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Internal Audit Co-Sourcing - COREP

The customer is a strong financial player present worldwide providing services in banking sector and insurance. The goal of the project was to conduct a co-sourcing Internal Audit on Common Reporting (Corep). Avantage Reply provided the client with a tailored assistance to its specific needs bringing its expertise and knowledge in order to perform high quality assessment of Corep governance processes.

Green Economy

Briefing Note

Sustainable Finance

During 2019/2020, the UK and EU introduced multiple climate documents to embed sustainable finance into financial systems to assist in the transition to a climate-neutral economic area. The objective of this short paper is to summarise key current documents, followed by an overview of upcoming guidance.

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Internal Liquidity Adequacy Assessment Process (ILAAP)

Belgian retail bank under the direct supervision of the European Central Bank (ECB). The Bank’s products and services are distributed on-line, through the network of offices in Belgium, and through brokers. The Bank requested Avantage Reply to enhance their Internal Liquidity Adequacy Assessment Process (ILAAP), not only complying with regulatory requirements but also going beyond them to meet supervisory expectations and align to best practices of the market. Therefore, from Avantage Reply we assist in the performance of the official document that will need to be submitted to the supervisory authority. This assignment is not only writing a document, but also looking into the market and new regulations published by the supervisory authorities, analyzing how other banks are facing the new challenges concerning liquidity and sharing our knowledge and experience of the financial industry.

Briefing Note

IBOR Transition: Avantage Reply's Offering

In 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced that it would cease to compel banks to submit their input rates for the computation of the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) starting from the end of 2021. The latter has led the Financial Sector to a consensus around structurally different replacement rates that would provide a get-around to the main limitations that led to the discontinuity of LIBOR’s.

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Avantage Reply provides strategic support on governance

The client is a major player in the Belgian banking sector offering a variety of services in private banking, asset management, investment banking and asset servicing. As one of the seven Belgian banks that fall under the direct supervision of the European Central Bank (ECB), the client’s goal is to comply with the regulatory expectations and maintain its reputation vis-à-vis its customers as well as the supervisors. However, as an independent group owned by private shareholders, the bank presented certain specificities in its functioning that did not correspond to the current regulatory environment, which in turn, lead to a negative assessment (annual SREP review) by the ECB. In this regard, Avantage Reply has been provided with the task of supporting the client in setting up and implementing an action plan to respond to the ECB’s concerns and worked in close collaboration with the management of the Bank to achieve the objectives.

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Regulatory Reporting Remediation Program - meeting ECB and CSSF requirements

Avantage Reply assisted a well-known Private Bank in Eurozone in improving the quality of FINREP & COREP reporting and in documenting internal production process. Out client needed to meet the requirements for the production of the harmonized reporting for European Central Bank (ECB), both in terms of quality, timely delivery, as well as in term of management of its interaction with the local regulator. Since reporting activities have been offshored, client must demonstrate that its interaction with service provider fulfils additional requirements from EBA and local regulator’s guidelines for outsourced functions. Avantage Reply team defined and implemented adequate control framework, supported analytical review of reports and documented operational aspects of the process. As result, regulatory reports were submitted within regulatory deadlines with considerably higher quality of data.

ICAAP

Briefing Note

ECB report on bank's ICAAP practices

Since the establishment of the Single Supervision Mechanism (SSM) under the European Central Bank’s (ECB) mandate, banks directly supervised by the ECB are required to submit an Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process (ICAAP) package on an annual basis. This submission is aimed at demonstrating the robustness of banks’ internal processes in relation to the identification, assessment and measurement of their risk profile and the availability of sufficient capital to support their risk profile.

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IRRBB Audit Follow-Up

Avantage Reply assisted the internal audit department of a leading Private Bank in the Eurozone, a less significant institution (LSI) that is part of an international group, in the final steps of an internal review of the Interest Rate Risk in the Banking Book (IRRBB) framework. In summer 2019, Avantage Reply assisted the client following an audit by the national regulator regarding IRRBB and established an action plan to deal with the shortcomings identified during the regulator’s on-site inspection. The goal was to identify the status of these shortcomings and possible mitigations in order to achieve full compliance with regulatory requirements.

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Risk Analysis for the introduction of new lending products

The client, a public lending bank, wanted to introduce two new products to its portfolio and needed to conduct a risk assessment in order to determine the bank’s capital needs for these new products. The main problem was that the client had no internal data to support such an assessment. Using historic statistical data, AR provided the client with a model that allowed to assess the risks associated with these products and determine the capital needs for these products.

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Documenting the accounting and prudential treatment of complex transactions

Avantage Reply assisted a well-known Private Bank in the Eurozone to document the non-standard accounting and prudential treatment of structured finance transactions. The tailor- made structured finance solutions, e.g. asset-backed finance transactions, operating leases and export leases, do require special consideration regarding regulatory reporting and risk management.

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Risk Database : Improvements for risk management steering

The risk department was experiencing difficulties with providing timely analysis and reporting to satisfy the internal deadlines for risk management purposes. Avantage Reply was engaged by this public financial institution to improve the risk database and risk metrics production for management purposes.

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Risk Mapping

In order to improve institution's internal control framework for the risk function, the client has requested Avantage Reply to design and implement a risk mapping and an associated internal control plan for all financial.

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ICAAP models : Model inventory and multi-year model validation plan

Avantage Reply was engaged to provide subject matter expert support to design an inventory of all ICAAP models and to define a multi-year model validation plan for the independent model validation department.

White Paper

Sustainable Finance (esg, sdg & climate) - risks & opportunities for Banks and Institutions

This paper provides an overview on ESG, focusing on Climate and Environmental Finance and Risk, with emphasis on challenges related to specific ESG factors that could be turned into opportunities if managed promptly.

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EBA/ECB Stress Tests Framing : Stress tests methodologies and governance framework

In anticipation of the coming supervisory stress tests exercise, the client requested Avantage Reply to conduct a pre-framing work on the key methodologies but also to propose a target governance framework.

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Update of a recovery plan : Implementation and submission package

In order to complete the annual update of the recovery plan, the client has requested Avantage Reply to lead and steer the overall process to adress ECB recommendations and refresh the bank’s recovery scenarios, indicators and options.

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ECB's OSI CREDIT RISK Remediation plan design and implementation

In order to actively work on the remediation of ECB recommendations resulting from an OSI on Credit risk management, the client has requested Avantage Reply to set up an independant analysis of all the recommendations, to define a remediation action plan and to steer and follow its implementation.

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Reshaping of the IRRBB risk measurement framework

Avantage Reply was engaged to support this client with improving its IRRBB measurement framework in line with regulatory and internal expectations.

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Internal capital adequacy; assessment process (ICAAP) Design and Implementation

Through an extensive experience in SSM ECB SREP, Avantage Reply was engaged to lead and design the first ICAAP framework and its key components. It was mandated to define and implement the governance framework but also to provide subject matter support on risk models and capital management issues.

Covid-19

White Paper

The New Normal: how Capital Markets can turn the Coronavirus threat into an opportunity

This unexpected crisis raises questions about the effectiveness and agility of banking models and existing risk management frameworks.

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Internal Stress Tests : Governance framework and P&L modeling

In line whit the annual internal stress test exercice, the client requested Avantage Reply to provide subjet matter expert to model P&L components and ensure the proper implementation and steering of the governance framework.