Deciphering Conduct Risk

Regulators and compliance professionals from New York to Dubai to Sydney are eagerly talking about a new risk that seems to have emerged in the aftermath of the financial crisis: conduct risk.

It was the Financial Stability Board which in February 2013 first focused its attention on “business conduct” as a major source of risk for the global financial system1, but the concept was soon picked up by various regulators in the UK, the U.S. and Australasia making it one of the hottest compliance topics globally. Compliance consultants worldwide were quick to offer conduct risk training programs and banks sprung into action creating C-suite positions to focus on conduct risk in their organizations.