In light of the outbreak of the coronavirus, this edition takes a bite-size look at matters such as business continuity planning and operational resilience by financial institutions across a number of the major international financial centres, namely Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States. It also reports on the degree of flexibility afforded by financial regulators in those jurisdictions. It is noticeable that those countries in Asia Pacific have had greater exposure to previous pandemics and were affected by the current outbreak earlier than Europe and America, where regulators and firms have only recently needed to act.

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