New Swiss ORSA for insurers – first impressions

Driven by the need for the Swiss insurance supervision system to be considered equivalent with the EU's new Solvency II directive (SII), on 8 July 2015 FINMA released a consultation on new Own Risk and Solvency Assessment (ORSA) requirements for Swiss (re)insurers and captives. What does this require? Will it be a heavy burden?

Facts and challenges of the AML-Revision

The adaption to the recommendations of the FATF required the most comprehensive revision of the Swiss Anti Money Laundering regulation since 1998. Based on the amended Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA), FINMA fully revised the FINMA Anti-Money Laundering Ordinance (AMLO-FINMA). AMLA and AMLO-FINMA will enter into effect on 1 January 2016.

Impact of the SNB decision on SST reporting companies

On 23 February, FINMA responded to the current economic environment and required all SST (Swiss Solvency Test) reporting companies to add a chapter to their SST Report on the effect of the SNB decision to remove the euro cap and the lowering of the base rate.

Swiss Financial Market: Regulatory Outlook 2015

Regulatory bodies all over the world continue to address issues that became apparent in the financial crisis. The beginning of the New Year is a good point in time to take stock of the regulations that has entered into force on 1 January 2015, and of regulations in discussion during 2015.

Operationelle Risiken – Im Fokus der Regulatoren

Am 1. Oktober 2013 hat die FINMA ihre definitive Fassung des teilrevidierten Rundschreibens "Operationelle Risiken Banken" veröffentlicht, in welchem sie die qualitativen Anforderungen ans Management von operationellen Risiken sowie den Umgang mit elektronischen Kundendaten konkretisiert.
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Capital requirements could rise further as „Basel 4“ starts to emerge

Even though the original implementation deadline for Basel 3 is still a far-distant 2019, we are already starting to see the emergence of „Basel 4“ – which could require global financial institutions to have to hold even more capital. For example in the UK, the eight largest banks are likely to have to hold an additional £50 billion in capital, according […]