Software Selection – Where Do I Start?

Many firms are looking to improve their bottom line, and one of the ways this can be done is by updating your software. But where to begin? How do you know if it will work for your firm? What will the implementation look like? What about hidden costs?  In a recent episode of our Oyster… READ MORE

Why Are Independent Reviews So Important?

Monitoring the conduct of your business by ensuring there are robust systems and controls in place and that you have an independent process to identify and remediate any weaknesses in your policies and procedures is a hallmark of good corporate governance. It also protects your firm and your clients. Specifically, an independent audit should be… READ MORE

Identify and Mitigate Risk: Third-Party Service Providers

The Economic Substance laws and the updated Guidance provided in December 2019 require certain Regulated Entities to submit their declaration indicating the level on on-island activity no later than six months after their financial year start date. It is now August, and although many firms have already completed their declaration, others have various filing dates… READ MORE

Economic Substance Law Requires Risk, Due Diligence and Oversight Processes

In December 2019 the Bermuda Finance Minister released final Guidance around Bermuda’s Economic Substance (ES) laws.  Firms falling within the scope of the ES laws are required to submit their declaration indicating the level on on-island activity no later than six months after their financial year start date. Many companies are using third-party relationships to… READ MORE

Regulators Share Lessons Learned – Transitioning to Remote Work and Remote Supervision

In June 2020 FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), a regulatory body governing broker-dealers int he U.S., released a regulatory notice to help firms understand how their peers are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.  In this Notice the FINRA staff shared certain observations based on discussions with member firms about steps taken to transition personnel to… READ MORE

Have You Completed Your AML Audit? Time is Running Out

Why AML/ATF Annual Reviews Are Important AML/ATF-regulated entities in Bermuda have an obligation of having an independent Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) audit performed at least annually. This means at least once a year and more frequently when senior management becomes aware of any gap or weakness in the AML/ATF policies, procedures or controls, or when senior… READ MORE