Category: Financial Services Regulatory

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Blockchain: Things to Consider Before the Securities Industry Leaves the Sandbox

January 26, 2017

There have been many articles, papers, books, seminars, roundtables and conferences around the potential for blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT), and announcing trials or tests of new applications for blockchain technologies, especially in the financial services industry. Regulators, recognizing the potential for these applications (as one put it in a metaphor from an older revolutionary technology) to pick up…

Year in Review: Legislation and Guidance for Financial Institutions in 2016

January 18, 2017

The regulation of federally regulated financial institutions (FRFIs) continued intensifying in 2016 with a new wave of legislative and regulatory initiatives impacting mortgage lending, the bank resolution regime, the life insurance capital framework, anti-money laundering legislation, deposit insurance, and corporate and operational-risk governance, among many other areas. The key initiatives introduced or implemented in 2016 are outlined in this, our…

Moving the Goalposts: U.K. and U.S. Trends in Fintech Bank Licensing

January 9, 2017

The dominant fintech narrative for the Canadian banking industry shifted in 2016 from a new entrant versus incumbent storyline to one of collaboration, as major Canadian banks continued to partner with new technology entrants. The intent of these partnerships varies but they generally aim to expand the incumbent bank’s customer service offerings, improve its customer/user experience (or UX) or accelerate…

OSFI Releases Draft Guidance on Model Risk Management

January 4, 2017

On December 21, 2016, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), released for comment a new draft Guideline E-23 on enterprise-wide model risk management (Guideline). The draft Guideline aims to address the increasing reliance by financial institutions on internal models in management decision making and sets out OSFI’s minimum standards for managing and controlling model risk. The comment…

Ban Proposed on the Expiry of Rewards Points in Ontario

December 2, 2016

On October 20, 2016, an Ontario member of provincial parliament introduced Bill 47, Protecting Rewards Points Act (Consumer Protection Amendment), 2016 (Bill). The Bill’s purpose is primarily to prohibit the expiry of rewards points in Ontario due to the passage of time. While private members’ public bills do not frequently become law, this Bill has gained traction and quickly passed…

A New Financial Consumer Framework – Does this Change Everything?

October 26, 2016

On October 25, 2016, Bill C-29, Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2, received first reading. Division 5 of Bill C-29 will, if passed, consolidate the consumer provisions under the Bank Act. This is a result of successive governments’ promises to enact a comprehensive federal “consumer code” for banks, federal credit unions and foreign bank branches. It also reflects a response…

Beyond Cards: Evolving Regulation of Payments

October 20, 2016

As Canada’s payment industry continues to evolve, legislation and expectations of regulators are simultaneously shifting. With fintech transforming traditional payment models, complex regulatory requirements, compliance and risk mitigation considerations, there is much to discuss. Join Blakes lawyers for an overview of recent legal and regulatory developments and practical strategies to navigate the changing regulation of the payments industry. Topics: Code…

Proposed Supervision Framework and Publishing Principles for FCAC Decisions Released for Consultation

October 19, 2016

The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) recently published the following two documents for comment: Proposed Supervision Framework and Publishing Principles for FCAC Decisions (Consultation). The consultation period runs until November 14, 2016, and written comments can be submitted here. The FCAC last updated its Compliance Framework in 2011 (2011 Compliance Framework) and the current Consultation aims to address the…

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