Man writing a document 1 March 2017 PRA dis-incentivising high risk mortgage lending

Both the PRA and Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) are concerned that mortgage lenders operating under the Standardised Approach (SA) for credit risk are being incentivised to specialise in riskier exposures, thereby undermining the safety and soundness of these firms.

Money laundering 1 February 2017 What is the Criminal Finances Bill and how will it affect financial services firms?

David Brain, Partner & Head of Assurance and Michael Knight-Robson, Consultant in the Assurance team, have written an article that is featured in the January – March 2017 issue of Risk & Compliance magazine. The article discusses the new Criminal Finances Bill. The Bill is intended to produce three main outcomes:

3 November 2016 Fines and compliance costs drive de-risking, says FATF

Colin Darby, Consultant in Bovill’s Assurance team spoke to Alex Davidson of Thomson Reuters Accelus about the The Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) new guidance on de-risking and correspondent banking.  The FATF findings clock the growing trend of de-risking in the financial sector, fueled by fines and compliance costs, including anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing.

Fine 31 October 2016 Bangladeshi bank’s £3.3 million fine for AML failings is warning to senior managers

The FCA’s recent hefty fine imposed on Bangladeshi bank Sonali’s UK branch for AML breaches acts as a strong warning for senior managers.  In cases post the Senior Managers Regime, the FCA will no longer be solely targeting the Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) but any individual in a senior position with AML responsibilities.

Torch 31 October 2016 FCA shines spotlight on ICAAPs

The Financial Conduct Authority has begun requesting Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Processes (ICAAPs) from the investment business sector.  In light of this, investment firms may need to start preparing for an update of their ICAAP documentation.  Mark Spiers, Head of Banking, Investments and Lending, talks to Informa Law about the implications of this.

30 September 2016 Increasing transparency at renewal in general insurance

Designed to enhance transparency and engagement during policy renewals, PS16/21 means that come April 2017 GI customers must be greeted by two additions to their renewal notice, namely:

House made of money 16 September 2016 Are interest only mortgages really a time bomb?

Darcy Tallon, a consultant at Bovill, has featured in the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) e-zine magazine, a monthly publication that is circulated to CML members, that explores whether interest only mortgages are a ‘ticking time bomb’.

16 August 2016 ESMA advises on extending the AIFMD marketing passport

On 19 July 2016, ESMA published advice on the possible extension of the AIFMD passport to non-EU AIFMs and non-EU AIFs.

1 August 2016 Auditors to get tougher on CASS

New standard for external CASS audit could make EVERYONE’S audits more difficult

25 July 2016 Dark Pools: Lessons for operators and users

On 21 July 2016, the FCA released a thematic review on regulatory issues surrounding UK equity dark pools. The FCA looked at promotional activity and the identification and management of conflicts of interest by dark pool operators. It also reviewed governance, oversight and controls.

25 July 2016 FCA’s future fixed on financial crime

Financial crime and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) work will continue to be one of the FCA’s top seven priorities. The publication of the FCA’s AML Annual Report 2015/16 published on 12 July 2016 looks at how the regulator has sought to achieve its objectives over the last year and addresses future plans. A summary of some of the key items covered in the report are outlined below.

30 June 2016 Brexit will fail to halt march of EU regulation

Marks Spiers, Head of Banking, Investments and Lending at Bovill, spoke to Damian Fantato at FTAdviser on how financial advisers will still have to meet MiFID II requirements despite the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

8 June 2016 MiFID delay now certain

As we expected, firms have been given until 3 January 2018 to implement MiFID II after the EU Parliament gave its backing to a one year deferral.

20 May 2016 Some UK firms unprepared for market abuse reporting regime

Bovill’s Head of Technical spoke with Thomson Reuters Accelus on the warning from lawyers that some firms are inadequately prepared for the new suspicious transaction and order reports (STOR) requirements. These are due to be implemented under  the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR), which is just under seven weeks away.

26 April 2016 WealthBriefing research shows gaps in client screening practices

Human and technological resourcing challenges are exposing wealth managers to serious KYC (know your customer), anti-money laundering and sanctions screening risks, according to new research by WealthBriefing. Our head of Banking, Investments and Lending, Mark Spiers, shared some thoughts on the difficulties some firms can have by either understaffing or overstaffing for compliance .

21 April 2016 The growing risk of cybercrime

Bovill’s Michael Knight-Robson discussed some of the challenges and solutions for the increasing concern of cybercrime for Professional Investor magazine’s roundtable feature.

15 April 2016 Bovill on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme

Listen to Bovill’s Colin Darby talking to Rob Young on today’s deadline for 20 UK banks to inform the FCA of any links they may have to Mossack Fonseca.

8 April 2016 FCA asks 20 banks to review links with Panamanian law firm

Bovill’s Colin Darby spoke with Thomson Reuters Accelus on the news that the FCA have written to 20 UK banks and other financial services firms to find out if they are linked to Mossack Fonseca, the law firm involved with the Panama Papers leak.

5 April 2016 Panama leaks reveal how professionals bypass AML controls

The Panama Papers leaked from the law firm Mossack Fonseca have reportedly revealed the tricks of the trade for helping clients laundering money, along with avoiding tax and sanctions. We understand over eleven million documents have been released, making it the biggest data leak in history and exposing how lawyers can alter identities to avoid bank anti-money laundering (AML) systems.

31 March 2016 Clarification of advice will be defining moment

Head of Venture Gillian Roche-Saunders provided FT Adviser with some thoughts on the recent proposals in the Financial Advice Market Review (FAMR) and the prospect of a narrower definition of regulated advice. FAMR are hoping to improve access to advice, and this could be of benefit to robo-advisers and non-advised distribution models.

30 March 2016 Andorra’s AML clean-up

Bovill’s Colin Darby spoke with Thomson Reuters Accelus on the finding of over 900 suspicious customer files plus material on money laundering at Banca Privada d’Andorra (BPA).

23 March 2016 The financial crime spectrum – episode 6

The financial crime direction has changed. Although AML should always be fundamental for firms, throughout the series we have highlighted other areas that we believe financial institutions need to pay more attention to going forward. As we wrap up our series, we want to emphasise how important it is that anti-financial crime controls go further than just banks, investment firms and typical financial institutions. Other types of institutions are being targeted by criminals: casinos, estate agents and virtual currency exchange platforms all need to catch up with financial institutions. Let’s take a look at these in turn.

17 March 2016 Banks need to review AML risk in Iran

Thomson Reuters Accelus spoke with Bovill’s Tasnoova Zaki on the importance of banks reviewing their AML risks in Iran, following the landmark JCPOA deal which saw a number of the economic sanctions imposed on Iran being lifted.

16 March 2016 BREXIT would force city to untangle web

CityAM spoke with Mark Spiers, Bovill’s Head of Banking, Investments and Lending about the implications of a vote to support Britain exiting the EU in the forthcoming referendum.

15 March 2016 The financial crime spectrum – episode 5

In our penultimate episode in the financial crime spectrum series, we turn our attention to cyber-crime. Cyber-crime has been around for a number of years; however, last year it began to make headlines and cause real concern for a number of firms. The digitalisation of the world has created a platform for criminals to conduct illicit activities more easily, with low risk and high reward; and with the UK being named the most cyber-dependent economy in the G20, cyber-crime is a threat to UK firms not to be ignored.

15 March 2016 The Financial Advice Markets Review (FAMR)

This joint proposal from the FCA and HMT follows a holistic review of the advisory market and proposes wide scale change to encourage more provision and take up of advisory services.

8 March 2016 The financial crime spectrum – episode 4

Because you can’t spell ‘Financial Crime’ without AML…the next edition of the Bovill financial crime spectrum highlights the key changes the Fourth Money Laundering Directive (4MLD) is set to bring to firms.

7 March 2016 UK gets tough on sanctions breaches

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, the UK Government is more determined than ever to take steps to prevent such attacks. In an effort to ensure that the existing preventative measures are properly enforced and speedily enacted, HM Treasury recently proposed a new Policing and Crime Bill that will implement three significant changes to the existing legislation:

29 February 2016 FCA explores blockchain for AML requirements

Bovill’s Victoria Aderounmu spoke with Thomson Reuters Accelus on Blockchain technology and its potential to assist firms with their AML requirements. The FCA is recognising Blockchain as a useful tool for compliance and are currently in discussion with the UK Government on their research of the technology.

11 February 2016 MiFID delay almost certain

As many expected (and hoped!), and due to “exceptional implementation challenges faced by regulators and market participants”, the European Commission has proposed a one year delay for compliance. This announcement has been made after months of speculation in the aftermath of ESMA’s initial suggestion that system issues require such a delay. The revised start date of 3 January 2018 must now be ratified by the European Parliament and Council.