The UK’s JMLSG has published new sectoral guidance on how cryptoasset businesses should manage money laundering risk.
On 20 July 2020, HM Treasury launched a consultation proposing to reform the regulatory framework for approval of financial promotions. HMT’s proposals are potentially far-reaching and may have important implications for the way that certain firms conduct business.
The European Commission published an updated list of high risk third countries in respect of AML/CTF due diligence.
Financial institutions face two categories of emergencies arising out of the coronavirus disease that could impair their functioning. The first is directly financial: a sudden drop in the value of financial assets, or loss of liquidity, whether domestically or elsewhere in the world that could lead to a national or even global financial crisis. The second is operational: the failure of the support structures that underpin the financial system.
Over recent years, the financial services industry has come to be increasingly defined by, and reliant upon, new technologies and systems. Alongside the opportunities afforded by the increased use of technology, regulators are increasingly aware of the growing threat of disruption caused by technology outages and cyber-attacks.
Whilst EU regulators have traditionally focused on capital and liquidity risks when thinking about resilience of the financial sector, the shift towards an increasingly technology-reliant financial sector, and the high-profile IT outages and cyber-attacks this creates, has increased the focus on other risks to the stability of financial services firms.