SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Issues COVID-19 Risk Alert
Lexology reported that “On August 12, 2020, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE), issued a risk alert highlighting COVID-19 compliance risks and considerations for broker-dealers and investment advisers. The risk alert highlights six categories of compliance risk: Protection of investors’ assets, Supervision of personnel, Practices relating to fees, expenses, and financial transactions, Investment fraud, Business continuity, and Protection of investor and other sensitive information. Through its exams, operations and outreach efforts with SEC registrants, OCIE has observed the impacts of COVID-19 on registrants and their resulting operational resiliency challenges.” The US Securities and Exchange Commission reported that “market volatility related to COVID-19 may have heightened the risks of misconduct in various areas that the staff believe merit additional attention. This risk alert has been issued with an aim to inform firms and the public generally of these findings.
The Hong Kong Money Authority (HKMA)’s Guidance for banks on Climate Risk Practices
“The Hong Kong Money Authority (HKMA) has recently consulted selected Authorised institutions (AIs) about their approach to climate risk management in the four areas. Some of the key measures adopted by these AIs which are subsidiaries of international banks are noted and have been used as practical guidance in the White Paper”. The HKMA whitepaper explained that using risk management, “AIs are expected to incorporate climate risk considerations into their existing risk management framework.” The HKMA noted, “that advanced AIs aimed to develop a voluntary, consistent climate-related financial risk disclosure framework for firms to report information to stakeholders”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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