New Guidance Strives to Make Reg Burdens More “Proportional”

Reduced compliance burdens for community-based financial institution are closer to reality with new guidance on “proportional” regulation from the Bank for International Settlements.  The Financial Stability Institute, the arm of Bank for International Settlements that promotes regulatory consistency across jurisdictions, on August 3rd issued new guidance clarifying when supervisors are allowed to deviate from international financial rules in order to reduce burdens on community-based financial institutions.

The guidance shows the range of approaches used to achieve “proportional” regulation in Brazil, the European Union, Hong Kong, Japan, Switzerland and the USA. “National-level supervisors are supposed to apply international financial regulatory standards ‘proportionally’ to smaller, less complex institutions like credit unions, but it was not always clear what ‘proportional’ meant in practice” said Michael Edwards, vice president and general counsel of World Council. “This new guidance provides national-level regulators with examples of compliance burden reduction ‘proportionality’ in six G20 economies that supervisors have discretion to adopt in any jurisdiction.”  Concurrently, the Financial Stability Institute also issued new guidance on cyber-risk.

Bank of International Settlements