We have extensive experience helping a wide range of leading asset and alternatives managers, pension funds, insurers and service providers to transform their business and operating models, technology enablers and strategy to meet the opportunities and challenges they face. Our specialist knowledge, pragmatic consulting style and delivery experience helps clients achieve significant business benefits and reduce delivery risk. Our assignments in the investments industry include end to end operating model design; outsourcing strategy and implementation for the front, middle and back-office; regulatory change; market research and bench-marking; product strategy and development; post-merger integration; front to back applications and data management tools strategy, selection and implementation.
Working with our expert colleagues in financial crime & compliance, we offer a rang of anti money-laundering and know your customer services including:
- Anti-money laundering (AML) risk scoring
- Customer due diligence (CDD) and enhanced due diligence (EDD)
- Data & documentation
- Look-backs & remediation
- Model governance, validation & tuning
- Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) screening
- Process automation: systems & data acquisition
- Sanctions screening
- Systems implementation and integration services
- Transaction monitoring and testing
We offer a range of benchmarking services that provide organisations with a clear assessment of their market positioning in a range of areas including costs, service standards, outsourcing arrangements, technology and data. Our report will also highlight the strategic direction of the parties included in the exercise, in the context of their overall competitive landscape.
With experience and knowledge gained through our outsourcing negotiations and benchmarking assignments, we maintain up-to-date data on market best-practice fees and costs and we can apply this to help clients understand where their financial structures are out of line with market trends. We apply our expertise in a broad range of cases ranging from funds restructuring and rationalisation to foreign exchange optimisation and securities financing.
Drawing on our knowledge of the market and best practices across the investment management industry, we provide a service that is an all-encompassing investigation, strategic review and accompanying design of the data management operating model. This service covers data coverage, sourcing, quality, timeliness, management, accuracy, consistency and cost.
We have extensive experience in advising on global distribution and client service strategy, building on our operating model, funds and technology expertise to deliver pragmatic and implementable solutions. We have advised across the end-to-end sales and client service life-cycle, covering topics including CRM systems, digitalisation, implementation of client portals and fund strategy.
We have an extensive group of experienced programme, project management and delivery specialists with proven tools and approaches, who can help clients design, build, test and migrate to new operating models and technology solutions in a controlled and cost-effective manner.
We help firms of all sizes to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their front office operations and technology, from investment research to order execution. This includes selection and implementation of new systems and outsourced providers, including dealing, and help with cost reduction, including market data rationalisation.
Whether clients are simplifying their architecture, refreshing their line of business applications, expanding into new products, clients or geographies, we advise on the systems required. We regularly engage with the vendor market to ensure we remain at the forefront of financial services application strategic advice, providing clients with the latest in technology trends.
In addition to our regular publication of insights and buy-side market intelligence, we undertake a wide range of specifically commissioned and tailored pieces of research for our clients on topics including distribution technologies, market data trends and specific market and sector analysis.
For end-to-end operating model design – covering organisation and culture, processes and functions, systems and data – we have a proven approach coupled with best practice templates, peer group examples and up-to-date market views that we then tailor to the scope of each client situation.
We are proud of our industry leading levels of expertise in assisting buy-side clients procure and manage outsource relationships. Covering all services and client segments we can provide assistance from the strategic – what would be the most suitable operating model and partner – to the most operational of preparations to execute or transfer an outsource relationship. Our extensive negotiation experience means we also have up-to-date views on market best practice, commercial and contractual terms.
We help clients to evaluate product and market opportunities and to design, structure and launch new product solutions, including one of the first tax transparent structures in the UK. We also help clients rationalise their existing fund ranges to improve profitability and look at revenue enhancing services such as securities lending.
Regulatory and market driven change continues to be a fact of life for the investments industry from CSDR and SMCR to LIBOR. We have a proven track record helping our clients undertake an impact assessment of regulatory change and of developing pragmatic solutions in the context of their wider business model and strategy.
Alongside our house views and buy-side market intelligence that we automatically offer, we also undertake a wide range of specifically commissioned and tailored pieces of research for our clients. This includes topics such as distribution technologies; market data trends as well as specific market and sector analyses.
We have advised on, or undertaken the selection and implementation of, front to back asset management technology solutions. Ensuring a thorough approach that considers:
- the needs and requirements of the business;
- the existing solution architecture and strategy; and
- reference to our comprehensive knowledge-base of systems and tool sets.
Advising on operating model redesign for asset manager
Catalyst asset management experts advise on operating model refresh supporting European asset managers’ ambition for global growth and market leading approach.