Capital MarketsCash & Working CapitalCompliance
January 12, 2022

Talk About SEC’s Proposed 30-Day Buyback Cooling-Off Period Heats Up

Members say the proposal for 10b5-1 plans would limit a corporate’s flexibility to execute buybacks efficiently.The SEC’s proposal that corporates wait 30 days after the adoption of a Rule 10b5-1 share repurchase plan before buying back stock would significantly restrict the flexibility of companies to execute the plans effectively. That key takeaway emerged at a session NeuGroup convened this week at the request of treasurers examining the potential implications of several SEC proposals issued Dec. 15 regarding 10b5-1 plans, including…
ComplianceTalking ShopTechnology
January 3, 2022

Talking Shop: Use a TMS for Audit and Confirmation of Bank Accounts?

Editor’s note: NeuGroup’s online communities provide members a forum to pose questions and give answers. Talking Shop shares valuable insights from these exchanges, anonymously. Send us your responses: [email protected] Member question: “Has anyone had success using their TMS for audit and confirmation of bank accounts? We are in the midst of our annual audit process. We have a number of accounts confirmed by Confirmation and the remaining have to be confirmed by treasury providing bank statements from bank portals. “We are…
Capital MarketsComplianceESG
December 15, 2021

Treasury’s ESG Angst Over Auditors and Credit Rating Agencies

Upper management wants ESG audits to be merged with overall financial audit, to some members’ dismay.Assistant treasurers (ATs) mulling renewals of their companies’ revolving credit lines next year compared notes in a recent meeting session on ESG-related issues, as those factors increasingly play a role in credit decisions—even if it’s unclear precisely how. One concern: There’s a push to merge ESG-related auditing with the overall financial auditing typically done by a Big Four accounting firm, a move the ATs frowned…
Capital MarketsCash InvestmentsCompliance
December 8, 2021

Pain You Can Manage and Pain You Can’t: Separately Managed Accounts

SMAs mean accepting KYC and legal dept. pain, but clear communication can save plenty of heartache with managers. Members joined forces for a panel discussion on the pain points associated with setting up, maintaining and reporting for separately managed accounts (SMAs) at a recent meeting of NeuGroup for Cash Investment. Not surprisingly, the most painful parts are the know-your-customer (KYC) obligations and the legal agreement tug-of-war needed for account setup. The encouraging, somewhat unexpected takeaway: Effective communication and a strong relationship…
BankingCompliance
October 7, 2021

A Treasury Dream Coming True: Handing KYC to Corporate Governance 

One treasury team made a winning case that the governance group should own KYC.Call it reaching the treasury promised land or a dream come true. Whatever you call it, one treasury team’s early-stage success at shifting responsibility for know your customer (KYC) compliance to a corporate governance group generated plenty of buzz and some envy at a recent meeting of NeuGroup for Global Cash and Banking. “I’m really excited to get out of the KYC business,” the member told his peers…
Capital MarketsCompliance
September 23, 2021

Caution at the 10b5-1 Intersection: Buyback Plans and Insider Sales

Companies using 10b5-1 plans for buybacks should keep informed about possible SEC rule changes aimed at executive stock sales.The treasurer of a mega-cap tech company told peers at a recent NeuGroup meeting that he’s been hearing more “noise with regards to the SEC tightening up controls around repurchase windows” from the company’s legal team. He added, “We’re going to keep a close eye on it. We may tighten up our rules.” The very same day—Sept. 9—SEC Chairman Gary Gensler thanked…
ComplianceFXNeugroupRisk Management
April 15, 2021

Adding Complexity to Hedging: An Adventure in Entity Restructuring

An FX risk manager faces hedging and forecasting challenges amid changes made in response to BEPS regulations. It’s no surprise that the 15-point action plan announced by the OECD in 2015 to address base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) would create various headaches for finance teams at multinational corporations. But a member presentation at a recent meeting of NeuGroup FX risk managers provided a fuller picture of some specific challenges facing companies as they comply with the new regulations.At issue for…
ComplianceRisk Management
January 28, 2021

Documentation Overload: Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting

A survey of financial executives includes complaints of excessive documentation required by external auditors.Finance executives at large US companies are finding it increasingly difficult to document internal controls over financial reporting (ICFR) to the satisfaction of their internal and external auditors, according to a study recently published by the Financial Executives International’s research arm. Several of the most difficult controls to design, implement and operate are common in corporate treasury. Pain points. Controls around non-routine transactions—bond issuances, significant one-off payments…
ComplianceRisk Management
January 12, 2021

Why Internal Audit Needs to Blow Its Own Horn

Like other functions, internal audit needs to publicize its value to senior executives and the broader corporation.After the completion of a lengthy process audit at a multinational company, the chief audit executive (CAE) reported results to the owner of that process. After a cursory review, the process owner, also a senior executive, asked, “What else have you done?” The CAE was somewhat taken aback. The audit took several months and ate up lots of FTE hours. But since it only…
ComplianceFXTalking Shop
January 12, 2021

Talking Shop: Derivative Regulatory Compliance in Hedging Programs

Member question: “Our hedging programs have trading entities in multiple jurisdictions requiring continual monitoring of derivative regulatory compliance regulation. This is mostly handled internally, leveraging external counsel to advise on specific topics and questions. “How do others manage derivative regulatory compliance such as EMIR (European Market Infrastructure Regulation), FMIA (Financial Market Infrastructure Act) and others? Do you outsource, handle internally, hybrid solution or is it not applicable? Are there advisors that you would recommend?” Peer answer 1: “My company is…