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UK Audit Reform: Audits of Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting

The narrative that management and auditor assessment of internal controls of financial reporting is too expensive is a very common, but undemonstrated, narrative regarding virtually every accounting, disclosure, and audit reform. Investors view the benefits of ICFR audits as exceeding the costs.

Towards a deep review of the role of the European Financial SupervisoryAuthorities?

Now is the time to review the structure of the financial supervision in the EU. Empowering the ESAs with greater direct supervisory powers and resources and turning these authorities into more independent bodies are essential steps to achieve a genuine CMU, with a truly European single supervision.

The SPAC Boom – Our CFA Institute Advocacy Policy Engagement

Despite unprecedented
economic disruption, the US IPO market hit a record $170 billion in 2020, driven in large part by the unexpected surge in the use
of special purpose acquisition companies
(SPACs) to take private companies public. SPACs,
commonly referred to as blank-check… READ MORE ›

June 29, 30: Global Financial Regulatory Symposium

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Natural Capital Is the Coming Market Disruption You Haven’t Heard About. But You Will.

Partha Dasgupta from Cambridge has written a paper the world should read. His simple point? We exist within nature. It has potential to trigger disruptions in financial reporting and other spheres.

A Competitive Threat or a Wake-up Call?

Rules to open up competition in Indian stock exchanges may not bring new entrants, but they may nudge the market leader to shape up.

CFA Institute EMEA Membership Survey: Effects of MiFID II and PRIIPs on product governance in the EU asset management industry

CFA Institute surveyed European members on product governance practices over time and the specific effects major regulatory developments like MiFID II and PRIIPs have had in this respect.

FED Support of US Banks: Stop the Dividend Madness

When the Federal Reserve, backed by the US Treasury, is injecting capital into the financial system, blessing banks to take on more leverage and relaxing capital buffers, it is not the time for banks to be ejecting capital in the form of buybacks, dividends, and executive bonuses.

LIBOR: Like I Better Obtain (a) Replacement

The financial world doesn't seem to have a replacement for LIBOR ready.

The EU Looks Ready for a Halloween Brexit

Since the formation of a new government led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Westminster, the likelihood of a no-deal exit of the United Kingdom from the EU on 31 October seems to have risen exponentially.

ELTIFs: Fostering Retail Investors’ Access to Alternative Investments and the Need for Increased Transparency and Harmonization across Reporting Standards

European Long-Term Investment Funds (ELTIFs) are EU Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) managed by alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs). ELTIFs complement traditional sources of capital while enabling the financing of the real economy, which, in turn, contribute to the EU’s sustainable and inclusive growth.

EMIR: Regulating Systemically Important Central Counterparties

To improve the transparency and stability of the financial system in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, EMIR has imposed three new regulatory requirements.

Uber and Public Capital Markets: Shareholder Rights, Uninformative Prospectus, Weak Post-IPO Performance

The recent IPO of uber has been fascinating in terms of its relevance to many of the issues currently concerning participants in the public capital markets space. Is the capital raising ecosystem is still somehow out of kilter?

A Guide to EU Financial Politics and Policy Development (Podcasts)

This series provides a guide to the economic and policy developments within the European Union (EU) and is a must-listen for any student, policy maker, legislator, economist, or corporate strategist seeking a greater understanding of the opportunities, risks, and emerging policy initiatives that will affect the 330 million consumers living there and the companies doing or seeking to do business there.

CFA Institute Welcomes ESMA’s Proposals under the Prospectus Regulation

Despite all the interest in Brexit, the European Commission is still in the business of producing rules to manage securities markets.