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The Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority is taking steps toward an increased consumer protection

The Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority is taking steps toward an increased consumer protection

The Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (Sw. Finansinspektionen) believes that the consumer’s position in the financial market in general is good despite significant conflicts of interest and complexity of many services. The range of financial services and the options have increased in the past decade. This leads to more financial decisions ... Read More »

Community Banks Get Some Relief from the Requirements of the Volcker Rule

Community Banks Get Some Relief from the Requirements of the Volcker Rule

In a move that should offer some relief to community banks, five federal financial regulatory agencies (the Federal Reserve Board, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission), have approved an interim final rule ... Read More »

Payment Institutions

Payment Institutions

Malta’s banking sector has taken great strides forward in the last fifteen years, expanding from four banks offering services to the Maltese population to a sophisticated EU-compliant banking sector which comprises a large amount of payment institutions (PIs) complementing this sector. Read More »

Project financing: Italian supervisory authority publishes a new market consultation opportunity

Project financing: Italian supervisory authority publishes a new market consultation opportunity

The Italian Authority for the Supervision of Public Contracts for works, services and supplies (AVCP) has initiated a public consultation process (by issuing the so-called “Consultation Document”) to elicit from interested parties review and comment of the Determinations of January 14, 2009 no. 1 (Project Finance Guidelines after the entering ... Read More »

Reintroduction of civil mediation for disputes arising from banking and finance agreements in Italy

Reintroduction of civil mediation for disputes arising from banking and finance agreements in Italy

The Italian Government, with the aim of reducing the prolonged civil litigation proceedings and to improve its efficiency, has reintroduced a mandatory civil mediation procedure. The provisions have been enacted by Section 84, Law Decree no. 69/2013 (“Decreto del Fare”) which contains amendments and integrations to the Legislative Decree 28/2010 ... Read More »

Malta: Taxation of private pensions

Malta: Taxation of private pensions

Malta is increasingly becoming a financial services centre of repute looked at by a number of financial services operators as the ideal platform to set up their private pension schemes. Malta’s success is attributable to the flexible and prudent manner in which the industry is regulated, providing the desired certainty, ... Read More »

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