Regulatory Horizon 2022 | Prepare for the Challenges of Tomorrow


Adam Palmer

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  • Compliance
  • ESG
  • AML and Financial Crime
  • ComplianceAlpha
  • eComms Surveillance
  • FCA
  • Managed Services
  • Mirabella
  • Privacy
  • Cybersecurity

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Governance, risk and compliance (GRC) professionals at financial services firms are preparing for a bumpy ride in 2022, as the tectonic plates of regulatory change shift again within a rapidly evolving operating environment. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has set the agenda for the past two years. Now, regulators and firms must react to the implications of the conflict in Ukraine, as well as responding a rapidly evolving economic and ESG agenda.  

Whether it's new marketing rules or cyber-risk management obligations from the US SEC, regulatory divergence following the UK’s exit from the EU, reviewing financial crime systems and controls, particularly in relation to financial sanctions, or responding to the global move to implement environmental, social and governance (ESG) rules, the pressure is now on firms more than ever before. GRC must be addressed in a more strategic way, to thrive in such a dynamic environment.  

It's clear there is a lot of catching up to do with a new list of priorities to tackle.  

This year's Regulatory Horizon 2022: Preparing for the Challenges of Tomorrow conference, held on 8-10 March and hosted by GRC advisory firm, ACA Group, featured ten sessions, with more than 30 speakers and over 850 registered attendees. The event looked at some of the key GRC risks, offering actionable insights into how firms might better manage them to achieve the right outcomes.  

A whitepaper has been developed, capturing key takeaways and benchmarking polls from the event - much more detail is provided in the on-demand recordings of the individual sessions, which are embedded throughout this document.  

What’s clear from this paper is that financial services firms must prepare themselves for the regulatory challenges ahead. Anticipating potential risk is vital, be it the Ukraine conflict, runaway inflation or the faltering post-pandemic economic recovery. GRC professionals are required to manage these external pressures in the context of a hyper-competitive job market, an expanding regulatory and ESG agenda on both sides of the Atlantic, plus the motivation to get more from less.

Firms can no longer manage the governance, risk and compliance (GRC) burden on a project-to-project basis, throwing bodies and spreadsheets at a deadline and then moving on.  

Rather, GRC teams need to think about these changes strategically, and encourage their organisations to do so as well.  

By taking a more holistic view of the demands that they are being presented with and a smarter use of technology, GRC teams can not only reduce costs but also improve efficiency. This in turn provides opportunities for people with real expertise to focus on high value-added issues, such as staff development, retention, and risk mitigation.

Topics covered in the complimentary whitepaper include:

  • Finding Stability in and Unpredictable World
  • The Benefits of an Integrated Surveillance Solution
  • Transaction Reporting - Man vs Machine
  • Emerging Threats in the Cyber Landscape
  • The SEC's New Marketing Rule: All Change Please
  • The Positioning of Private Markets Amid the Great Recovery
  • The Dynamic Future of Regulatory Hosting
  • ESG Regulation: What Next?
  • Looking Ahead: A Review of FCA and SEC Priorities, and What to Focus on in 2022

Download our GRC whitepaper to identify your governance, risk and compliance gaps before the regulator does.


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