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Why Compliance Needs a Rethink

By: Brock Arnason

As we sit here in 2024, nearly 15 years past the Pittsburgh G20 Summit, it is evident that the pace of regulatory change has only accelerated. Core participants of capital markets, whether locally or globally, are finding they need to deal with complexity, ambiguity, and accelerating change. There is also a real cost to not complying. So, now more than ever, it is time for a compliance rethink.

Why is this important for the buy-side?

The challenges facing the buy-side mirror those of the sell-side, yet with distinct nuances. Juggling a multitude of jurisdictions, the buy-side seeks to stay ahead of reporting requirements, particularly as they approach the limits that would trigger disclosure thresholds. The buy-side is seeking simplicity from its technological solutions and are, therefore, often opting for turnkey solutions to seamlessly integrate into existing systems.

Introducing Endoxa and its consensus decision-making approach
Enter Endoxa, an industry consortium, whose executive committee is made up of some of the most sophisticated financial institutions with deep understanding of market best practice. The first regulatory use case Endoxa is focusing on is called position reporting (also called disclosure of interest or shareholding disclosure), which is a market transparency initiative that spans hundreds of jurisdictions affecting sell-side institutions and buy-side clients.

Droit is the chosen technology provider for Endoxa, which provides a new methodology for consensus, and it starts with regulatory text. From regulatory text, a decision model is built and enhanced with legal analysis (coming from aosphere Limited), which is then reviewed by working groups of industry practitioners. Any remaining questions are reviewed with legal experts from Allen & Overy and, if needed, taken directly to the regulator for clarification. This waterfall approach not only ensures compliance, but signals to the regulator that involved firms are making a serious effort to understand and model regulatory intent.

How is consensus decision-making evolving?
While Endoxa’s primary focus remains position reporting, this detailed model for decision-making across different jurisdictions is applicable for other regulatory domains. As the consortium grows, so should its influence, attracting interest from market players who might not necessarily want to engage in the building process, but do want to benchmark themselves against the newly established best practice.

Amidst an ever-changing regulatory landscape, consensus decision-making has emerged as a welcome point of clarity. The Endoxa framework offers the industry a blueprint for unified, standardized approaches to regulatory decision logic. With a common understanding established, institutions can be confident in their regulatory interpretations.

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About Droit


Droit is a technology firm at the forefront of computational law and regulation within finance and other domains. Founded in 2012, Droit counts many of the largest financial institutions as its clients. Its award-winning, patented platform Adept provides an implementation of regulatory rules reflecting industry consensus. The Adept platform processes tens of millions of inquiries a day, deciding in real-time which interactions are legally permissible across the globe. Adept is used by institutions to evaluate, with sub-millisecond latency, the full regulatory implications of any given interaction within their transactional infrastructure.


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