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The financial services sector is gearing up for the “regulatory tsunami” that is due to hit the Middle East’s after sweeping across Europe. Banks and regulators from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) met last month in Dubai at an event hosted by management and technology consultancy BearingPoint to discuss the impacts and implementations of Basel II, Basel III and FATCA, and to share implementation experience from Europe.
“Regulatory compliance and prudential reporting have become a critical success factor for financial institutions globally. Banks in the UAE and the gulf region will face increasing requirements from international regulatory standards”, said Robert Wagner, Partner and firm-wide Financial Services leader at BearingPoint.
The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) will
be adopted soon in the UAE and the local adaption of Basel III is emerging and financial institutions need to react quickly. Short implementation deadlines and the complexity of these regulations require investments in technology as well as in processes.
“Banks in Europe are somewhat ahead in time with the implementation of proven technology solutions in the fields of regulatory and tax compliance, however, the UAE are not that far behind”, said Robert Wagner. Given this, solutions and best practices from Europe could be easily adapted in the UAE to enable an efficient application of the new standards.
BearingPoint consultants understand that the world of business changes constantly and that the resulting complexities demand intelligent and adaptive solutions. Our clients, whether in commercial or financial industries or in government, experience real results when they work with us. We combine industry, operational and technology skills with relevant proprietary and other assets in order to tailor solutions for each client’s individual challenges. This adaptive approach is at the heart of our culture and has led to long-standing relationships with many of the world’s leading companies and organizations. Our global consulting network of 9200 people serves clients in more than 70 countries and engages with them for measurable results and long-lasting success.
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