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Aviva fined €2.45 million by the Central Bank for breached regulations

Two subsidiaries of Aviva have been fined €1.225 million each for breach of regulations.

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AVIVA HAS BEEN fined more than €2.4 million by the Central Bank for breaches of regulations at two of its subsidiaries.

The two fines of €1.225 million relate to Aviva Insurance Europe SE and Aviva Life and Pensions Ireland.

The Central Bank said the penalties were imposed because administrative procedures and internal control mechanisms in respect to stock lending activity were inadequate in both subsidiaries.

The Central Bank said several breaches were identified, including:

  • Failing to ensure that adequate reporting and internal control systems were in place to monitor the management of stock lending
  • Failure to adopt an adequate investment policy or adequate investment objectives for stock lending
  • Failure to impose sufficient parameters for stock lending on its investment managers

The breaches were uncovered during a survey into the use of liquidity swaps by the Central Bank.

The Central Bank of Ireland’s Fiona Muldoon, Director of Credit Institutions and Insurance Supervision, and Peter Oakes, Director of Enforcement, issued a joint comment stating:

Where a firm outsources investment activity, it must ensure that it has adequate investment policies, procedures and quantitative parameters to manage that investment activity in a way that is appropriate to the firm’s balance sheet, and that it has sufficient information to allow it to properly monitor and control that activity.
It is inadequate and unacceptable for firms to rely on group controls or group limits. The Central Bank reminds firms that they remain responsible for all regulatory obligations notwithstanding any reliance upon group controls or group limits.

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