FATF Releases Fourth Round Mutual Evaluation Report of China

    Authors: Kyle Wombolt, Jeremy Birch, Karen Ip and Mark Chu On 17 April 2019, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) released its fourth round mutual evaluation report (Report) on the effectiveness of China’s measures on anti-money laundering (AML) and combating terrorist financing (CTF). The FATF is an intergovernmental organization which, in addition to developing AML … Read more

    The month ahead in financial services regulatory developments…

    In this blog post, we round-up forthcoming developments in the UK and at EU and International levels in financial services regulation for June 2019. 3 Jun Deadline for responses to FCA call for input on the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) and the Financial Advice Market Review (FAMR) evaluation; FCA to conduct ongoing research to gather … Read more

    Updated DOJ Guidance Steers Effective Compliance and Remediation Programmes

    Authors: Kyle Wombolt, Jeremy Birch and Charlotte Benton The US Department of Justice Criminal Division (DOJ) has issued updated guidance on the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs (guidance). Under the guidance, DOJ prosecutors evaluate the effectiveness of a company’s compliance programme when conducting an investigation, determining whether to bring charges or negotiating plea or other … Read more

    Key themes from the FCA’s Approach to Enforcement

    Authors: Benedicte Perowne and Kimberly Everitt On 24 April 2019 the FCA published its final “Approach to Enforcement” document, following a consultation period which ended in June 2018. The approach document attempts to provide transparency and explain the FCA’s approach in greater depth. The FCA’s overriding principle in its approach to enforcement is substantive justice … Read more

    OFAC Emphasizes Importance of Risk-Based Sanctions Compliance Programs for US and International Companies

    Authors: John O’Donnell, Jonathan Cross, Geng Li, Christopher Milazzo, Susannah Cogman and Daniel Hudson Further emphasizing its expectation that all companies whose business touches on the United States should maintain a robust, risk-based US economic sanctions compliance program (“SCP”), the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) has published a detailed “Framework for OFAC … Read more

    Proposed ‘duty of care’ in financial services: next steps

    Authors: Jenny Stainsby, Jon Ford and Cheryl Jones The FCA has published its Feedback Statement on ‘A duty of care and potential alternative approaches’ (FS19/2). This contains a summary of responses to its Discussion Paper on this subject which was published in July 2018 (DP18/5). For more information on the Discussion Paper, see our briefing … Read more

    Report into supervision of the Co-operative Bank: lessons not just for regulators but also for firms

    Authors: Jenny Stainsby, Vicky Man and Cat Dankos While there have been other reviews1 into the near failure of the Co-operative Bank (“Co-op Bank”), on 6 March 2018, HM Treasury announced that it had directed the Prudential Regulation Authority (“PRA”) to conduct a further investigation, specifically focused on the prudential supervision of Co-op Bank between … Read more