Archive:June 2024

Deciphering Derivatives Transaction Reporting
Next Regulator Up: Treasury Department Explores AI in the Financial Sector
5th Circuit Vacates the Private Fund Adviser Rules in Full
Europe: The Central Bank of Ireland Continues to Focus on Financial Stability

Deciphering Derivatives Transaction Reporting

By: Jim Bulling and Simon Kiburg

On 21 October 2024 the new ASIC Derivative Transaction Rules (Reporting) 2024 (2024 Rules) will come into effect replacing the current ASIC Derivative Transaction Rules (Reporting) 2022 (2022 Rules). In this post we set out some of the major changes to the 2022 Rules and some of the issues market participants in this space should be aware of.

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Next Regulator Up: Treasury Department Explores AI in the Financial Sector

By: Matthew J. Rogers and Maxwell J. Black

On 6 June 2024, the Department of the Treasury (the Treasury) published a request for information on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the financial services sector, with the goal of gathering input from a wide range of stakeholders. This request follows soon after the Treasury’s report on AI and cybersecurity.

Like other US regulators, including the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Treasury is interested in understanding the opportunities and risks posed by AI, including the potential impact on consumers, investors, financial institutions, and businesses. Specifically, the Treasury is seeking feedback on the definition of AI under President Biden’s Executive Order on Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of AI, the types of AI models and tools used by financial institutions, and the general accessibility of AI.

Of particular interest is the Treasury’s query regarding a potential “human capital shortage” in financial organizations. This concerns the scenario where companies utilize AI tools without sufficient employees that fully understand their mechanisms. Additionally, the request solicits perspectives on model risks, operational risks, compliance risks, and third-party risks, among others.

This request for information shows that the Treasury is looking to augment the efforts of the CFTC, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and banking agencies, which have also requested similar AI-related information. It remains to be seen the extent to which federal agencies such as the Treasury coordinate their rulemaking processes and how any such rules will fit together.

5th Circuit Vacates the Private Fund Adviser Rules in Full

By: Pablo J. Man, TJ Bright, Kenneth Holston, Christopher W. Phillips-Hart, and Tristen C. Rodgers

Earlier today, 5 June 2024, the US Fifth Circuit Court fully vacated the Private Fund Adviser Rules (PFAR) in a unanimous and highly anticipated decision curbing the Securities and Exchange Commission’s authority to regulate private funds. Absent a successful appeal of the decision, the PFAR will not come into effect.

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Europe: The Central Bank of Ireland Continues to Focus on Financial Stability

By: Shane Geraghty, Michelle Lloyd, and Ruth Hennessy

The Central Bank of Ireland has announced this week that they will publish a feedback statement on their approach to macroprudential policy for investment funds, we expect in the coming months.

They issued a discussion paper on this topic late last year. The European Commission also released a targeted consultation on macroprudential policies for non-bank financial intermediaries on 22 May 2024.

The Central Bank’s announcement follows hot on the heels of its publication of a macroprudential policy framework for Irish-authorised GBP-denominated liability driven investment funds, as discussed here.

At the Central Bank’s recent Macroprudential Policy for Investment Funds Conference, the Governor of the Central Bank, Gabriel Makhlouf, indicated that a macroprudential framework for investment funds should not be a replication of the banking framework and should have:

  • A well-articulated set of objectives and principles; and
  • A framework tailored to the nature of the systemic risk from different fund cohorts – i.e. not a
    ‘one-size-fits-all approach’.

Governor Makhlouf noted that the objective is to ensure that this growing segment of the financial sector becomes more resilient and less likely to amplify adverse shocks.

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