Thursday, April 26, 2007
The Securities and Exchange Commission and the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht, or BaFin) today signed a comprehensive arrangement to facilitate their supervision of internationally active firms and their oversight of markets.
At a meeting in Berlin, SEC Chairman Christopher Cox and BaFin President Jochen Sanio executed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that provides clear mechanisms for consultation, cooperation, and exchanges of information between their agencies. The MOU sets forth the terms and conditions for the sharing of information about regulated entities and financial groups that operate in the United States and Germany and, in view of the growing trend toward cross-border exchange affiliations, outlines a framework for cooperation in the oversight of markets in both countries. See SEC, German BaFin Sign Regulatory Cooperation Arrangement.