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Regulation of Products

Wealth Managers and MiFID II

The European Union's second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) comes into effect on 3rd January 2018. This article looks at the state of play at present. ...

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Expert view: the UK's enforcement reforms explained

On 1 February, the UK's Financial Conduct Authority announced important changes to its enforcement process, most of which will take effect on 1st March. Polly James (pictured), a partner at the City law firm of ...

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Jurisdiction Focus

Trump begins 'war on regulation' in earnest

President Donald Trump has begun signing executive orders to cut regulation in all areas of the US Government but especially in finance and the environment. During one signing ceremony he said: "Today we're si...

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Technology

Liechtenstein to lower regulatory barriers to fintechs

The Liechtenstein Government intends to amend the Banking Act and the Financial Market Authority Act, the primary aim being to enable the Financial Market Authority to adjust the minimum capital of banks and inv...

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Anti-Money Laundering

Wolf of Wall Street producer denies washing 1MDB money

Riza Aziz, a step-son of Malaysia's prime minister and a producer of “The Wolf of Wall Street,” has filed court documents stating he is an “innocent owner” of assets allegedly acquired using money siphoned from ...

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Client Reporting

FCA proposes market reforms to help investors

The UK's Financial Conduct Authority has issued a discussion paper and a consultative document about changes to its listing rules that ought to be of interest to firms that advise HNW clients about the issuance ...

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Anti-Corruption

Panama Papers: the climax?

The torrid saga of the so-called Panama Papers seems to have come to a head with the arrest of Mossack Fonseca's partners and the takeover of FPB Bank by the Panamania Superintendency of Banks. ...