New regulatory disclosure requirements for Swiss banks

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Two FINMA circulars currently set out the disclosure requirements for banks and securities dealers for each supervisory category. The new FINMA Circular 2016/1 has a transitional period that extends until the beginning of 2019. It will fully replace the current FINMA Circular 2008/22 and has already been revised since it was first published at the beginning of 2016. Regulatory disclosures will remain on the move for the foreseeable future as a further revision is already underway with publication anticipated for the beginning of 2018.

The new requirements have been aligned to the enhanced international standards (Basel III framework). As a general rule and in line with the Basel framework, institutions in supervisory categories 4 and 5 are exempt from detailed disclosures, and disclosures are limited to specific areas. However, systemically relevant, large and medium-sized institutions in supervisory categories 1 to 3 are subject to the full disclosure requirements.

We can offer you the following support during your implementation project

The challenges for your institution (whether a bank, securities dealer or financial group) are multifaceted. The principles that apply to the specific institution and the scope of disclosure must be established. The fixed and flexible disclosures should then be specified so that these can subsequently be applied in data management, information technology and in the reporting processes. Internal controls should also be adapted, and possibly extended, to satisfy the disclosure requirements, as they must be comparable with those applied in the publication of the annual standalone and consolidated financial statements.

The new requirements broaden the scope and increase the complexity of the information to be published by all institutions. The 2017 annual report must for the first time include disclosures on corporate governance as well as meeting the additional information requirements concerning capital resources and liquidity. PwC has addressed in detail the new requirements and the additional changes that will take effect from mid-2018.

We would be happy to assist you in evaluating the disclosure requirements that specifically apply to your institution, documenting or assessing your disclosure concept and/or the new disclosure report, interpreting supervisory regulations, evaluating whether disclosures have been performed correctly as part of a quality review, or in reassessing disclosure requirements resulting from the revised circular effective from mid-2018.

 

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Andrea Schnoz
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Alena Nicolai
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Andrea Schnoz

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Andrea Schnoz
PwC
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