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Latham Launches 2nd Edition of Pioneering Culture Assessment Framework

As COVID-19 sharpens the focus on corporate culture and ESG, organisations should be aware of heightened regulatory scrutiny. Corporate culture remains high on the financial regulatory agenda, and it’s likely to attract even more attention in the future. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has sharpened the focus on organizational culture and the social and … Continue Reading

MAR and Sustainable Investing / ESG

ESG and the reasonable investor test under MAR. By David Berman, Rob Moulton, and Nicola Higgs Background Historically, “profit maximisation” has been regarded as the sole (or predominant) objective for investors. Today, however, an ever-increasing proportion of investors have additional/alternative — sustainability (or ESG)-related — objectives[i]. These investors are not seeking profit at all costs … Continue Reading

CFTC Report: Climate Change Threatens Stability of US Financial System

A watershed CFTC report highlights the dangers of climate change to the US economy, and provides a broad risk-mitigation roadmap. By Jean-Philippe Brisson, Paul A. Davies, Nicola Higgs, Yvette D. Valdez, R. Andrew Westgate, Kristina S. Wyatt, and Deric Behar On September 9, 2020, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC’s) Climate-Related Market Risk Subcommittee … Continue Reading

Dear CEO: UK Banks and Insurers Should Embed Approaches to Managing Climate Change Risks by End-2021

The PRA expands its supervisory expectations for firms on managing climate-related financial risk — publishing a Dear CEO guidance letter. By Nicola Higgs and Anna Lewis-Martinez On 1 July 2020, the PRA published guidance in the form of a Dear CEO letter to banks, insurers, and other PRA-regulated firms on managing climate-related financial risk. The … Continue Reading

Key Regulatory Developments in Hong Kong and Singapore: June 2020

Regulators seek to expand market connectivity for wealth management products and enhance financial institutions’ environmental risk management. By Farhana Sharmeen, Simon Hawkins, Kenneth Hui, and Marc Tan This blog post summarises key regulatory developments in Hong Kong and Singapore during June 2020, including: The announcement of a new “Wealth Management Connect” mutual market access project … Continue Reading

UK Delays Decision on Adopting EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy

The delay may complicate the regulatory landscape for sustainable finance as the EU moves toward a standardized classification system.  By Paul A. Davies, Nicola Higgs, and Michael D. Green The UK government (government) has delayed a decision on whether it will adopt the EU’s taxonomy of sustainable finance activities (the Taxonomy) as the UK approaches the end of … Continue Reading

COVID-19: Key UK Business Measures — State of Play

A summary of key COVID-19-related measures announced by the UK government to support businesses and workers. By Rob Moulton and Anna Lewis-Martinez Starting with the budget on 11 March 2020, the UK government has outlined significant measures to support British businesses and workers on an unprecedented scale during the COVID-19 outbreak. These measures include: the … Continue Reading
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