Author Archives: Sandro Fehlmann

New Regulatory Guidelines on Operational Risks and Remuneration Schemes for Banks, Securities Dealers and Financial Groups/Conglomerates

On 1 November 2016, FINMA published the revised circulars 2008/21 on “Operational risks – banks” and 2010/1 on “Remuneration schemes” which both have been revised in the context of the new FINMA circular 2017/1 “Corporate governance – banks”. The most significant changes pertain to i) the adoption of minimum requirements for the regulation of IT and cyber risks in the revised circular 2008/21 as well as ii) a narrowed scope of application and the prohibition of hedge transactions in the revised circular 2010/1. Both revised circulars will enter into force on 1 July 2017.

By Peter Ch. Hsu / Sandro Fehlmann (Reference: CapLaw-2017-26)

New Regulatory Guidelines on Corporate Governance for Banks, Securities Dealers and Financial Groups/Conglomerates (FINMA Circular 2017/1)

On 1 November 2016, FINMA published its new circular 2017/1 on “Corporate governance – banks” streamlining the regulatory framework on corporate governance for banks, securities dealers, financial groups and conglomerates by defining partially revised minimum requirements and underlying principles. The new circular consolidates and replaces three former FINMA circulars and addresses the experiences made in the financial crisis as well as the revised international standards. The most significant changes pertain to i) FINMA’s commitment to a more principle based approach and consistent application of the principle of proportionality, ii) the introduction of provisions for the audit and risk committee of the governing body as well as iii) the possibility to delegate the internal audit function to another unregulated group company, provided such group company fulfills certain minimum requirements regarding capabilities and resources. The new circular will enter into force on 1 July 2017.

By Peter Ch. Hsu / Sandro Fehlmann (Reference: CapLaw-2017-17)