Objectway to launch upcoming webinar entitled: are you really engaging with your clients?

26 June 2020

Founded in 1990, Objectway is a fast-growing international player providing financial software and digital solutions for banking, securities and insurance. Objectway is a Top 100 global FinTech provider and a leader in the Wealth, Investment & Asset Management Software Industry. This year, they have been launching a series of webinars on the topic “Practical Strategies for Digital Client Engagement”.  Continue reading…

FSB evaluation finds too-big-to-fail reforms made banks more resilient and resolvable, but gaps need to be addressed

26 June 2020

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has recently published for public consultation an evaluation of too-big-to-fail (TBTF) reforms for systemically important banks. The TBTF reforms were endorsed by the G20 in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis and have been implemented in FSB jurisdictions over the past decade. The evaluation examines the extent to which the reforms are reducing the systemic and moral hazard risks associated with systemically important banks, as well as their broader effects on the financial system. Continue reading…

BIS encourages central banks to continue adapting to the challenge of digital payments

24 June 2020

The BIS is releasing a chapter of this year’s Annual Economic Report in advance entitled “Central banks and payments in the digital era”. This special chapter of the Annual Economic Report, on central banks and payments in the digital era, analyses the implications of the radical transformation of payment systems over recent years. It also looks at the impact of Covid-19 on payment behaviour. The following areas of interest that will be specifically addressed in this chapter are:

Rapid reshaping of payment services requires central banks to keep evolving as they support the safety and integrity of the payment system; Changes that are generating interest in central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), which deserve consideration as additional means of payment; and Covid-19 spurring contactless payments while highlighting shortcomings in payment systems, especially for the poor and unbanked.    

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Government control of investments in strategic enterprises following the Covid-19 outbreak (Part 2)

23 June 2020
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by Francesco Salerno

This is the second part in a series of two articles written by me about government control of investments in strategic enterprises following the Covid-19 outbreak. The first part can be found in the related items section. Taking into account the guidance outlined in the first part and to guard against the risks of predatory acquisitions of strategic national enterprises, various European countries, including Italy, France, Spain and Germany, have taken action with regard to the screening of foreign direct investments. Continue reading…

Government control of investments in strategic enterprises following the Covid-19 outbreak (Part 1)

22 June 2020
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by Francesco Salerno

This article is the first of two parts written by me concerning governmental control of investments in strategic enterprises following the Covid-19 pandemic. The articles will be published on two consecutive days. The Covid-19 outbreak has been followed by a raft of measures to lessen its impact on the world of production. Indeed, the majority of countries have intervened in various branches of the law ‒ starting with contract, company and insol­ven­cy/bankruptcy rules ‒ with the stated intent of supporting the economy. Among the many other forms of intervention, changes have been made to the rules on the control of companies operating in strategic sectors. This is because companies often tumble in value in crisis situations, making it easier for them to be snapped up “cheaply”: hence the special attention paid to rules that give governments the power to control investments in strategic enterprises.  Continue reading…

Steven van Rijswijk to succeed Ralph Hamers as CEO of ING

19 June 2020

ING announced today that Steven van Rijswijk, currently member of the Executive Board and chief risk officer of ING, will succeed Ralph Hamers as CEO and chairman of the Executive Board. The Supervisory Board has appointed Steven van Rijswijk effective 1 July 2020. As announced earlier, Ralph Hamers will leave ING to join UBS, where he will become CEO later in the year. Steven van Rijswijk was appointed to the Executive Board at the Annual General Meeting of shareholders in 2017. Steven joined ING in 1995 and held various positions in the Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Capital Markets and Capital Structuring and Advisory teams. In 2012 he was appointed global head of Corporate Clients. He became global head of Client Coverage at ING Wholesale Banking in 2014, being responsible for relationship management, transaction services and corporate finance for corporate clients and financial institutions in over 40 countries. 
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FCA fines Commerzbank London £37,805,400 over anti-money laundering failures

18 June 2020

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today fined Commerzbank AG (London Branch) £37,805,400 for failing to put adequate anti-money laundering (AML) systems and controls in place between October 2012 and September 2017. Commerzbank London was aware of these weaknesses and failed to take reasonable and effective steps to fix them despite the FCA raising specific concerns about them in 2012, 2015 and 2017. These weaknesses also persisted during a period when the FCA was publishing guidance on steps firms could take to reduce financial crime risk as well as taking enforcement action against a number of firms in relation to AML controls. Despite these clear warnings, the failures continued. Continue reading…

Financial policymakers discuss responses to COVID-19 with the private sector

16 June 2020

Financial policymakers and international standard setters recently met virtually with private sector executives to discuss international policy responses to COVID-19. Organised by the FSB’s Standing Committee on Supervisory and Regulatory Cooperation (SRC), in cooperation with Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS), the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI), the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) and the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), the meeting brought together senior representatives from central banks, regulatory authorities and finance ministries as well as about 30 international banks, insurance firms, asset managers, market infrastructures and credit rating agencies. Continue reading…

FCA fines Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland and The Mortgage Business for failures in mortgage arrears handling

15 June 2020

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has recently fined Lloyds Bank plc, Bank of Scotland plc and The Mortgage Business plc (“the banks”) £64,046,800 for failures in relation to their handling of mortgage customers in payment difficulties or arrears. The banks have estimated that they will have paid approximately £300 million in redress. The redress programme is nearly complete. Continue reading…

Planning and executing audit engagements in times of Covid-19: core points of focus and practical solutions

12 June 2020
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by Alex Movchan

We have recently had the pleasure of speaking with Olga Lukashenko who is an Audit Director at Reanda Netherlands. She is an incredibly dedicated finance professional with experience in accounting, auditing and financial management. She also has a proven track record in preparation of consolidated financial statements according to IFRS and GAAP, IFRS-reporting implementation in different accounting systems, as well as auditing and independent assessment of financial and non-financial data. Olga has an impressive international career with in depth knowledge of audit practices. This year is very unusual in terms of the Covid-19 related situation and many Chief Audit Executives struggle to execute the audit plans given travel restrictions, additional limitations of resources and shifting business priorities.  Continue reading…