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Turning Change Into Opportunity


Dramatic changes in the markets for financial instruments and for services related to those instruments – such as market-making, clearing and settlement, and asset management – are part of an evolutionary process. Adaptability is as much a key to survival on Wall Street as it is in the natural world. But which adaptations have the best chance of success? CMA’s George Bollenbacher explores the lessons we can learn from scientific… Read More »

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Check out G. Bollenbacher’s latest article on evolving regulations and markets, featured as part of TabbForum‘s “Rebuilding Risk And Compliance for the Age Of Oversight” Spotlight Series:

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Webinar: Navigating the MiFID Maze Check out this informative and comprehensive free webinar from George Bollenbacher, Partner and Head of CMA’s Regulatory Reform Practice, who will help you “Find Your Way Through the MiFID / MAR Maze.” George will walk you through the Role of an Order Management System (OMS) once MiFID II comes into effect, and configuring your OMS in the future. Watch the complete recording here:  

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The new Market Abuse Regulation in Europe includes enhancements that strengthen rules against insider trading and market manipulation, and add provisions to prevent and detect them. While most firms should be well on their way to having systems ready for compliance, firms need to take note of these six major changes in the regulation. We are almost under starter’s orders for compliance with the new Market Abuse Regulation (MAR), which… Read More »

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May 8th,2016

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Thursday, May 5th, 2016 by GEORGE BOLLENBACHER When the Volcker Rule went into effect in July 2015, it was a significant revolution in the trading practices of US banks. Millions were spent preparing for compliance, and lots more on the new business as usual. Despite all of the effort, however, there are still some aspects that aren’t running smoothly. George Bollenbacher looks at some of those lingering problems and asks… Read More »

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Thursday, April 28th, 2016 by GEORGE BOLLENBACHER In the never-ending stream of market regulations coming from the EU, the one that has been overlooked, like a bear in hibernation, is the Securities Financing Transaction Regulation. Its implementation may be a little further off than MiFID II or MAR, but soon enough it will wake up and rear its ugly head. And you don’t want this hungry bear staring at you.… Read More »

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Monday, April 18th, 2016 by GEORGE BOLLENBACHER That is the premise of how regulators typically work when it comes to deciding whether to fine a firm for wrongdoing. However, when it comes to new European regulations prohibiting insider trading and market manipulation, that will soon no longer be the case. The new European Market Abuse Regulation (MAR), effective in July, makes the intent to commit insider trading and market manipulation… Read More »

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Soft dollars have been a significant contributor to the bottom lines of many investment managers. With the most recent delegated directive under MiFID II, however, European regulators have mandated major changes to the use of soft dollars. While this has been the No. 1 topic of conversation among IMs in Europe, it also has a significant impact on IMs in the US (or anywhere else that allows soft dollars). When… Read More »

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April 19th & 20th, 2016 – In the years since the financial crisis, the primary risk oversight process utilized by the US regulators has been the Comprehensive Capital Adequacy & Review, known as CCAR. The Federal Reserve Bank administers these exercises on an annual basis. The 2015 CCAR examination involved 31 bank holding companies comprising 80% of total US domestic consolidated assets. While there has been significant improvement in the… Read More »

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