The client, a major banking group specialised in the provision of online banking and trading services, was in the process of launching new derivative products for its retail clients and required assistance for the counterparty credit risk calculations and regulatory reporting of these products.
The client, a major banking group specialised in the provision of online banking and trading services, was in the process of launching new derivative products for its retail clients and required assistance with calculating the capital requirements for counterparty credit risk under the new standardised approach. This project was a continuation of similar work which Avantage Reply performed prior for this client, regarding the mark-to-market approach.
Avantage Reply supported a large bank in Luxembourg with a complete transformation of the internal credit risk model portfolio. In doing so, our team was involved in several steps of the model lifecycle: model development, model backtesting, model validation by the second line of defense, model review by the ECB and implementation of the model in the bank’s IT system.
The client, an international central securities depository, required assistance in the transition to the new regulatory reporting requirements (i.e. Capital Requirements Regulation 2 / CRR2) coming into force in June 2021. In particular, the reporting function needed support on the following topics.
Avantage Reply assisted a local universal bank with the effective implementation of data governance capabilities. As part of a broader initiative to ensure the bank’s compliance with BCBS 239 principles, our client needed to document the key source data related to credit risk and ALM calculation tools. Additionally, there was a need to define, implement and run processes allowing remediation of data quality-related issues.
Avantage Reply was tasked by a leading Wealth and Fund Management Bank to review and remediate the existing customer base KYC information, specifically for AML/CTF requirements. This task was required on the one hand due to changing regulatory requirements, on the other hand, because of the effect caused by Brexit on the customer’s UK branch.
The client, a crypto-currency exchange, has requested Avantage Reply to assist with an ongoing project around fraud risk. As the regulation around virtual asset service providers is not yet mature, the measurement of new and non-traditional operational risks is not an easy exercise. In fact, several players in the industry have recently found themselves being vehicles for the continuation of various financial crimes, including fraud. In the client landscape, scammers and individuals with malicious intentions have exploited the weaknesses of decentralized finance (DeFi) and have misappropriated even millions of dollars from their victims through first party or third party external fraud.
Avantage Reply assisted a European Institution in implementing its own version of Credit Risk models and migrating from Moody’s RAY to a Java-based solution implementation. The institution needed Avantage Reply support to ensure smooth communication between the business and the developers and to ensure the correct migration and implementation of the new models. All the process required completed documentation.
Avantage Reply has assisted a Private Banking group in the Eurozone in their embedment of Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process (ICAAP) & Liquidity Adequacy Assessment Process (ILAAP) exercise, s.c. ICLAAP.
Following the recommendation of the European Central Bank (ECB), bank’s current practice of ICLAAP had to be reviewed and challenged. The results of the review have been presented to the Management Body. In particular, identified gaps and attention points with respective actions to improve the way ICAAP and ILAAP are conducted. The analysis has been enriched with market best practices observed among various financial institutions in the Eurozone.
For a Top Tier Bank within its Data Quality Management (DQM) Department responsible for ensuring delivery of top quality reports to national and international regulators, the functional analyst joined the Agile team in charge of the liquidity-reporting tool: Moody's analytics liquidity solution.
The client is an insurance company where a team of insurance industry veterans who understand the challenges of MGAs and PA. Their goal is the implement and develop their business plan/action (already developed in Malta and in other countries) in the heart of Europe and other countries. We did support them in their policies, in their Third-Party Risk management (“TPRM”), in the completion of their risk register, in the support and control on the Risk Appetite Statement, in the completion of the Key Risk Indicators & metrics documents and in the support & control of the Own Risk and Solvency Assessment (“ORSA”) report.
Our client, one of the most important Belgian retail bank, has requested the help of Avantage Reply for the constitution of a special task force in the field of AML-CFT (anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML-CFT).
Our client is the IT department of a European retail bank and insurance company. They require future-proof financial reporting available to managerial levels of their organisation. To achieve these ambitions, we defined a new reporting framework together with our client, and implemented the necessary tools and processes on that foundation. It has led to a considerable reduced workload in the preparation of reports, freeing up time for value-added activities, increased flexibility in reporting as to gain more insights, and further autonomy for end-users.
Our client, an important Belgian retail bank, has requested the help of Avantage Reply for the support of its second line of defense team in the field of AML-CFT (anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism).
The project was performed for an insurance company acting in the non-life insurance market. As the company grew fast, they required support within the risk and compliance departments, to establish the risk and control register, to elaborate policies and procedures and to work on the due diligence process.
The client required support for different projects including those related to the National and the European regulators’ supervision. In particular, support was provided for researches about the Climate related Risks which is a recent topic covered by regulators. To achieve this objective, a daily ongoing support was performed and an in-depth researches on the Climate related Risk with a Regulatory Monitoring was provided.
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 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.