Aspida Insights

Aspida Insights is where we draw on our knowledge, experience and expertise in key business areas such as compliance and risk management, regulation and corporate governance to offer our thoughts, forecasts and advice on a range of topical issues or areas of client concern.

Here you’ll find recent blogs, editorials, commentary, opinion and advisory pieces as well as videos and vox pops encapsulating Aspida Group’s extensive knowledge and insights.

You’ll also find news on developments at Aspida, offering insights into our business, and our people and our work in the communities in which we operate. 

Aspida Insights

Aspida Insights is where we draw on our knowledge, experience and expertise in key business areas such as compliance and risk management, regulation and corporate governance to offer our thoughts, forecasts and advice on a range of topical issues or areas of client concern.

Here you’ll find recent blogs, editorials, commentary, opinion and advisory pieces as well as videos and vox pops encapsulating Aspida Group’s extensive knowledge and insights.

You’ll also find news on developments at Aspida, offering insights into our business, and our people and our work in the communities in which we operate. 

Economic Substance – the practical steps you can take to comply

Aspida’s Doug MacKay takes you through the practical steps that can be taken to ensure you comply with the economic substance rules, without relying on any Covid exemptions on travel restrictions.

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FIAU fines fund €303,710 for ‘disregard’ of anti-money laundering rules

On 31 December 2021, the FIAU found that Southern Cross SICAV plc (‘the Company’), a collective investment scheme offered to professional investors, to be in gross breach of its AML/CFT obligations. The imposition of the administrative penalty was justified on breaches of the Prevention of Money Laundering and Funding of Terrorism Regulations (‘PMLFTR’) and related FIAU Implementing Procedures (‘IPs’) as follows:-

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FTSE 350 Boardroom Bellwether survey

Time for a temperature check?

Our Head of Company Secretarial Services, Lezanne Kretschmer, suggests that taking a moment to read the key findings of the recently published FTSE 350 Boardroom Bellwether survey, could be worth your while to keep your finger on the pulse.

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ESG and Where to Start…

With COP 26 now in full motion and sustainability covering such a plethora of subjects, regulation and information, we thought it might be useful to simplify a few key points so our advisory experts have come up with a quick guide.

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Our Hopes for COP26

With COP 26 starting this weekend we are all too aware of the importance of sustainability but how can we as organisations help?

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Treating Customers Fairly – who wouldn’t?

A core principle of financial services regulation and indeed the very foundation that trust between client and service provider is based is that of acting fairly and in the client’s interest.

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The trials and tribulations of relocating during a global pandemic.

Lezanne Kretschmer, our recently appointed Head of Company Secretarial Services, shares a personal account and anecdotes of what to expect and what it takes to relocate during a global pandemic.

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Compliance Transformation – more than rules and laws!

Horizon scanning, taking into account future developments, known and indeed unknown, is a key expectation of regulators when it comes to their requirements of compliance functions. But what if that horizon includes big changes to the methods of your compliance oversight itself?

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Reporting Suspicion

On 15th July 2021, the Commission issued its report on the thematic review on the reporting of suspicion of money laundering or terrorist financing. The thematic review comes after the Commission identified that some firms did not have effective policies, procedures and controls for the timely reporting of suspicion through their supervision process.

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