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MNPI Remains a High Risk Area for Compliance

Failing to adequately manage Material Non-Public Information (MNPI) remains a high risk area for compliance, as evidenced by recent actions in the U.S. and the U.K. A private equity firm paid $1 million to settle SEC charges for failing to implement effective Insider Trading compliance policies. The FCA published a Decision Notice fining a former CEO £658,900 for market abuse and banning him from future roles linked to regulated activity.

To avoid hefty fines and actions, firms must have comprehensive and actionable policies and procedures around the management of MNPI and insider lists to minimize risk.

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RegTech Rescuing Financial Services

According to a 2019 survey financial institutions, especially banks, are falling behind when applying digital transformation to conduct risk management. The current situation shone a light on the lack of technology to monitor employees' activities, regulations, conflicts of interest and conduct risk across organizations. During the pandemic, risk and compliance departments were struggling to manage risks, provide reporting and comply with regulations. All that drove even more attention to the need for RegTech solutions in financial services.

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Financial Services Firms Suspend or Review Political Contributions

The aftermath of the political unrest at the U.S. Capitol last week has seen many Financial Services firms putting the brakes on political contributions and reviewing their political donations policies. With the industry already expecting stricter rules and regulations in the new administration, it’s critical that firms have a solid understanding of the impact of political contributions on their organizations.

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ESMA Reports Increase in EU Market Abuse Penalties

ESMA published its annual report on December 21, summarising administrative and criminal sanctions and other measures imposed under the Market Abuse Regulation in 2019. A sum of 279 administrative sanctions and measures and 60 criminal sanctions were imposed for infringements of MAR in 2019. The total value of the penalties exceeds €88 million.

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2020: A Great Year of Webinars

2020 was a different year, but some things never change. MCO once again hosted several webinars to update compliance and risk professionals on the latest regulations, enforcements and industry best practices. Here are some of the highlights of what we learned from our expert speakers in 2020.

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