Your Transitioning Workplace – Don’t Lose Sight of the Moving Parts

As firms begin to adjust to the “new normal,” which for many means staff and clients working remotely for an indefinite amount of time, it’s important to not lose sight of all the moving parts. Compliance is one of those, and now is a good time to look at your program and test it against… READ MORE

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Zoom – Firms Should Conduct a Risk-Based Assessment Before Implementation

As many firms have started heavily leveraging remote conferencing systems to maintain business continuity during this COVID-19 outbreak, Zoom has seen a sudden rise in popularity and an equally sudden rise in cybersecurity concerns. There are many reports detailing both the lack of available protections and the implementation of those protections by firms. Zoom has… READ MORE

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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

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Oyster Consulting Welcomes Nikki Brinkerhoff

“She brings years of experience working with U.S. regulators and large financial institutions. Over the past year, Oyster Bermuda received a number of inquiries from companies in Bermuda about U.S. regulations. The Bermuda Monetary Authority is a well-respected regulator, but compliance professionals will attest that each regulator likes things done in a particular way. Nikki’s experience with U.S. regulators could save the Bermuda business community time and energy as their trusted U.S. advisor. “

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Broker-Dealer Consolidated Reporting Enforcement Actions

Are Your Internal Controls, Written Procedures and Supervisory Reviews Enough? If your firm is affiliated with broker-dealers in the U.S., you may have reviewed the enforcement actions filed by FINRA related to the use of consolidated reports, and are wondering if you are doing enough to protect your firm.  Here is what you need to… READ MORE

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Fintech Firm Circle Leverages Oyster Consulting to Obtain Bermuda’s First Class F Digital Asset License

Circle and Oyster Consulting show the time is now for Bermuda’s dive into the Digital Assets industry. Circle, an global crypto financial services company, engaged Oyster Consulting (Bermuda), to help guide them through a successful application process for the Class F license, and to provide compliance services for the future. In June 2019 Circle became… READ MORE

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SEC Adopts Reg BI

The SEC Adopts Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI) and Additional Rules and Interpretations that Address Relationships Between Retail Investors and Investment Professionals

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