HSF trust companies survey: anti-money laundering compliance in focus

Between November 2019 and January 2020 the HSF private wealth and charities team conducted a survey of trust companies. In this briefing, we discuss and contextualise the results of the AML section of our survey, examining the specific aspects of AML compliance trust companies said that they are struggling with, and what they are doing to address them. Read more

UK Tough Legacy Taskforce recommends LIBOR legislative fix: key risks and next steps

The UK’s Tough Legacy Taskforce (Taskforce) has issued a paper on “tough legacy” issues in the transition from LIBOR. In an important intervention, it has recommended a legislative fix for all asset classes and possibly all LIBOR currencies. The scope of the recommendation from the Taskforce is wider than many will have expected, but will be broadly supported by the market. Read more

Will CBDCs be the public sector response to GSCs in the UK and EU?

As consumers use cash to make payments less frequently, and fintech firms offer new forms of money and new ways to make payments, central banks globally are considering how they should respond and whether they too should innovate to meet new payment needs in an increasingly digital economy. Read more

FCA consultation on proposed guidance for payments firms: COVID-19 and safeguarding customer funds

After highlighting payment services as a priority in its 2020/21 business plan and following “evidence that some firms have not implemented the Electronic Money Regulations 2011 or Payment Services Regulations 2017 as [the FCA] expects”, the FCA has published a short consultation proposing further guidance for Payment Services Providers (PSPs), including Payment Institutions (PIs) and … Read more

OFAC, State Department, and Coast Guard Issue New Guidance About Sanctions Evasion Practices in Shipping Industry

On May 14, 2020, the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), the US Department of State, and US Coast Guard issued a Sanctions Advisory for the Maritime Industry, Energy and Metal Sectors, and Related Communities (the "Advisory"). The Advisory focuses on Iran, North Korea, and Syria, and offers information about, and tools to combat, emerging trends related to illicit shipping and sanctions evasion practices. Read more