Act Now – FINOP Changes Required October 1st

FINRA is changing its registration requirements for Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and Chief Operating Officers (COOs).  The new registration rules take effect October 1, 2018. It is more than just a title change.  The requirement for certain firms to have a CFO/COO (requiring Series 27/28 licensing) is being applied to ALL firms, and the registration… READ MORE

FINRA Registration Reset

Last October, the SEC approved sweeping, new FINRA registration rules that consolidated and restricted existing NASD and NYSE registration rules.  The rules affected are FINRA Rules 1210, 1220, 1230, and 1240. The rules are effective October 1, 2018.  Over the next few weeks, Oyster will post blogs on the following topics to help you understand… READ MORE

Oyster Consulting (Bermuda) Chairman Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Brian R. Hall, OBE, received the Fred Reiss Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bermuda Captive Conference last week.  A former director and president of Johnson & Higgins, he is credited with taking the island’s captive insurance industry to global relevance. Hall also served as chair of the Bermuda College and the Insurance Advisory Committee (IAC),… READ MORE

Cryptocurrencies Could Change Product Purchasing, Trading and Tracking

Cryptocurrency and the blockchain technology behind many of these “coins” or “tokens” have the potential to completely change the way securities are created, distributed, and traded. They also hold the potential to change how purchases are made and assets are tracked. As with any significant leap that our industry takes, opportunities must be balanced against… READ MORE

Oyster Offers New Service for Insurance Managers

Oyster Consulting is proud to offer a new service for Insurance Managers.  Since late 2016/early 2017 Insurance Managers have been included in the group of entities regulated by the BMA for compliance with Bermuda’s Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”)/Anti-Terrorist Financing (“ATF”) regime.  All such regulated entities in Bermuda are obligated to have an independent AML audit performed… READ MORE

Have You Completed Your Annual AML Audit?

  Bermuda is joining the international push for transparency and accountability, enhancing its anti-money laundering/anti-terrorist financing regime as well as updating laws creating stronger data protection for the public and implementing international standards for bribery, corruption and fraud.  One of the new requirements for AML/ATF regulated entities in Bermuda is that they all must have… READ MORE

Oyster’s Henry Komansky’s AML/ATF Training Gaining Recognition

Throughout 2016, Oyster Consultant Henry Komansky conducted sold-out Lunch and Learn training sessions on the new AML Audit requirement and the latest Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Anti-Terrorist Financing (ATF) developments impacting all regulated entities on the island. Recently, Komansky was quoted in the Bermuda Fund Services 2017 Report, published by Global Fund Media, a targeted… READ MORE