The client, a UK asset manager, provides services to both retail and institutional clients across different asset classes in the UK and the European market. It requested support to enhance the operational risk scenarios and stress testing framework as a part of the ICAAP.
Considering that operational risk was the largest component of the capital requirement for the client as well as the common area of regulatory focus, it was defined as one of the key areas for potential enhancement within the ICAAP exercise along with the stress testing process. Furthermore, the CRO was unconvinced that the existing approach and scenarios employed for operational risk assessment were appropriately designed and capturing all relevant risks, especially given the significant changes in the existing risk profile following a material increase of the business size. As a result, the client requested that Avantage Reply perform a comprehensive review of the scenarios and the framework.
Considering that at this point the client was going through significant changes related to the scale of the business, this had to be reflected in the stress testing scenarios, framework and related methodologies. The review process was particularly challenging given the need to organise a large number of operational risk scenario workshops with all the business lines remotely. In addition, the timelines were significantly shortened because the company had to undertake the ICAAP process twice during the same year to meet a regulatory request.
The approach adopted by Avantage Reply ensured that the operational risk framework and stress testing approach meet the regulatory requirements and are aligned with the industry best practice. It included the following steps: