Financial crime and financial regulatory enforcement

6 March 2015

The DOJ and CFTC dig deeper in precious metals market investigation

It has recently been reported that 10 Banks are under investigation by the US Justice Department (“DOJ”) and CFTC for irregularities and potential price fixing in the precious metals market, comprising the gold, silver, platinum and palladium markets. The London Gold Fix, an almost century old benchmark, fixed twice a day by 4 banks in London first came under the microscope in 2012 following investigations into the Libor and FX market manipulation scandals.

Olivia Stiles

5 March 2015

Banking Regulation: Senior Managers and Certification Regime – timetable announced plus extension to include UK branches of foreign institutions

A written statement by the Economic Secretary on 3 March 2015 announced the timetable for the introduction of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) under the Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013. The Government also announced that following a period of consultation it had decided to extend the SM&CR to UK branches of foreign institutions.

Louise Hodges

24 February 2015

Senior Managers Regime: Tougher regulation of senior bankers and non-executive directors (NEDs) confirmed

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published a paper 24 February 2015 entitled “Approach to non-executive directors in banking and Solvency II firms & Application of the presumption of responsibility to Senior Managers in banking firms” (referred to here as “the New Consultation”). 

19 February 2015

Personal commitments: Benefits and risks of signing an attestation with the FCA

On 13 February 2015, the FCA launched a webpage providing information and data about the use of attestations.  The trend is that they are on the increase.  What are they, when should they be signed and who should sign them?

Louise Hodges

7 August 2014

Professionals beware: your conduct outside of the office could be under regulatory scrutiny

If asked to answer truthfully, I am sure many professionals would, at some point, and to varying degrees, have acted in a way which was less than entirely honest.   For most, this would have been an isolated event, which has long been put out of their minds.  Few would have thought through the range of consequences of such an act; however, as a professional, acting dishonestly, or with a lack of integrity, could have wide-reaching consequences.  

Julie Matheson

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