Tag:Governance

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Next Regulator Up: Treasury Department Explores AI in the Financial Sector
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SEC Adopts Enhanced Privacy Safeguards
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Europe: UK FCA’s Anti-Greenwashing Rule and Guidance Come Into Force on 31 May 2024
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Not That FAR Away
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SEC’s Increased Focus on “AI Washing:” Charges Announced Against Two Investment Advisers for Violations of the Marketing Rule
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Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Oral Arguments in Industry Groups’ Ongoing Petition to Vacate Private Fund Adviser Rules
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Europe: Agreement on EU ESG Ratings Regulation
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Australia: Climate-related Financial Disclosure: Exposure Draft Legislation
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Industry Groups File First Reply to SEC in Ongoing Petition Against New Private Fund Adviser Rules
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Australia: ASIC to Focus on Net Zero Statements and Targets

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.

SEC Adopts Enhanced Privacy Safeguards

By: Rich Kerr, Sasha Burstein, and Brian Doyle-Wenger

On 16 May 2024, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to Regulation S-P’s safeguards and disposal rules. The amendments are designed to address the expanded use of technology and corresponding risks that have emerged since the original adoption of Regulation S-P in 2000. The amendments expand the scope of information and broaden the number of customers protected under both rules. The safeguards and disposal rule will apply to “customer information”, which includes records that contain “nonpublic personal information” as defined in the existing rule. Additionally, the amended rule expands the applicability of the safeguards rule to include transfer agents, and the disposal rules to include all transfer agents including those registered with appropriate regulatory authorities other than the SEC.

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Europe: UK FCA’s Anti-Greenwashing Rule and Guidance Come Into Force on 31 May 2024

By: Philip Morgan, Andrew Massey, and Omega Modi

An anti-greenwashing rule comes into force in the UK on 31 May 2024. This is the first part of the FCA’s Sustainability Disclosure Requirements.

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Not That FAR Away

By: Claudine Salameh and Tamsyn Sharpe

On 15 March 2024 the Financial Accountability Regime (FAR) came into effect for authorised-deposit taking institutions (ADIs). Application of the FAR will be extended to insurers and registrable superannuation entities from 15 March 2025.

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SEC’s Increased Focus on “AI Washing:” Charges Announced Against Two Investment Advisers for Violations of the Marketing Rule

By: Matthew Rogers and Annabelle North

Following up on its previously-issued Investor Alert warning investors on the use of so-called “AI washing” by advisers in their marketing materials, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on 18 March 2024 the settlements of charges against two investment advisers for “making false and misleading statements about their purported use of artificial intelligence (AI).”

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Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Oral Arguments in Industry Groups’ Ongoing Petition to Vacate Private Fund Adviser Rules

By: TJ Bright, Annabelle H. North, and Bradley D. Bostwick

On 5 February 2024, the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and industry groups representing private investment fund sponsors, in the industry groups’ ongoing petition to vacate the new private fund adviser rules (PFAR) adopted by the SEC on 23 August 2023.

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Europe: Agreement on EU ESG Ratings Regulation

By: Hilger von Livonius and Philipp Riedl

On 5 February 2024, the EU Council and the EU Parliament agreed on a provisional text for the ESG Ratings Regulation (the Regulation).

Under the Regulation, in-scope EU providers of ESG ratings will require a licence from, and be supervised by, European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA).

In-scope ESG ratings will provide an opinion on a company’s or a financial instrument’s sustainability profile, by assessing its exposure to sustainability risk and its impact on society and the environment.

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Australia: Climate-related Financial Disclosure: Exposure Draft Legislation

By: Lisa Lautier and Rebecca Mangos

The Australian Government has released Treasury Laws Amendment Bill 2024: Climate-related financial disclosure, which is draft legislation confirming mandatory reporting of climate-related financial disclosure requirements.

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Industry Groups File First Reply to SEC in Ongoing Petition Against New Private Fund Adviser Rules

BY: TJ Bright and Annabelle North

On 22 January 2024, industry groups representing private investment fund sponsors, including the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), National Association of Private Fund Managers, and Managed Funds Association, filed their first reply to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) response in the groups’ ongoing petition against the new private fund adviser rules (PFAR) adopted by the SEC on 23 August 2023.

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Australia: ASIC to Focus on Net Zero Statements and Targets

By: Lisa Lautier and Dhivya Kalyanakumar

On 21-22 November 2023, the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) hosted the ASIC Annual Forum with a focus on ‘navigating disruption’. With heightened geopolitical uncertainty and market volatility, ASIC outlined its key focus areas for 2024:

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