Singapore skyline

Asia takes swipe at London's derivatives crown

Asia’s bid for London’s derivatives crown is picking up pace as the UK’s attractiveness comes into question due to tough EU regulation and the country’s departure from the Union. 

Wesselin Kruschev

Strict data requirements potentially clash with MiFID II demands

Firms struggling to implement MiFID II in time for it going live on January 2018 will also have to worry about the EU’s strict new data privacy laws that come into force five months later with the potential to create conflicts

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EU integration will likely continue

The results of the German election have thrown a spanner in the works for European reform and integration. But an understanding of what often drives European integration points to a potentially different outcome. Justin Pugsley reports.

European Banking Authority reception

STS securitisation still faces hurdles in the fine print to succeed

The EU is making progress with its much-anticipated simple transparent and standardised securitisations framework, but industry sources fear that there is still too much vagueness and uncertainty for it to work effectively. By Justin Pugsley.

Prison cell

Spread of tough conduct regimes could see more bankers jailed

More countries are adopting dedicated and comprehensive conduct regimes, suggesting that more bankers could go to jail in the future for wrongdoing. Justin Pugsley reports.


Regulation on the threshold of algorithmic-driven change

Algorithms are rapidly transforming financial services and, as a consequence, will change the oversight of firms, how they comply with rules and the way regulators interact with the industry. By professor Philip Treleaven, director of the UK Financial Computing Centre at UCL, and Jagdev Kenth, director of risk & regulatory strategy at Willis Towers Watson. 

Big Ben and EU flag

Lords hearing exposes EU regulatory equivalence complexities

A hearing in the UK’s House of Lords aired several obstacles – some technical – to the UK preserving a regulatory regime that is sufficiently similar to the EU’s for it to maintain maximum access to its financial markets. By Justin Pugsley.

Artificial intelligence

Regulatory arbitrage set to be a major 2018 trend

The combination of diverging regulatory regimes and the advent of artificial intelligence are likely to see the profile of regulatory arbitrage become much higher next year. However, regulators are far from helpless and can also use AI to their advantage. By Waymark Tech’s Mark Holmes. 

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