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Mar 3, 2015

UK to introduce new senior banker vetting rules from March 2016

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s new rules for vetting and making senior bankers directly accountable for their actions will take effect from March next year, financial services minister Andrea Leadsom said on Tuesday.

The new rules, that aim to make it easier for regulators to punish bankers for irresponsible decisions, were called for by lawmakers after few bankers were brought to book despite the fact that several banks had to be bailed out by taxpayers in the 2007-09 financial crisis.

Mar 3, 2015

Imminent EU court ruling has implications for London and beyond

LONDON (Reuters) – A top European court hands down a ruling on Wednesday that could have implications way beyond the obscure financial activities to which it directly relates, potentially ushering in a two-track EU with Britain and other non-euro zone countries out on a limb.

Britain has challenged a European Central Bank policy of requiring the “clearing houses” which help process trades in billions of euros worth of euro-denominated assets to be based within the single currency area.

Mar 3, 2015

BoE warns insurers of possible ‘huge hit’ over fossil fuels

LONDON, March 3 (Reuters) – Insurers may face a “huge hit”
if they end up being wrongfooted by rule changes linked to
climate change, the Bank of England (BoE) said on Tuesday.

Paul Fisher, deputy head of the BoE’s Prudential Regulation
Authority (PRA), which supervises banks and insurers, said
insurers investing in fossil fuel assets could be left
“stranded” by policy changes which limit their use.

Feb 27, 2015

Bank of England turns up the heat on accounting firms

LONDON (Reuters) – The Bank of England would have the power to fine or ban accounting firms from working in financial services under proposals setting out how the UK central bank’s regulation arm will monitor the accounting industry.

The proposals from the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), which supervises Britain’s banks, were published on Friday and show how the watchdog plans to oversee the accountants and actuaries hired by banks and use new powers to sanction them.

Feb 27, 2015

BoE turns up the heat on accountants for banks

LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – The Bank of England (BoE) has
turned up the heat on accounting firms used by banks, saying
they must provide the central bank with written reports from
November 2016 on their audits of Britain’s main lenders.

Policymakers questioned the accuracy of external audits
after banks had to be rescued by taxpayers in the 2007-09
financial crisis just months after accounting firms gave them a
clean bill of health.

Feb 26, 2015

EU lawmakers back revamp of money market funds

LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Europe’s money market funds will
not have to hold costly capital to shield them from financial
shocks following a vote by European Union lawmakers to soften
proposed new rules for the trillion-euro industry.

The new regulations are designed to ensure stability in
money market funds, which are used by companies and investors to
park cash for short periods. The funds experienced mass
withdrawals when U.S. bank Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008,
which contributed to the chaos across financial markets.

Feb 25, 2015

EU calls for treaty to avoid transatlantic regulatory spats

LONDON (Reuters) – Transatlantic spats over regulating banks and markets could be avoided under a treaty-based system of cooperation, the European Union’s financial services chief said on Wednesday.

The EU and United States are locked in talks over the finer details of recognizing each other’s rules on clearing houses for derivatives, part of global efforts to make markets safer after the 2007-09 financial crisis.

Feb 25, 2015

Money market funds set for partial reprieve in EU vote – document

LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Europe’s trillion euro money
market funds industry faces major reform on Thursday when
European Union lawmakers vote on new rules aimed at avoiding
investor runs in a crisis.

However, according to parliamentary compromises seen by
Reuters, one type of money market fund (MMF) looks set to escape
a requirement that industry said would spell its demise.

Feb 25, 2015

HSBC bosses reject calls to quit after “terrible list” of problems

LONDON (Reuters) – HSBC (HSBA.L: Quote, Profile, Research) bosses rejected calls from British lawmakers for them to quit over the bank’s Swiss tax scandal, but said they were having to clean up after a “terrible list” of control and compliance failings.

HSBC Chairman Douglas Flint and Chief Executive Stuart Gulliver told a panel of UK lawmakers they shared collective responsibility for failings at HSBC’s Swiss bank that allowed clients to dodge taxes.

Feb 25, 2015

HSBC says more clean up work to do after ‘terrible’ list of problems

LONDON (Reuters) – HSBC is more than halfway through a series of major reforms and still has more to do to guarantee the bank does not add to a “terrible list” of failures, its chairman said on Wednesday.

Europe’s biggest bank has admitted failings in compliance and controls in its Swiss private bank after media reports said it helped wealthy customers conceal millions of dollars of assets in a period up to 2007.

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      "Huw is based in London and covers European regulatory issues and global rulemaking bodies such as the G20, Financial Stability Board, IOSCO, IASB and the Basel Committee. He has covered EU regulation in Brussels, the emergence pan-European stock markets, and has also been a Wall Street reporter in New York."
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