Written on Tuesday, 16 February 2021
GACO invites you to a webinar on “going paperless”. The advantages of this have been apparent to us through lockdown and GACO has asked three speakers to give their views and also to enable you to ask your questions on the issues and benefits of creating and managing a paperless office.
Director of Specialist Regulation, Heidi Bocarisa, will be sharing the GFSC's perspective on operating in a paperless world, covering both its approach to methods used during onsites, as well as the change in the organisation’s culture since assimilating a paperless system.
From 26 June 2021, a new prudential regime will apply to Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) investment firms across the EU as well as UK and Gibraltar. The changes are being introduced by the Investment Firms Regulation (IFR) and the Investment Firms Directive (IFD). The core aim of the IFR/IFD is to introduce more proportionate rules for all MIFID investment firms in relation to capital, liquidity and other risk management requirements, while ensuring a level-playing field between large and systemic financial institutions. While the IFR will be directly applicable across the EU once it enters into force in full, Member States must implement the IFD into national law by way of domestic legislation. Implementing legislation for Ireland has not yet been published.
Written on Thursday, 28 January 2021
“The disruption caused by COVID-19 has demonstrated the value of technology in overcoming some of the challenges. Digital innovation may help address issues from the longer-term decline in the use of cash, increase the availability of mass market financial advice, and reduce the need for manual processes in businesses. We are committed to supporting innovation that works for all, including vulnerable customers and smaller firms. We know that our regulatory framework needs to keep pace – focussing on outcomes, and being forward looking.”
Written on Monday, 19 October 2020
For all sectors of financial services, the gaming industry, and other sectors of the business community such as real estate and high value dealers, having employees and management with appropriate knowledge and awareness of the financial crime controls that need to be in place and any regulatory developments is paramount. For this reason, GACO is committed to offering annual anti-money laundering training and counter-terrorism financing and is happy to invite you to attend this year’s sessions which shall be delivered by David Parody.
Written on Friday, 02 October 2020
Speakers: James Lasry & Jay Gomez
Date: 15th October 2020Time: 9.00 - 10.00hrs (including 15 minutes Q&A)
Price: £35 for GACO & GFIA Members; £50 for non-members
Target Audience: Compliance Officers & MLROs, Senior Management in Banks, any Person interested in knowing more about Gibraltar Funds.
Although the funds industry in Gibraltar has come a long way since its launch in 2005 and Gibraltar Funds, mainly private and experienced investor funds, are an important sector of the financial industry, for many professionals in the industry they are still unknown or there are certain questions that remain unanswered.
Written on Tuesday, 08 September 2020
We are very happy in connection with Brightmed Gibraltar to announce the following very interesting webinar that is not only addressed at MLRO's and Compliance Officers but as well to any Senior Manager as well as anyone dealing with MLRO's and Compliance Officers on a daily basis.
The title of the Webinar is:
A New Paradigm - Successful Management Style for the XXI century or a new breed of Compliance Managers, where the quality of the future leadership and the success of their organisation is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
Written on Thursday, 02 July 2020
The EU has adopted a new harmonised prudential regime that will apply to all investment firms authorised in the EU from June 2021. The new Investment Firm Regulation and Directive (IFR/IFD) will treat some firms as if they were credit institutions and subject them to the same prudential rules as deposit-taking banks, while imposing entirely new and potentially challenging capital, consolidation, reporting, governance and remuneration requirements on other investment firms. Firms need to act now to prepare for the application of the new regime.
Written on Monday, 08 June 2020
Over the years, the techniques used by money launderers, financial criminals and terrorists have evolved in response to governmental and institutional countermeasures. In recent years, facing increased anti-money laundering legislation and more advanced AML/CTF procedures in credit and financial institutions, some money launderers and terrorists resorted to the non-financial sector to conceal their criminal revenues.
Written on Monday, 01 June 2020
In accordance with clauses 8.3, 9.5 and 16.1 of the Constitution, notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting will be held at 09.30 on Thursday 2nd July 2020 online via GoToMeeting Application.
1. Approval of the minutes of the 2019 Annual General Meeting held on 10th July 2019 2. Chairperson’s Report3. Treasurer’s Report4. Training Committee Report 5. Ratification of Executive Committee Actions6. Election of Executive Committee for calendar year 2021 (see notes 1 & 2 below)7. Members’ subscription fees for calendar year 2021 (see note 3 below)8. Any Other BusinessRead more and registration: https://www.gaco.gi/general-meeting-2020
Written on Wednesday, 20 May 2020
GACO is pleased to announce its latest virtual training session which will be delivered free to our members.
Risk assessments are fundamental to the effective implementation of a risk-based approach to AML/CFT. A national risk assessment is key for a jurisdiction to comply with the FATF standards, and business risk assessments are required for entities to meet local obligations.
Delivering the training will be Nicky Gomez and Nathan Catania from XReg Consulting. XReg is a consultancy firm in Gibraltar founded by former GFSC regulators that specialises in regulatory compliance.
Written on Tuesday, 21 April 2020
Further to the Cybersecurity seminar which was due to have taken place on 25th March 2020 and which we had to cancel in view of the current COVID-19 crisis, we have re-scheduled this to now take place by online webinar.
The re-scheduled event will now be held next Wednesday 29th April at 10.00hrs CET and will be free of charge.
Should you wish to register for this event, please do so below:
Written on Thursday, 12 March 2020
The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) and the Gibraltar Association of Compliance Officers (GACO) are delighted to announce a collaboration aimed at strengthening the culture, integrity and professionalism of financial services markets and practitioners.
The confirmation will mean that reciprocal arrangements will be in place for members of both organisations to access mutual qualifications, membership and continuing professional development (CPD) content.
Gibraltar Association of Compliance Officers,
PO Box 1493, Gibraltar