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Factsheet Top Ten Tips Dealing With Regulatory Investigations

Top ten tips for dealing with regulatory investigations


31 March 2023

Jersey, British Virgin Islands, Guernsey

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The regulatory environment is increasingly complex and is often challenging for regulated businesses. Specialist legal support is frequently required to advise on regulatory change or to consider the right response to potential issues.

Ogier strives to ensure that our clients not only remain in compliance with their regulatory obligations but that they receive forewarning and practical advice regarding the implementation of regulatory proposals, initiatives and reforms.

In this infographic, we share our top ten tips for dealing with regulatory investigations. 

  • Deal with the regulator in a transparent, proactive and collaborative manner at all times
  • Understand the regulator's concerns and speak their language
  • Create and develop a culture which encourages prompt notification of any potential issues or concerns to internal compliance
  • Prepare thoroughly for site visits by the regulator and ensure that any remediation requirements that arise out of the visits are fulfilled within the deadlines set by the regulator by putting in place appropriate governance and project management support
  • Establish at an early stage a practical communications protocol to preserve legal privilege and (where appropriate) protect client confidentiality
  • Understand the core elements of any breach identified by the regulator and assess how this can affect your business. This will require an understanding of the regulator's enforcement policies and how to navigate them
  • Make use of up-to-date technology and analytics to assist with the collation, review and analysis of data
  • During the course of the investigation, ensure that dedicated staff with appropriate skills are engaged to support you. This will minimise the pressure on your business and should allow the organisation to continue and function as usual
  • Keep communication with the regulator open and regular during enforcement, keeping them appraised of any issues or changes in the remediation plan
  • Ensure that your organisation proactively mitigates against the risk of regulatory breaches by organising appropriate training, testing compliance with systems and controls and learning lessons where you fall short

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