The client, a banking institution specialised in financing companies, requested Avantage Reply’s assistance to prepare and provide recommendations for the ICAAP and ILAAP reports, and then based on the recommendations, align the reports with the regulatory requirements.
Avantage Reply supported a large European bank with the submission of the 2020 ECB Stress Test exercise. The bank was looking for the assistance in implementing the new stress test methodology, completing all stress test templates, developing the explanatory notes and performing all necessary corrections during the ECB submission period.
Avantage Reply supported the client through the 2020 ECB Stress Test as well as the 2021 post-COVID relaunch of the ECB Stress Test exercise. In addition, Avantage Reply carried out all project management activities during this project.
The birth of a general and structured regulation framing environmental performance of financial institutions creates a series of governance and practical questions within the industry. Its relative nascent stage requires an implementation far from traditional financial and risk reporting. Banks and Insurances, among others, need to anticipate the role of all their business
lines, their data and insurers their top governance management in this implementation.
This opinion paper note intends to describe the emerging practices in terms of integrating climate risk into credit risk modelling.
The European Banking Authority (EBA) is responsible for setting harmonised prudential rules for financial institutions
throughout the EU. To achieve this objective, the EBA has developed Binding Technical Standards and guidelines commonly
known as Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) for regulatory reporting – standards that must be respected by all
European financial institutions.
The purpose of this paper is to share preliminary thoughts regarding climate risk stress tests including already planned ECB SSM climate risk stress testing exercise but also our service offer for French customers in terms of climate risk stress testing. It describes our main skills and capabilities including our analysis and acceleration tools before sharing the types of interventions that we cover and our credentials.
The purpose of this paper is to share our service offer for French customers in terms of stress testing. It describes our main skills and capabilities including our analysis and acceleration tools before sharing the types of interventions that we cover and our credentials.
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The purpose of this paper is to share our service offer for French customers in terms of climate risk management. It describes our main skills and capabilities including our analysis and acceleration tools before sharing the types of interventions that we cover and our credentials.
The client wished to perform an enhanced gap-analysis of the organisation’s current ILAAP framework against the ECB and EBA guidelines as well as to use this information to design and implement an ILAAP Handbook/Framework document covering all in-scope entities. The final deliverable also included a detailed remediation roadmap, which helped the client and its entities to remediate and align their ILAAP processes across the Group in line with the regulatory and supervisory requirements.
The client has asked Avantage Reply to support one of its subsidiaries in the group-wide LIBOR transition program. The goal of the project was to move the bank from a high dependency on the LIBOR reference rates to the Alternative Reference Rates (ARR), as defined by the different Working Groups in their respective currencies.
The project focused around the full review of the credit rating methodologies for non-financial counterparties, specifically models for sovereigns, corporates, funds and asset managers. The objective of the project was to test and document the credit rating methodologies to meet regulatory requirements and start the model validation process. Avantage Reply started the review with a pre-assessment of the rating model based on the best practices in order to identify the models’ gaps in different areas.
Among the many challenges relating to climate risk management is the question of identifying
and assessing exposure to Carbon risk. Indeed, Carbon risk could affect a wide range of
physical assets and businesses.
The European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) introduced initial margin requirements (IMR) for uncleared over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives, which constitutes the last piece of a series of measures aimed at reducing counterparty credit risk and systemic risk within the derivative markets.
Leveraging on its experience and in line with market practices, Avantage Reply has developed Solvency & Liquidity Stress Test self-assessments tools. Interactive and practical, these self-assessment tools cover the key building blocks of Solvency & Liquidity Stress test frameworks and provide an overview that will help benchmark the internal approaches in relation to supervisory expectations and market best practices.
The European Banking Authority (hereafter “EBA”) introduced a consultation paper on the 1st of March 2021 regarding draft Implementing Technical Standard (hereafter ITS) for disclosures on Environmental, Social and Governance (hereafter “ESG”), and climate change related risks.
The client requested Avantage Reply’s assistance with the review and validation of their monitoring tool (i.e. Monitoring Scorecard). This tool aimed to standardise, centralise and implement a common control mechanism to the monitoring activities related to the general mandate universe. In the course of the project, Avantage Reply applied its expertise in model validation and worked in close liaison with the team who developed the monitoring tool in order to ensure the comprehensiveness of the tool validation and to analyse a possible extension of the application of this tool to other mandates.
Earlier this year, the ECB published the results of the 2020 Supervisory Review and Evaluation Process (SREP) after following a pragmatic approach towards the implementation of its annual exercise to reflect economic uncertainties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. In this briefing note, we contextualise the 2020 SREP results against the previous five years and identify key areas of impact due to Covid-19.
Wind-Down Planning remains high on the agenda of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The first part of this paper describes the WDP in more detail, summarising its purpose, differences to other regulatory requirements, and what information should a plan include for it to be compliant. The following section lays out practical considerations on the four key themes that firms should scrutinise when improving their WDP.
A UK challenger bank, providing a range of services to both individuals and business clients, engaged Avantage Reply to assist with the preparation for the Recovery Plan Fire Drill exercise, in line with the Prudential Regulation Authority’s (PRA) expectations and to provide independent feedback on the exercise conducted.
In February 2021, the Bank of England (BoE) published its plan for transforming data collection from the UK financial sector. Learn more about the BoE’s vision, key proposed reforms, the transformation programme timeline, and how Avantage Reply can help businesses along this journey.
Leveraging on its experience and in line with market practices, Avantage Reply has developed a Capital planning tool. Flexible and easy to use, it provides financial institutions with a tactical tool which allows them to easily perform capital simulations under different scenarios and integrate key outcomes into capital management and decision-making processes.