In the early 2010s, securities regulators were enacting wide-ranging legislation in response to the financial crisis of 2008. As the new laws were being implemented by the industry, regulators turned their attention to the hope of encouraging economic growth. They were brought up short in 2020 by the global Covid-19 pandemic, leading to legislative enactment delays.

Moving into 2022, financial services firms will continue to implement the tail end of the post-2008 regulatory programme, but the thematic focus has shifted. Regulations on sustainability and digitalisation have moved to the forefront, as changing global trends have identified a need to enable, control and supervise in both areas. The European Union’s “growth agenda” has led to the creation of the Capital Markets Union “action plan”. Brexit is leading to new regulatory reviews in the UK. In Asia Pacific, opportunities for cross-border investment continue to be explored as economies develop further and populations, in turn, demand a wider range of financial services. Policy makers in the Middle East will remain focused on initiatives that will drive greater diversification of their economies. The change of administration in the USA is bringing with it a change of emphasis in many areas, including regulatory priorities in financial services.

Read more about some of the key global policy priorities and regulations to watch as we move into 2022.

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