Compliance Complete
NEW YORK, April 24, 2014 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – A recent cybersecurity roundtable hosted by the Securities and Exchange Commission should act as a call to action for investment advisers, as the threat of cyber attacks is high for all companies and increasing daily, say event panelists.
Special report: UK regulators face mounting concerns over their handling of multi-million pound fund collapse
By Alex Davidson, Compliance Complete
LONDON, Apr. 4, 2014 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – Regulators face searching questions about whether they acted effectively in the multi-million pound collapse in 2012 of an unregulated collective investment scheme (UCIS). The then Financial Services Authority’s (FSA) decisions concerning the Connaught Income Fund, Series 1, a UK-domiciled fund based in London, will come under fresh scrutiny at a debate in Westminster Hall, between members of parliament and HM Treasury this month, subject to scheduling. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has said that the FSA, its predecessor body, acquitted itself well in dealing with the situation. Detractors, including investors, MPs and independent financial advisers (IFAs), have said the regulator failed to act appropriately on warnings about the misappropriation of multiple millions of pounds from the fund.
Some have found fault with the regulator, fund operators and IFAs who sold the Connaught fund, but it remains to be seen who, if anyone, will be held broadly accountable. Critics of the regulator have said it failed to investigate effectively evidence of financial misappropriation and insolvency, at Tiuta Plc (Tiuta), a regulated mortgage lender, to which the fund was lending money. The evidence was provided by whistleblower George Patellis, chief executive of Tiuta, which, like its unregulated subsidiary,Tiuta International (TIL), was a specialist partner to the Connaught fund. (more…)
By Emmanuel Olaoye
WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – Directors who fail to take an interest in compliance risk the threat of enforcement action from the Securities and Exchange Commission, a top official from the agency said.