EMERGING THEMES IN FINANCIAL REGULATION 2021

Welcome to the 2021 edition of our annual Emerging Themes in Financial Regulation publication. As with the 10 editions that have gone before, this year’s publication maintains the familiar essence of Emerging Themes - a collection of personal points of view and insights on new developments in the regulatory landscape from members of the BCLP team.

In current uncertain times we have all been forced to view the world with a new appreciation of the fragility of life and the downsides of globalisation. Our Emerging Themes in Financial Regulation 2021 report helps identify areas where changes are happening in a way that can bring not only challenges, but also opportunities to build greater resilience for the future.

By now, you are used to us telling you that the coming year will bring challenges that you haven’t had to deal with previously. But the events of 2020 have thrown an entirely new perspective on what “challenging” feels like – we are now living with a degree of uncertainty in all aspects of our professional and personal lives that most of us have never experienced before.

This year our mission is to help you identify where change is happening in a way that brings not only challenges, but also opportunities to build even greater resilience for the future.

To stay strong and productive as the “new normal” has emerged around us, all businesses – including our own – have had to adapt quickly to unconventional ways of working and adjust their priorities to reflect a new appreciation of the fragility of life and the transience of norms that we previously took for granted.

There are, however, reasons for cautious optimism. The COVID-19 vaccines have already led to an uptick in corporate activity as we anticipate reaching the immunity “tipping point”. And the global acceleration of the sustainability agenda and adoption of technological solutions are widely seen as positive developments.

In this context, there was only one candidate for the theme for this year’s Emerging Themes: Building Resilience.

So this year, our mission is to help you identify where change is happening in a way that brings not only challenges, but also opportunities to build even greater resilience for the future.

Within the overarching theme of Building Resilience we have drawn out six key sub-themes:-

  1. BREXIT Dealing with life outside the EU
  2. CHANGE Adapting to regulatory change
  3. RISK Identifying and managing regulatory and litigation risk
  4. TECHNOLOGY Technological solutions to tough challenges and evolving opportunities
  5. GOVERNANCE Governance for resilience
  6. SUSTAINABILITY & PEOPLE Getting behind the sustainability agenda and looking after each other

We hope you enjoy reading this collection of views from members of our team and that they spark many fruitful conversations over the coming weeks and months. Kind regards Nathan Willmott and Mark Srere

NATHAN WILLMOTT

Co-head of the Investigations, Financial Regulation & White Collar Group, London

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MARK SRERE

Co-head of the Investigations, Financial Regulation & White Collar Group, Washington DC

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in Financial Regulation 2021 publication

DEALING WITH LIFE OUTSIDE THE EU Read more >

ADAPTING TO REGULATORY CHANGE Read the articles >

IDENTIFYING AND MANAGING REGULATORY AND LITIGATION RISK Discover more >

TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS TO TOUGH CHALLENGES AND EVOLVING OPPORTUNITIES Find out more >

GOVERNANCE FOR RESILIENCE Read our views >

GETTING BEHIND THE SUSTAINABILITY AGENDA AND LOOKING AFTER EACH OTHER Access our points of view >

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