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Swiss regulator updates its enforcement and communication policies 14:01 GMT
The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has stepped up its fight against market abuse and insider trading in the latest update of its enforcement policy. It has at the same time issued a new policy on communication to redefine the parameters for FINMA’s public communication, most notably with regards to regulatory matters, which will now only be handled via FINMA ordinances and circulars.

South African bank to open offshore branch in Guernsey 28/10/2014
The Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC) issued a deposit-taking licence to FirstRand Bank Limited Guernsey branch on Friday 17 October.

Switzerland launches consultation on unilateral application of OECD standard on exchange of information upon request 27/10/2014
Switzerland’s Federal Council has launched the consultation procedure regarding the Federal Act on the unilateral application of the OECD Standard on the Exchange of Information (GASI).

London-based wealth manager launches French expat business 27/10/2014
Maseco Private Wealth, a UK wealth manager specialising in serving US clients, has extended its reach to cater for one of the largest expat communities in the UK, the French expatriates.

Guernsey showcases credentials to Chinese fund managers 20/10/2014
Guernsey Finance, the promotional agency for the Island’s finance industry, has demonstrated its credentials as an international funds centre to China’s leading asset management groups.

Guernsey Finance appoints new CEO 20/10/2014
Channel Island promotional body, Guernsey Finance, has announced Dominic Wheatley as its new chief executive with effect from 1 December. Mr Wheatley will replace Fiona Le Poidevin, whose resignation was announced in July (see thewealthnet 29/07/2014).

EXCLUSIVE: New entrants to wealth management sector likely to come from unexpected sources, Hakan Valberg of Advent Software told 2014 PAM Annual Operations Dinner 17/10/2014
New entrants to the wealth management sector are likely not to come from the traditional areas that have fed the industry in the past, according to Hakan Valberg, president of Advent Software EMEA.

EXCLUSIVE: Management information needs to inform on four key areas post-RDR, Neil Walkling of Bovill tells 2014 PAM Annual Operations Dinner 16/10/2014
In the post Retail Distribution Review (RDR) world, management information at wealth management firms must include four key areas to ensure a firm is keeping within the spirit and rules of the new regulation, Neil Walkling, consultant and conduct risk specialist at Bovill told the 2014 PAM Annual Operations Dinner earlier this week (14/10/2014)

European Banking Authority launches crackdown on bankers' bonuses 16/10/2014
The European Banking Authority (EBA) yesterday (15/10/2014) published the findings of its investigation into discretionary remuneration practices across the EU banking sector. It showed that competent authorities across the 28 EU Member States have reported that 39 institutions use ‘role-based' or ‘market value' allowances on top of fixed remuneration.

Swiss regulator publishes fully revised Collective Investment Schemes Ordinance 14/10/2014
The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA will put its fully revised Collective Investment Schemes Ordinance into effect on 1 January 2015.

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