The Cross-Border Group CBG is an informal industry group which meets quarterly via conference call to discuss global compliance and regulatory issues facing U.S. subsidiaries of European, Asian, etc. and their overseas parent institutional/wholesale investment banks, capital markets firms, investment advisors/asset managers, hedge funds, private equity firms, inter-dealers, derivative firms and insurance companies. (A handful of CBG Members are U.S.-based institutional firms headquartered with international offices.) The impetus to create this group was the perception that there was no small, discrete open forum for senior compliance and in-house legal colleagues at small to mid-sized global firms to discuss current and future crossborder compliance/supervisory issues such as equity/fixed income sales & trading, surveillance, AML/KYC, distribution of global research, control of e-traffic (incl. monitoring/ archiving E-Mails & Instant Messages), etc. Further, as mechanisms like MiFID, SEC MOUs, etc. for cross-border regulatory cooperation currently exist (with more on the way as a result of the current global market/economic crisis), the spectre of coordinated enquiries by regulators on both sides of the Pond who have an interest in possibly standardizing rules in markets world-wide provides another reason for global firms to stay in touch on a routine basis. In the end, CBG's focus and goal/objective is to under certain guidelines designed to encourage a full/frank airing of ideas, thoughts and suggestions to help the financial industry cope with (and possibly steer? refine?) the anticipated wave of new regulators in the not too distant future.