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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FASEA Requirements & Code of Ethics for Financial Advisers

The Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) sets education, training and ethical standards for the financial services industry. The body approves qualifications and exams, develops the Code of Ethics, and sets CPD requirements for licensed financial advisers in Australia.

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DOJ Guidance on Evaluation of Corporate Compliance

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) recently published an updated version of its guidance on the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs.

The guidance provides direction regarding corporate compliance best practices and addresses the three fundamental questions that should be used to evaluate a corporate compliance program.

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