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ESMA Issues Statement of De-Facto Postponement of SFTR Go-Live

As the world deals with the Covid-19 virus, SFTR is set to go live with its first phase on April 13th in the EU. However, due to shutdowns across Europe and difficulties preparing for the regulation, banks and industry associations have approached ESMA about postponing the start of SFTR. Today, ESMA has a public statement…
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20th March 2020 0

FCA issues coronavirus cryptocurrency scam warning

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has warned investors to avoid coronavirus-related cryptocurrency schemes that may seem too good to be true. Crypto scams are on the rise to exploit investors In a warning published on its website, the regulator says criminals and scammers are trying to take advantage of confusion and market instability in…
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17th March 2020 0

Giant Financial Institution, the BBVA, Asks Fintech Firms to Develop Regtech and Finance Solutions via its Open Talent Program

BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A)., a Spanish multinational financial services company, is making changes to its Open Talent competition for early-stage firms and startups, in order to work cooperatively with Fintech businesses. BBVA is one of the world’s largest financial institutions. It offers services in Spain, South America, North America, Turkey, and Romania. The…
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16th March 2020 0

Financial regulators address the economic & operational effects of COVID-19

Financial regulators across the globe have issued statements announcing precautionary measures to address the economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), signalling a growing willingness to intervene. The Bank of Japan (BoJ), European Central Bank (ECB), UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the US Federal Reserve have all announced a range of measures that target the…
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12th March 2020 0

Estonian e-Residency MD: No deal Brexit is no problem thanks to digital identity

Digital residency could nullify the worst-case scenario of a no-deal Brexit for small companies and entrepreneurs, according to Ott Vatter, managing director of Estonia’s e-Residency programme. “E-residency can be a solution for some companies due to the uncertainty,” he tells Finextra Research. While much of the uncertainty around Brexit has lifted in recent months since…
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6th March 2020 0

The impact of Brexit on the AML KYC Compliance and trade in the UK

AML/KYC screening is a mandatory part of the compliance operations of businesses. Nowadays every business is liable for some sort of KYC and AML compliance, and heavy non-compliance fines and penalties have left no choice but to invest in compliance. The regulations have changed and are more strict for financial institutions. Recently the EU implemented…
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3rd March 2020 0

European Union unsure how to regulate Facebook’s Libra

The EU cannot work out exactly what Libra is according to a memo by European Commission executive vice-president, Valdis Dombrovskis. Dombrovskis refers to the “need to ensure clarity” about what Libra is, but that the information provided by Facebook is not sufficient. Libra is described as a “moving target” that does not easily within existing…
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26th February 2020 0

The buy-side is saving compliance and control professionals from the cold

If you work in compliance or regulation in an investment bank, you probably have very good reason to fear the rise of technology. As so-called ‘Reg-tech’ has taken hold, compliance spending is banks’ new target for cost-cutting. It’s fortunate, then, that compliance jobs are still very plentiful on the buy-side. “The buy-side has exploded in terms of compliance…
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25th February 2020 0

Why 67% of companies fear they can’t sustain privacy compliance

True privacy depends on where and how data travels. Data privacy management and protocol got a facelift with the enactments of the General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act. Many companies failed to meet compliance standards in time for GDPR. And for companies that met the deadline, 67% fear they won’t be able to…
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17th February 2020 0

Sweden aims to become a FinTech superpower

The Nordics in general and Sweden, in particular, are experiencing a FinTech boom. However, new regulations and investment worries could slow down growth. Sweden’s future is digital. Swedish entrepreneurship is about more than IKEA, H&M and Volvo. In the last three decades, the nation has remade itself into an innovative technology hotbed. Spotify, Skype and iZettle are…
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30th January 2020 0