The European Banking Authority (EBA) launches today a consultation on draft technical standards (RTS) aimed at specifying the conditions for assessing the materiality of extensions and changes to internal approaches when calculating own funds requirements for credit, market and operational risk. These RTS will be part of the Single rulebook aimed at enhancing regulatory harmonisation in Europe. The consultation runs until 11 June 2013.
The EBA published a discussion paper on retail deposits subject to higher outflows for the purposes of liquidity reporting under the draft Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR)
The International Organisation of Securities Commissions (“IOSCO”) has published a consultation report offering recommendations for the protection of client assets, to help regulators improve the supervision of intermediaries holding client assets in the aftermath of scandals such as, MF Global and Peregrine Financial Group.
In this context, investors are trying to better understand the potential implications of placing their assets with particular intermediaries and in certain jurisdictions. Regulators are seeking to address risks to client assets and determine how to transfer or return client assets in default, resolution or insolvency scenarios.
The nine principles published Friday in IOSCO’s consultation report provide guidance to regulators on how to enhance their supervision of intermediaries holding client assets by clarifying the roles of the intermediary and the regulator in protecting those assets.
The European Commission has today adopted two proposals to reinforce the EU’s existing rules on anti-money laundering and fund transfers. The threats associated with money laundering and terrorist financing are constantly evolving, which requires regular updates of the rules.
Today’s package, which complements other actions taken or planned by the Commission in respect of fight against crime, corruption and tax evasion, includes:
- A directive on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering and terrorist financing
- A regulation on information accompanying transfers of funds to secure “due traceability” of these transfers
Both proposals fully take into account the latest Recommendations1 of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) (see MEMO/12/246), the world anti-money laundering body, and go further in a number of fields to promote the highest standards for anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing.
More specifically, both proposals provide for a more targeted and focussed risk-based approach.
In particular, the new Directive:
- improves clarity and consistency of the rules across the Member States
- by providing a clear mechanism for identification of beneficial owners. In addition, companies will be required to maintain records as to the identity of those who stand behind the company in reality.
- by improving clarity and transparency of the rules on customer due diligence in order to have in place adequate controls and procedures, which ensure a better knowledge of customers and a better understanding of the nature of their business. In particular, it is important to make sure that simplified procedures are not wrongly perceived as full exemptions from customer due diligence.
- and by expanding the provisions dealing with politically exposed persons, (i.e. people who may represent higher risk by virtue of the political positions they hold) to now also include “domestic” (those residing in EU Member States) (in addition to ‘foreign’) politically exposed persons and those in international organisations. This includes among others head of states, members of government, members of parliaments, judges of supreme courts.
- extends its scope to address new threats and vulnerabilities
- by ensuring for instance a coverage of the gambling sector (the former directive covered only casinos) and by including an explicit reference to tax crimes.
- promotes high standards for anti-money laundering
- by going beyond the FATF requirements in bringing within its scope all persons dealing in goods or providing services for cash payment of €7,500 or more, as there have been indications from certain stakeholders that the current €15,000 threshold was not sufficient. Such persons will now be covered by the provisions of the Directive including the need to carry out customer due diligence, maintain records, have internal controls and file suspicious transaction reports. That said, the directive provides for minimum harmonisation and Member States may decide to go below this threshold.
- strengthens the cooperation between the different national Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) whose tasks are to receive, analyse and disseminate to competent authorities reports about suspicions of money laundering or terrorist financing.
The two proposals foresee a reinforcement of the sanctioning powers of the competent authorities by introducing for instance a set of minimum principle-based rules to strengthen administrative sanctions and a requirement for them to coordinate actions when dealing with cross-border cases.
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The EBA has issued a consultation paper on principles for benchmark setting (i.e. Euribor).
The document is primarily geared at market participants such as, but not limited to, parties to financial contracts based on benchmarks, benchmark-setting bodies, data providers involved in the calculation or publication of benchmarks, legal advisers involved concerned with contracts involving the use of benchmarks.
EIOPA Launches the long-term guarantee assessment, which is a Quantitative Impact Study (“QIS”) designed to test a number of proposals for dealing with long-tern guarantees. The FSC’s analysis of firms’ QIS5 submissions indicates that the treatment of long-term guarantees is likely to have a negligible impact on almost all Gibraltar insurers. The FSC does however note that the technical specifications and other materials published with this QIS are the best indication of the likely Pillar 1 requirements under Solvency II, and firms are therefore encouraged to use the published materials as part of their Solvency II preparations.