ECB publishes consolidated banking data for end-June 2021

15 November 2021

The European Central Bank (ECB) has recently published the consolidated banking data with reference to end-June 2021, a dataset of the EU banking system compiled on a group consolidated basis.The quarterly data cover information required for the analysis of the EU banking sector, comprising a subset of the information that is available in the year-end dataset. The end-June 2021 data refer to 327 banking groups and 2,537 stand-alone credit institutions operating in the EU (including foreign subsidiaries and branches), covering nearly 100% of the EU banking sector balance sheet. This dataset includes an extensive range of indicators on profitability and efficiency, balance sheets, liquidity and funding, asset quality, asset encumbrance, capital adequacy and solvency.  Continue reading…

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Akin Gump Named Top Export Controls Firm in Two Categories at WorldECR Awards 2021

11 November 2021

Akin Gump has been named the winner in two categories of the WorldECR Awards 2021: Export Controls – USA and Export Controls/Sanctions – Rest of the World. In the United States, the firm is noted for its impressive innovation in client services, including the development of the Military End Use/Military End User (MEU) Tool, together with Palantir Technologies Inc.—a compliance platform built to support Akin Gump’s clients in MEU review and designation to comply with U.S. government trade restrictions. The MEU tool is also shortlisted for Legal Services Innovation for the 2021 The American Lawyer Industry Awards. Continue reading…

The importance of the Glasgow summit: Actions speak louder than words, but not for everyone

10 November 2021
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On November 2nd, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced a €1 billion pledge at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow as the European Union contribution to the Global Forests Finance Pledge. This 5-year support package from the EU budget will help partner countries to protect, restore and sustainably manage forests worldwide and deliver on the Paris Agreement. President Ursula von der Leyen said: “Forests are the green lungs of the earth. We need to protect and restore them. I gladly announce that we are pledging €1 billion to protect world forests. This is a clear sign of the EU’s commitment to lead global change to protect our planet, in line with our EU Green Deal.” In relation to the Glasgow summit, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte recently made headlines for all the wrong reasons. At the summit, he called for ‘action, action, action’ on climate change, and then a few days later, he made a comment on how the Netherlands was going to continue to invest in fossil energy. He later retracted his comment after receiving backlash from the Dutch people, stating that his words at the summit had little meaning.  Continue reading…

Illegal trade in converted firearms halted in Slovakia, Czech Republic and Netherlands

09 November 2021

Eurojust has supported the Slovak, Czech and Dutch authorities in halting a criminal network, which traded in illegally converted firearms. During several actions last month, six suspects were arrested in the three countries concerned and approximately 350 arms were seized. Eurojust assisted the authorities in setting up a joint investigation team (JIT) between Slovakia and the Netherlands and provided judicial support during the operations. Europol supported the actions with an Operational Task Force. Continue reading…

François Villeroy de Galhau: How the commitment to FinTechs is being implemented

08 November 2021
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François Villeroy de Galhau, Governor of the Bank of France and Chairman of the Autorité de contrôle prudentiel et de resolution (ACPR), delivered a speech at the ACPR-AMF Forum FinTech, Paris on 11 October 2021. Note: the following is a written version of the official speech. I am very pleased to welcome you to the Banque de France this morning for this annual ACPR-AMF FinTech Forum – and I would also like to welcome Robert Ophèle, Chairman of the AMF. Mr. Minister, dear Cédric, you have once again given us the pleasure of being present for this second forum. The strong attendance of public officials testifies to our collective commitment to FinTechs, which I am convinced are indispensable to the financial sector, as a driver of creativity, vitality and efficiency. Continue reading…

FSB updates G20 on its work to enhance resilience in non-bank financial intermediation

05 November 2021

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) recently published a report describing the progress over the past year and planned work to enhance the resilience of non-bank financial intermediation (NBFI). The report was delivered to G20 Leaders ahead of their Summit last weekend. NBFI has grown considerably over the past decade – to almost half of global financial assets – and become more diverse. However, the March 2020 market turmoil underscored the need to strengthen resilience in this sector, to ensure a more stable provision of financing to the economy and reduce the need for extraordinary central bank interventions. The FSB’s NBFI work programme includes analytical and policy work that builds on the lessons from the turmoil. Continue reading…

Call for comments on margining practices during the March 2020 market turmoil

03 November 2021
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The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS), the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) (the standard setters) recently invited comments on their joint consultative report Review of margining practices. The report – which is part of the Financial Stability Board’s work programme to enhance the resilience of the non-bank financial intermediation sector – looks at margin calls in March and April 2020, margin practice transparency, predictability and volatility across various jurisdictions and markets, as well as market participants’ liquidity management preparedness. Continue reading…

European Banking Federation and SAS help banks worldwide fight financial crime

02 November 2021
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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that US$800 billion to $2 trillion is laundered through worldwide financial systems each year. That’s an astonishing 2-5% of global GDP. The European Banking Federation (EBF) – uniting 32 national banking associations in Europe, representing 5,981 banks with roughly 2.6 million employees – has partnered with SAS to help financial firms worldwide curb the deluge. “Rapidly evolving business and technology render conventional methods for anti-money laundering (AML) inefficient and call for a more innovative approach for fighting financial crime,” said EBF CEO Wim Mijs. “The future of AML is rooted in the use of innovative technologies and shared solutions that, in practice, enhance experts’ judgment and reveal the full picture when dealing with complex criminal networks. We are confident that this collaboration with SAS will help us prepare our members, and the broader banking community, for this new reality.” Continue reading…