Reporting to the Managing Director, Supervision, this department is responsible for the supervision, regulation and inspection of Bermuda’s insurers, deposit-taking institutions, trust companies, investment businesses, investment funds and money service businesses, as well as the credit union and Bermuda Stock Exchange.
At a macro-level, Supervision acts in the best interests of policyholders, depositors and clients, while facilitating the continued development of a viable, competitive and innovative financial services marketplace in Bermuda.
At a micro-level, the department, in its risk-based supervision of licensed institutions, assesses inherent risks and the ability of the governance mechanisms (capital, systems, controls, management and boards) to mitigate such risks and determines appropriate supervisory intensity.
The activities of the Supervision Department are split into the following units:
The department’s primary objectives are to:
Carry out the supervisory responsibilities placed on the Authority in an effective and efficient manner
Observe and adhere to international best practices while taking into consideration the unique nature of the Bermuda marketplace
Prioritise allocation of the department’s resources by developing and applying risk-based supervisory approaches
Conduct the Authority’s on-site assessments, including for Anti-Money Laundering/Anti-Terrorist Financing purposes
Provide actuarial services, restoration and run-off monitoring, analytical and technical support
Detect problems at an early stage and take action on a timely basis where a licensed entity’s practices are deemed imprudent or where it is otherwise failing to meet its statutory obligations
Arrange an early return to compliance where major concerns arise in a licensed institution, or if that is not possible, its exit from the market in a timely and efficient manner
The Authority is a member of several key international regulatory bodies. In this way, the Authority both stays informed about international regulatory developments and contributes to the development of global policy initiatives.
The Authority’s Information Technology function also currently reports to the Managing Director, Supervision.
Policy, Legal & Enforcement
The Policy, Legal & Enforcement Department is responsible for the Authority's policy function and also provides legal advice to the Authority on a range of matters relating to public and private law. It is also responsible for the development and application of the BMA's enforcement framework in relation to non-licensed persons and issues of non-compliance. This department is also responsible for the Authority’s Corporate Governance function.
Licensing & Authorisations
The Licensing & Authorisations (L&A) Department controls the vetting and licensing process for all financial entities conducting business in Bermuda. L&A also ensures that requests for incorporation and share transfers are processed on a timely and efficient basis. When the need arises, the L&A team also provides recommendations for the development of appropriate policies in this regard. In addition, the department maintains oversight of insurance managers.
The Authority’s Operations Department is responsible for the following functions:
Finance & Currency Operations: This unit is responsible for safeguarding and issuing Bermuda’s currency, including the development and distribution of banknotes and commemorative coins. It also conducts ongoing research regarding the security and durability of banknotes (currency production consists of inventory management and transportation.) This unit is also responsible for the Authority’s finance functions: including planning, budgeting, accounting and reporting.
Human Resources: This unit provides an integrated human resources framework, including the recruitment and retention of skilled employees – which the Authority requires to achieve its strategic objectives – and the implementation of programmes to support the Authority’s ongoing business needs (including learning and development.) This unit also manages the Authority’s Graduate Training Programme.
The Operations Department is also responsible for the Authority’s Facilities; Programme Management and Enterprise Risk Management functions.
The Information Technology Unit provides a unified, effective, efficient and adaptive IT environment and services that allow the Authority to carry out its responsibilities in a manner that is consistent with international standards and best practice. Services include:
- Providing an IT environment that supports the Authority’s requirement to have an appropriate e-business platform;
- Providing cohesive IT application development services to internal business clients, and;
- Developing and implementing an IT infrastructure that ensures continued delivery of essential services in a safe and secure manner.
The Communications Department promotes the Authority’s mission, vision and values to increase understanding, both locally and overseas, about the Authority and financial regulation in Bermuda. The Department’s responsibilities include:
Managing the Authority’s internal and external communication strategies, including the Authority’s external website and relationships with: relevant media; government representatives; industry associations and the general public providing support to the Chairman and senior Authority staff for public presentations and media events and giving direction about communications matters to all BMA departmentsDeveloping the Authority’s major external publications and strategic communications plans.