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Compliance Consultant was tasked with preparing and assisting a predominantly non-financial services BOD to prepare and make a banking application. This was to include all governance, risk management, compliance monitoring and reporting, TORs, ICAAP, ILAA, software selection, IT platform and BCP preparation.
Once the project plan was agreed the process would then take them through Option B to permissions being granted, then on to launch. There was an existing CCA function providing local business loans as well as mortgages through the Housing Act provisions for local authorities, and these were to migrate to the bank as and when the mobilisation phase was reached.
Specialist consultants were deployed to create the necessary areas for development of the business plan and co-ordinate the elements into a full application.
Compliance Consultant was asked to perform a gap analysis and project plan creation of a small financial operation including a bank.
The previous incumbent had left an array of notes but the dates and sequence were often missing. Our task was to collate, assess, analyse, apply to latest SMR requirements and identify the documents needed to be reviewed and updated. There were several external stakeholders including two sets of legal firms.
We created a workable and pragmatic action plan and identified the key steps, recording them on a project plan with milestones and phases differentiated for implementation. The project plan was created to include the whole implementation phase until March 2017.
A UK Building Society had stumbled across challenges when implementing a change project of Conduct Risk Framework implementation, having let the previous consultant go. Assessing and working with the existing Risk Framework provided us with an opportunity to deliver a number of Conduct Risk propositions, as well as discussions with senior management and divisional heads regarding the changes required. Through that work we have also conducted webinars and even published a book.
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For ICAP plc (an Inter-Dealer Broker) Compliance Consultant (Formerly CEI Compliance) were tasked with reviewing and defining a new risk framework, loss reporting and streamlined, cohesive linked system to manage their risk exposure.
Here we identified misapplied rules and inaccurate ratings applied to the risk process. We identified time wasting elements and log-jams as well as disconnects and dead ends of the current system.
By re-engineering the process and creating a relevant and pertinent taxonomy, with risk identification along the lines of industry best-practice but specially formulated to identify the uniqueness of the client’s operations, we provided a range of solutions and options to assist in Risk Management and production of their annual ICAAP document, resulting in significant savings to their regulatory capital requirement.
With a large Independent Financial Adviser (IFA) requiring assessment and appraisal of a sample of client files purchased from another IFA before final payment was made.
It was soon evident that there was a need for an overall review of each and every sale as there was poor documentation and minimal suitability evidenced in any of the files. In a short time we assembled a group of specialist reviewers and completed the work within 3 weeks.
The final result was a fully compliant suitability appraisal of some very poor files and documented evidence that there was no duty of care demonstrated to even a “Treating Customers Fairly” standard.
Working with Standard Bank, a South African Investment Bank we analysed and interpreted the requirements under the Disclosure and Transparency Reporting (DTR) and the Panel for Takeovers and Mergers (POTAM).
The intention was to create as near as possible real time web based depositary from all the entities worldwide to provide the global position of all UK and dual listed securities.
Following on from this work the system was then expanded and we advised the inclusion of all global equities with the application of the data provided to the Research Department in Johannesburg to be able to have up-to-date positions so that they could declare any conflict of interest on any research material, a requirement by multiple jurisdictions around the world.
As part of the brief for the Zurich Banking Group, there was a need for an Operational Risk Framework to be rolled out worldwide. Originating from Switzerland this had been delayed for some time due to staff issues.
The banking group, unlike the global insurer, spanned four jurisdictions and each had separate processes that need to be identified, recorded (with primary and secondary controls identified throughout) and uploaded into the global main risk database in specific formats.
We coached and assisted the various process owners in the recording of the processes and facilitated further course design. Additionally, the reporting tool (SWORD) application needed implementation including training of all staff. Launch was co-ordinated to ensure required collation of all losses, near misses and breaches were fully registered, escalated and approved as appropriate.
Working with another consultancy and Exeter Friendly Society, the initial brief was to review previous years complaints to ensure that the decisions reached and the responses provided were transparent, clear and fair as well as congruent and consistent with the business decisions at the time.
These assessments were also checked against contemporary Treating Customers Fairly practice and the standards applied retrospectively, ensuring that the customers had a fair deal and that no one was given a bad customer experience.
And so much more ….