Regulatory Reform

More power to the ESAs – Does a stronger European Supervisory Architecture mean better supervision?

You may be excused to have missed the news that at the end of March the European Parliament and Member States reached a political agreement on a stronger and more integrated European supervisory architecture. With so much going on in financial services regulation, it is simply difficult to keep track of everything that happens. This …

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Better Regulation: Commission reviews its efforts to simplify EU legislation

The Commission has published a reviewof the European Union’s efforts to simplify legislation and reduce regulatory burdens in 2018 in line with its commitment in the Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Law-Making and as part of its Better Regulation Agenda. The survey finds that, under the Regulatory fitness and performance (REFIT) programme, the current Commission has delivered more than …

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The Increasing Accountability of Senior Management in Financial Services

The Global Financial Crisis is pinned to the moral hazard of bankers but the question is whether it has resulted in any changes to senior management accountability in financial institutions. An analysis of the state of things in the UK shows that disregarding culture and governance can be a costly mistake. The GFC The general …

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The Future of Banking and the Only Reason for a Career in Finance – A conversation with Moorad Choudhry

Praised as the definitive and timeless guide to the principles of banking and finance, addressing and meeting the challenges of competition, strategy, regulation and the digital age, the Moorad Choudhry Anthology compiles the best of renowned author and professor of the same name. It covers the developments and principles of banking from the 1950s to today. …

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European Regulator concerned about banks’ lack of Brexit preparations

The European Banking Authority (EBA) has voiced its concerns about the level of preparedness of the financial sector in light of Brexit. Despite the potential departure of the UK from the EU in less than 9 months away, the watchdog has found an apparent lack of preparation by financial institutions for this event and made …

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Dodd-Frank for Europeans – What it aimed to achieve, why it’s being reformed and the 5 biggest impacts of the rollbacks

For Europeans, it can be puzzling when talk turns to the famous Dodd-Frank as we witnesses the events that led to this milestone piece of financial regulation, but few have a real grasp of what this law actually did. It is even more confusing when we hear that a reform to repeal the regulation that …

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CFTC Proposes Rule to Reduce Regulatory Burdens for U.S. Market Participants

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has approved a proposed rule to reduce regulatory burdens for U.S. market participants in order to promote economic growth and job creation, by bringing certain CFTC requirements in line with other U.S. regulators and is seeking public comments on the proposal. “For more than a century, U.S. businesses have …

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International watchdog outlines key challenges facing securities regulators

Members of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) met at the organization´s 43rd Annual Conference in Budapest this week to discuss and address issues facing securities market regulators and supervisors today. In their meetings, the IOSCO Board, IOSCO´s Growth and Emerging Markets (GEM) Committee, the four Regional Committees and the Affiliate Members Consultative Committee …

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Commission proposes reform of financial regulators

The European Commission today published a statement with regard to a proposal to reform the supervision of the financial system. Its statement said that “In a move to strengthen the supervision of the European financial system and promote its integration, the European Commission on 20 September put forward proposals to reform the EU’s supervisory authorities. …

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Ethics of Finance and Innovation – A conversation with Wolfgang Achtner

The Ethics of Finance and Innovation is a conversation with thought leader Professor Wolfgang Achtner about the use of Big Data, the Future of Finance, what AI means for the concept of Free Will, and why Blockchain may hold the key to an essential problem of the banking industry. Sometimes it feels the world is …

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