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FSB Concerns Over Cloud Concentration in Financial Services Continues

The FSB is reviewing cloud provider concentration risk in the latest example of regulator concern over reliance on leading cloud providers by financial services institutions. By Alan W. Avery, Nicola Higgs, and Fiona Maclean The Financial Stability Board (FSB), an international body of G-20 central banks and supervisors, continues to scrutinize the use of cloud … Continue Reading

Harbor Finds Calmer FINRA Waters Outside the Custody Storm

In line with its previous guidance, FINRA has granted broker-dealer (but not custodian) status to a digital asset platform. By Stephen P. Wink, Cameron R. Kates, Shaun Musuka, and Deric Behar In a follow-up to the July 2019 SEC and FINRA joint staff statement (Joint Statement) clarifying the regulators’ position on the custody of digital … Continue Reading

The Systemic Importance of Cloud-Based Service Providers to Banks

US lawmakers urge FSOC to designate cloud-based storage systems used by major banks as systemically important financial market utilities. By Alan W. Avery, Victoria McGrath, and Pia Naib In an August 22, 2019, letter addressed to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in his capacity as chair of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), Congresswoman Katie Porter … Continue Reading

Navigating Data Processing Ethics for FinTech in Hong Kong

If adopted efficiently, the PCPD’s Ethical Accountability Framework should help organizations to demonstrate and enhance trust with individuals. By Kieran Donovan In October, 2018, Hong Kong’s Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD) presented the findings of an inquiry into the ethics of data processing, commissioned by the PCPD with the help of the Information Accountability … Continue Reading

UK and Singapore Regulators Announce Enhanced Cybersecurity Collaboration

By Andrew C. Moyle, Grace Erskine, and Charlotte Collins As leading global financial and FinTech centres, the UK and Singapore will benefit from strengthening their cybersecurity alliance. On 13 June 2019, the Bank of England, the Financial Conduct Authority, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore announced that they will be working together to strengthen cybersecurity … Continue Reading

FCA Outlines Key Deadlines for PSD2 Compliance

As several PSD2 deadlines approach, PSPs must comply with reporting and notification requirements, as well as with their GDPR obligations. By Christian F. McDermott, Fiona M. Maclean, and Jagveen Tyndall Though the majority of the provisions relating to the revised EU Payment Services Directive (PSD2) came into force in the UK on 13 January 2018, … Continue Reading

Hong Kong’s SFC Issues Policy Statement on Security Token Offerings

The SFC’s guidance provides helpful clarity amidst growing interest in security token offerings. By Simon Hawkins and Kenneth Hui On 28 March 2019, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a policy statement on security token offerings (STOs) summarizing the legal and regulatory requirements applicable to parties engaging in STOs. This guidance follows … Continue Reading

FCA Speaks Out on the Ethics of Big Data

FCA Chair hints that new regulation addressing data ethics in the FinTech space may be on the horizon. By Nicola Higgs, Fiona Maclean and Terese Saplys Will societies of the future be ruled by algocracy, in which algorithms decide how humans are governed? Charles Randell, Chair of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Payment Systems … Continue Reading

UK Budgets for Fintech Growth

By Andrew Moyle and Stuart Davis The UK government’s 2017 Autumn Budget included some measures of particular interest for fintech firms, demonstrating the government’s continued commitment to making the UK a world-leading fintech hub. The government has provided only scant detail on these measures at present, but no doubt firms will be watching closely to … Continue Reading
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