Leading Point have joined the SME Climate Commitment

 

 

What is The SME Climate Hub?

The SME Climate Hub is a global collection of SMEs (small-medium enterprises) that have commited to halve emissions by 2030 and become net-zero by 2050. Included in this commitment is to report on progress yearly. 

The SME Climate Hub is a network that supports SMEs on this vital net-zero journey.

 

Why we joined:

Leading Point is pleased to announce that we have joined the UN-backed SME Climate Commitment and formally committed to being net-zero in carbon emissions by 2030 (in advance of the minimum target of 2050).

We have joined the community of UK businesses tackling climate change through the SME Climate Hub. With their support, we will understand, track, and make strategic, impactful emission reductions to achieve our target of being a net-zero business by 2030.

Leading Point is committed to having a responsible, sustainable, and transparent operating model. We are excited to collaborate with other businesses on this scheme, and implement a business climate strategy using the tools created by Normative, CDP, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR™), and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

We are proud to be taking the lead on climate action with the SME Climate Hub community and will be fully transparent with our progress.

 

Words from our Founding Partner and Chief Sustainability Officer, Thushan Kumaraswamy:

“Committing to a net-zero target is the right thing to do for the planet. It is also a bold statement for a growing startup. I want Leading Point to be at the forefront for fintechs who are making a climate change difference. As we grow, our impact on the environment naturally increases. I am excited to find the best ways to mitigate those impacts and share those findings with our peers.”

 

Words from our ESG Associate, Maria King:

Climate change presents both potential risks and potential opportunities for businesses. Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) account for 90% of business worldwide. However, only a small portion of these report on their emissions due to costs and complexity.”

 

Who we are:

Leading Point is a fintech specialising in digital operating models. We are revolutionising the way operating models are created and managed through our proprietary technology, modeller™, and expert services delivered by our team of specialists.

 

 


What COP26 means for Financial Services

 

Many have proclaimed COP26 as a failure, with funding falling short, loose wording and non-binding commitments. However, despite the doom and gloom, there was a bright spot; the UK’s finance industry.

Trillions need to be invested to achieve the 1.5 degrees target, but governments alone do not have the funds to achieve this. Alternative sources of finance must be found, and private investment needs to be encouraged on all fronts to, ‘go green’. Looking at supply-side energy alone, the IPPC estimates that up to $3.8 trillion needs to be mobilised annually to achieve the transition to net-zero by 2050.

The UK led from the front in green finance, introducing plans to become the world’s first net-zero aligned financial centre. New Treasury rules for financial institutions, listed on the London Stock Exchange, mean that companies will have to create and publish net-zero transition plans by 2023, although the full details are yet to be announced. These plans will be evaluated by a new institution, but crucially, are not mandatory. The adjudicator of the investment plans will be investors. Although some argue the regulation could be stronger, just like national climate targets, once there are institutions publishing their alignment with net-zero, there is a level of accountability that can be scrutinised and a platform for comparison which encourages competition. Anything stronger could have pushed investment firms into less-regulated exchanges.

Encouragingly, the private sector showed strong engagement, with nearly 500 global financial services firms agreeing to align $130 trillion — around 40% of the world’s financial assets — with the goals set out in the Paris Agreement, including limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

From large multinational companies, to small local businesses, the summit provided greater clarity on how climate policies and regulations will shape the future business environment. The progress made, on phasing out fossil fuel subsidies and coal investments, was a clear signal to the global market about the future viability of fossil fuels. It will now be more difficult to gain funding to expand existing or build new coal mines. Over time, this adjustment will have wider impacts on the funding of other polluting industries.

This new framework will give the private sector the confidence and certainty it needs to invest in green technology and green energy. Renewable energy is already the cheapest form of energy in 2/3 of the world. This reassurance will be crucial in driving the economies of scale we need, within the renewable energy industry.

A truly sustainable future is still a long way off. The private sector will still invest in fossil fuels, new regulations will cause challenges, and ESG remains optional; but initial signals from COP26 show that the future of the world is looking green.

 

By Maria King — ESG Associate at Leading Point

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who we are:

Leading Point is a fintech specialising in digital operating models. We are revolutionising the way operating models are created and managed through our proprietary technology, modellr™, and expert services delivered by our team of specialists.


Leading Point is Highly Commended in Harrington Starr's Top 1% Workplace Awards

 

This third edition of The Financial Technologist brings you Harrington Starr's The Top 1% Workplace Awards 2021. We are proud to announce we have been highly commended in the category, ‘The Best Workplace for Change and Transformation’.

About the award:

"As we approach the end of 2021, it's time to celebrate the greats of our industry! This edition of The Financial Technologist brings you The Top 1% Workplace Awards, showcasing the most innovative and groundbreaking firms that are disrupting the FinTech space. We recognise the entire spectrum of excellence that exists in our industry, and gain exclusive insights into the traits and practices that put them at the fore of the marketplace." - Harrington Starr.

Judges words:

“Leading Point are altering how change and transformation should be done, fostering a revolutionary approach to change management. Equipping their team with the best tools and encouraging unique approaches amongst their team, Leading Point should rightly be commended for their work in pioneering excellence in the change and transformation space."

Congratulations to all of the winners and highly commended, in particular OpenFin and Amphora. It is a pleasure to be a part of a community who excels in their policies and practices, leading the way for global transformation.

Please take some time to read our feature article in The Financial Technologist, written by Nadyah Ibrahim and Dishang Patel: The four ingredients of an outstanding workplace - page 37.

Click here to download your free copy of Issue 3, featuring Leading Point: The Financial Technologist: The Top 1% Workplace Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who we are:

Leading Point is a fintech specialising in digital operating models. We are revolutionising the way operating models are created and managed through our proprietary technology, modellr™, and expert services delivered by our team of specialists.


Partnership News: Aurachain & Leading Point to Drive Business Transformation in FS

Words from Leading Point:

Earlier this year Aurachain and Leading Point announced a partnership. The agreement will combine Aurachain’s low-code platform and Leading Point’s experience with digital operating models in the fintech sector, to introduce a brand-new set of strategic business transformation offerings to client organizations. As they scale, we will be working on client projects collaboratively.

Leading Point’s Founding Partner and Chief Solutions Officer, Thush Kumaraswamy comments on the partnership: “We are excited to work with Aurachain to improve the operating models of our financial services clients by delivering cutting-edge business process automation.”

Below is the partnership announcement released by Aurachain.

— Originally published January 2021 at Aurachain.ch —

Aurachain and Leading Point will Drive Business Transformation in Financial Markets

Aurachain, provider of the leading low-code application development platform for automation of both digital process and blockchain applications, today announced a value-added partnership with the highly regarded UK digital op model company, Leading Point. The agreement will see Aurachain’s low-code platform combined with Leading Point’s pedigree as an operational change agent in the financial services sector, to introduce a brand-new set of strategic business transformation offerings to client organizations.

The new collaboration will drive further accelerated automation initiatives and unlock doors to entirely new transformation possibilities for organizations within the financial sector. The partnership will combine the power of Aurachain’s low-code platform, which has distributed ledger technology (DLT) capabilities built-in, with the strong business transformation and project management expertise of Leading Point that specializes in delivering accelerated business deliverables.

The Aurachain low-code platform will enable Leading Point customers to accelerate digital initiatives by delivering new digital process applications up to 80% faster than traditional development methods, with participation from Leading Point SMEs and delivery experts to ensure all target client architectures meet specific business requirements. Furthermore, the platform’s ability to build and deploy applications on Distributed Ledger Technology, will empower Leading Point customers to explore the potential of tokenization within their respective markets for increased liquidity of existing assets and entirely new revenue streams that can be unlocked.

About Aurachain

Aurachain is the provider of a leading low-code application development platform for automation of both digital process and blockchain applications. The platform lets you automate end-to-end processes connecting multiple systems, teams, and departments in a continuous flow optimised for efficiency.


How To Sustainably Return To The Office & Incorporate ESG

Freedom’ has engulfed the UK since the 19th of July, with restrictions and masks now being a choice, this means the penultimate move back to the office is looming, or already loomed for many of us. After a yearlong hiatus from the bustle of office life, it is time to up our ESG game. If you’re unfamiliar with ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance), there’s no better time than now to learn. More and more businesses are adopting ESG solutions in the hopes of bettering themselves, or simply, to keep up with the times. According to The Cone Communications Millennial Employee Study, 64% of millennial workers won’t take a job if the business does not have a strong corporate social responsibility (CSR) or ESG policy (1). Studies such as these reflect the traction ESG is generating, and why companies like us are so passionate about driving it.

Ways of working have fundamentally changed, and as companies navigate this, they have the chance to ensure that the environmental aspect of ESG is not only theoretical, but implemented into their everyday ways of working. SMEs are now using significantly more electricity than they need to, i.e., a small business uses an average 15,000-25,000 kWh per year in the UK (2). To put those numbers into perspective, the average UK household consumes 3,731 kWh per year (3), and although an office accommodates more than a typical family home would, these figures are undeniably excessive.

Returning to the office after numerous Covid-19 lockdowns, gives the feeling of a fresh start. We now have a chance to create a more carbon neutral workplace that uses less energy, produces less waste, and benefits the overall welfare of staff. Cutting your office’s electricity consumption has endless benefits, from relieving the environment of greenhouse gasses and fossil fuels, to reducing the costs associated with running your firm.
2021 will see a surge in policy makers taking action to manage and measure the climate crisis, but the key question is, how will you respond?

Improve your green credentials with these 3 simple steps:

1. Reduce your carbon footprint through your transport choices – take public transport, walk, or cycle. Even carpool if possible!
2. Support your local businesses – eat lunch near the office, go to local pubs after work. This reduces the energy exuded from delivery services and travel.
3. Lower your offices electricity consumption:
i) Open windows instead of using air conditioning.
ii) Minimise artificial lighting – during daylight, open blinds instead of using bulbs.
iii) Use energy-saving bulbs – switching to LEDs could save you 85% on your lighting costs according to EON (4).
iv) Install motion sensors to control lighting in certain rooms – ensures that lights are not left on needlessly.
v) Switch off computer workstations at the end of the day – reduces electricity consumption from appliances.
vi) Reduce paper wastage – print only when necessary.
vii) Consider microgeneration (small scale production of heat and/or electricity from a low carbon source, i.e., solar panels).
viii) Book a commercial energy audit – quantify your firms’ environmental impacts.

Keeping in line with the ever-changing rules, our team have slowly and recently migrated back to the office. ESG is a huge part of our service lines and overall ethos, therefore implanting green habits upon the return to the office was hugely important. ESG expert, Ziko Townsend, who has written several pieces on the importance of ESG, lets us in on how he has successfully, sustainably, returned to the office.

“I try to do the simple things. Walk as much as possible where I can, bring my own mugs for coffee and water, and try to recycle as much as I can at home and in the office.”
As you can see, there are tonnes of small ways, to make a big impact. We are in a unique situation in the work force right now that is giving us the opportunity to reset, change old habits and form new ways of everyday working. So, leave your pre-pandemic office habits in 2020, and use your new freedom to adopt some of the above suggestions upon your return to the office.
If you would like to learn more about Leading Point and how we help businesses manage change, you can reach us here.

Severine Raymond Soulier joins the Leading Point advisory board

Leading Point™ are thrilled to welcome Severine Raymond Soulier as the newest member of their advisory board. Severine joins Leading Point™ to expand the product portfolio and its reach across international markets.   

 

Severine is the recently appointed Head of EMEA at Symphony.com – the secure, cloud-based, communication and content sharing platform. Severine has over a decade of experience within the Investment Banking sector and following 9 years with Thomson Reuters (now Refinitiv) where she was heading the Investment and Advisory division for EMEA leading a team of senior market development managers in charge of the Investing and Advisory revenue across the region. Severine Raymond brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Leading Point.

Severine Raymond Soulier says: “I am delighted to join the Leading Point team, I have been truly impressed by the talents within the team and by the transformation projects they have run with key financial players so far and look forward to bringing the company to the next level. I also fully embrace the diverse and inclusive culture of Rajen’s team and I will surely be enriched by the team and hope they can benefit from my leadership in return."

Rajen Madan, Founder & CEO of Leading Point says, "We are excited to have Severine join Leading Point. She brings expertise in strategy, go-to-market and team building for global established FS firms. She has driven high growth in her current role at Symphony. Severine’s rich experience will help us expand our product portfolio and reach across international markets. Severine is passionate about helping create future female leaders and will be a great role model and mentor to our wider team.”

 

Who we are:

Leading Point is a fintech specialising in digital operating models. We are revolutionising the way operating models are created and managed through our proprietary technology, modellr™, and expert services delivered by our team of specialists.

Contact: rajen@leadingpoint.io


Leading Point's Guide to Change Terms

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We at Leading Point know all too well that the business world is full of jargon. So here's our handy guide to the eight most common terms used in change management.

Op model (AKA Operating model)
A representation of how a business works. It is not an org chart or a process map. This is traditionally done in PowerPoint and Excel.

Digital op model
This often means, how your business works in a digital world.
However, at Leading Point we believe that operating models can be done differently. To us, a digital op model is a digital representation of your operating model. This means that the op model remains live, and can be updated in real time; rather than living in a rarely opened PowerPoint.

Digital transformation
Making the business work better using digital tools and processes. 

Business transformation
Any kind of significant change to how the business works.

Digitisation
Turning paper documents into structured data.

Business capability
What the business does.
Capabilities are stable and rarely change.

Business process
How the business operates.
Unlike ‘business capability’, this is variable and changes frequently.

Function
Either used as another word for capability, or another word for organisation. (This is confusing, which is why we at Leading Point don't use it.)

We hope this has helped to translate some of the jargon!
If you would like to learn more about Leading Point and how we help businesses manage change, you can reach us here.
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John Macpherson joins the Leading Point advisory board

Leading Point™ are thrilled to welcome John Macpherson as the newest member of their advisory board. John joins Leading Point to support their go-to-market services and product offerings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Macpherson was the former CEO of BMLL Technologies; and is a veteran of the city, holding held several MD roles at CITI, Nomura and Goldman Sachs. In recent years John has used his extensive expertise to advise start-ups and FinTech in challenges ranging from compliance to business growth strategy. John is Deputy Chair of the Investment Association Engine which is the trade body and industry voice for over 200+ UK investment managers and insurance companies.

John has extensive experience in change management and growth and has a high calibre record in delivery. John is joining Leading Point at a pivotal moment as they are focused on an intense growth phase across their services, products and ventures. The company may tap financing to accelerate its product trajectory in the coming quarters.

John Macpherson says “I am thrilled to be working with Rajen and the team at Leading Point. Leading Point’s focus on combining innovative technologies, alongside their expertise in financial services has allowed them to deliver change by putting data at the heart of their client’s businesses.  Their ethos and values are evident at every step and closely aligned with my own.”

Leading Point is solutions and products company, dedicated to helping financial markets work better. Leading Point blends bespoke expert advisory with innovative technology solutions to reduce fundamental complexity and enable enterprises to deal with the new.

Rajen Madan, Founder & CEO of Leading Point says, "We are thrilled to have John join us at this pivotal moment, with his industry leadership spanning Fintech, established enterprises and trade bodies to help us accelerate our go-to-market and meet the demands of our growing client base.”

 

Who we are:

Leading Point is a fintech specialising in digital operating models. We are revolutionising the way operating models are created and managed through our proprietary technology, modellr™, and expert services delivered by our team of specialists.


Leading Point Listed as one of the Most Influential Fintech Companies of 2021

 

 

We are delighted to share we have been chosen as one of the Most Influential Financial Technology Companies of 2021 by Harrington Starr and the panel of equally influential judges.  

 

The past year could not have been further from the norm, and we can see this being reflected in the companies we work for or with. With all the changes and adjustments that came with this frenzied year, to be chosen as one of the Most Influential, is an achievement we are over the moon with. Leading Point has been recognised by Harrington Starr’s magazine, The Financial Technologist, as one of the most exceptional companies set to dominate the headlines in the year ahead. We’re thrilled to be featured amongst the brightest and most dynamic companies in the industry.

 

The Harrington Starr Group explains:

 

“This listing is particularly poignant as we see and hear from companies that have not only survived the pandemic, but come through stronger, bigger and even better than they were before.”

 

Being recognised in this way is a huge testament to the ever-growing Leading Point family and our determination to help businesses work better. Our growth journey will never stop - as those in the Fintech sector will appreciate, learning and growing will, and can never cease, as it is the key to solutions and success. Our founding Partner & COO Dishang Patel gushes over our triumph, saying:

 

“I’m delighted to be recognised and it is humbling to be amongst such incredible names within the fintech ecosystem. This award is special to us as it’s allowed the Leading Point culture and successes to be recognised and discussed.

 

After claiming a spot on this highly coveted list, Dishang then spoke on Harrington Starr’s podcast, Fintech Focus TV, discussing a range of intriguing topics, such as the values and practices that have really made Leading Point an exceptional place to work. He explores how we are continually attracting the best in the industry and how we have created a successful working environment that ensures we are building and retaining our relations and the best talent in the sector.  

 

Check out Dishang on Fintech Focus TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn12YAbTf6A 

Click below to enjoy issue 1, free of charge, featuring Leading Point:

 

#mostinfluentialfinancialtechnologists2021

 

Who we are:

 

Leading Point is a digital transformation company, dedicated to helping business work better. We’re transformation specialists fluent in people, data and innovation. Our software products and bespoke consultancy services give you greater control and more peace of mind at every stage of your development. Helping you seamlessly progress from where you are today to where you need to be tomorrow.

 


GDFM & Leading Point Partnering for Smarter Regulatory Health Management

GDFM and Leading Point collaborate to deliver innovative and efficient regulatory risk management to our clients and through the SMART_Dash product; enabling consistent, centralised, accessible regulatory health data to assist responsible and accountable individuals with ensuring adequate transparency, for risk mitigation decision making and action taking.  This is complemented by a SMART_Board suite for Board level leadership and a more detailed SMART_Support suite for regulatory reporting teams.

We are delighted that SMART_Dash has been shortlisted in 3 categories in this year's prestigious RegTech Insight Awards in Europe, which recognises both established solution providers and innovative newcomers, seeking to herald and highlight innovative RegTech solutions across the global financial services industry.

GD Financial Markets Head of Regulatory Compliance Practice and SMART_Dash Co-creator Sarah Peaston "Centralised, consolidated, consistent regulatory health transparency and tracking is key to identifying and managing regulatory and operating risk.  I am delighted that SMART_Dash has been recognised as a new breed of solution that practically assists Managers, Senior Managers and Leadership with managing their regulatory health through the provision of the right information, at the right level to the right seniority”.

Leading Point CEO Rajen Madan "Our vision with SMART_Dash is to accelerate better regulatory risk management approaches and vastly more efficient RegOps. As financial services practitioners we are acutely aware of the time managers spend trying to make sense of their regulatory and operating risk areas from a multitude of inconsistent reports. SMART_Dash enables the shift to an enhanced way of risk management, which creates standardisation and makes reg data work for your business. We are very grateful to the COO, CRO and CFOs whom have contributed to its development and help the industry move forward”.

GDFM and Leading Point are rolling out the SMART_Dash suite to the first set of industry consortium partners progressively in H1 2021, and thereafter open to a wider set of institutions.


GLUE42 and Leading Point Collaborate on Front Office Modernisation

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Glue42, the company that delivers integrated desktop experiences to financial institutions globally, and Leading Point Financial Markets, a financial services advisory and delivery partner, today announced a partnership to help clients provide a next-generation trading desktop experience.  

Sales and trading activities are inherently complex and require equally complex software applications to manage data and workflows. Due to single monolithic applications and bloated technology stacks, financial organizations today find it hard to adapt to changing user, customer and regulatory needs. Those organizations that can design and build so called ‘composable enterprises’, i.e. modular portfolios of business capabilities, are able to lead front office innovation and achieve higher productivity.

As part of the partnership, Leading Point Financial Markets will help organizations define the best vendor strategy and ecosystem architecture to enable the core of the composable enterprise and optimize the desktop for the best-in-class experience. Glue42 will provide the underlying integration platform to delivers seamless user journeys and configurable workflows.

“Together, we will provide a unique mix of world-class implementation services and software,” said Dishang Patel, Partner, Leading Point Financial Markets. “In the short term, traders will gain unparalleled speed of visibility across applications so they can focus on generating alpha. In the longer run, firms will need to purchase and maintain less hardware, which will vastly improve the environmental impact and making it easier to meet their ESG policy.” 

As a result of the collaboration, IT teams will be able to selectively replace or augment legacy systems, simplifying and automating complex processes, making for a leaner, system-agnostic and agile desktop. Front office teams will be able to interact with multiple systems and data sources directly from their financial desktops using only the best functionality of each application. This intelligent, user-driven desktop reduces noise and risk. With as much as 90 percent fewer clicks for basic tasks; traders can execute faster and generate 20 percent more alpha on average for their clients.

“The perfect storm of the post-Covid world and the evolving ‘interop’ innovation has created a period of reflection for many firms. For many organizations, the digital transformation was prematurely accelerated and the need for greater efficiency and process optimization is now stronger than ever,” said James Wooster, COO, Glue42. 

“As organizations innovate and adapt to changing business needs, and vendors continue to deliver more modular capabilities, they will need to rethink how they source and deliver business solutions. This partnership will help firms gain higher front-office productivity much faster,” he continued.

For more information, read Glue42’s latest paper: Modernizing Legacy Systems: Why Loving Legacy Apps is Key to Capital Markets’ Digital Transformation​. You can also watch a recording of the latest webinar: A Practitioner's View of Legacy Migration.

Read the press release here.

 

 

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Leading Point has been shortlisted in the Data Management Insight Awards 2020

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We are so thrilled to have been shortlisted for the 2020 Data Management awards, vote for us in the ‘Most Innovative Data Provider’ category

From designing a solution SMART_Dash that specifies, quantifies and visualises risks arising from firms’ non-financial risk to a legal reference data-based digital repapering process for LIBOR, to target state data-driven op model implementations in anti-financial crime and treasury to ESG data readiness, Leading Point is always striving for a best-in-class solution for their clients.

Leading Point’s proprietary platform modellr allows change leaders to capture and visualise process, systems, controls, organisation and data flows in real-time. Our reimagined box-in-box view allows change and technology teams with accelerated design and delivery phases driving project initiation to completion time down by 70% and allows for continuous performance measurement of businesses’ op models.

Being recognised in this way is a huge testament to the Leading Point family and the hard work everyone has put into our data offerings this year. We have reached many milestones in our growth journey this year and are very much looking forward to the months ahead and to our next Data Kitchen event!

These prestigious awards are designed to recognise leading providers of data management solutions, services, and consultancy to capital markets.


If you believe in the power of human-centric data-driven op models in our industry please show your support for us by completing this short survey. You have until Monday 21 September to cast your vote.


Founder and CEO Rajen Madan comments on our inclusion:

“We are delighted to be shortlisted for the 2020 Data Management Awards. This is a testament to our expert practitioner-led delivery successes and our solutions focus on the business user, as a newer breed of service providers to the industry. We have grown immensely with some great partners, clients and our industry advisors. We are truly thankful to have them in our journey”

Angela Wilbraham, CEO of A-Team Group, which hosts the Data Management Insight Awards, added that being shortlisted was “in itself a fantastic achievement amongst such strong competition.”

Voting closes Midnight (GMT) Monday 21st September 2020.

The winners will be announced on Thursday 3rd December 2020.


Who we are:

Leading Point helps financial services businesses thrive in new realities by combining financial experience with data and innovation. We provide data-led solutions and seamless integrations in Regulatory Compliance, Risk Assurance, KYC/AML, Corporate Treasury, Information Security and Trading. We specialise in helping our clients implement digital user journeys and data-driven operating models. We work with some of the world’s largest global financial institutions, challenger fintech and tech innovators with a combination of AI/ML/ RPA and DLT.

 
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WEBINAR | Regulatory Risk: Making it SMART

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Getting a consolidated view of regulatory risk data is a headache for many financial institutions. Creating senior manager and governance forum packs that bring together the latest regulatory data in an understandable way can take up days of valuable time and can overwhelm managers with their level-of-detail.

Experts from banks, hedge funds and market infrastructure providers will discuss how financial institutions can create transparency and insights from their regulatory risk data, and Leading Point will introduce their new industry-leading regulatory risk data system SMART_Dash.

Panellists will discuss:

  • The challenges of internal regulatory oversight that all financial services firms are facing
  • How businesses can create a consolidated view of their regulatory risk
  • The ways that regulatory monitoring data can be more accessible
  • An introduction to SMART_Dash; a revolutionary tool providing regulatory risk reassurance

About the panellists:

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Michelle is an experienced Compliance Professional with twenty years experience in Asset Management, specialising in alternative funds. She is a Partner (SMF27), Chief Compliance Officer (SMF16) and Money Laundering Reporting Officer (SMF17).


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Sarah is an industry and regulatory expert who has enjoyed a Financial Services career spanning over two decades in US, UK and European investment banking and Financial Services organisations.


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Change leader with over 20 years’ experience in helping financial markets with their toughest business challenges in data, op models, regulatory compliance, and digital platforms.
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Thush is an expert architecture lead with over 20 years’ experience helping the world’s biggest financial services providers in capital markets, banking and buy-side to deliver practical transformations in client data, anti-financial crime, treasury, risk, ops and finance functions, and major firm-wide efficiency initiatives.
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What if business operations could be more like Lego?

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Financial services (FS) professionals from 30+ organisations tuned in to our inaugural webinar last week “What if business operations could be more like Lego?” to hear the challenges that COO and Heads of Change face in changing their business operating models and how we might break through the barriers. A summary of key takeaways from the discussion are presented below. See the webinar recording here
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The importance of ‘Know Your Operating Model’

FS firms are under renewed pressure to rethink their operating models; competitive pressure, raised consumer expectations, and continuous regulatory requirements mean constant operating model re-think and change. Yet most firms are stuck with theoretical target operating models that lack a plan, a way to measure performance and progress, or a business case. As a result, only 25% of investors are confident strategic digital transformation will be effective.**

Innovation is hindered as firms struggle to overcome significant technical debt to implement new technology (e.g. automation, AI, cloud etc.) while effectively using budget tied up in high operating costs. Indeed, 80% of technology spend in organisations is focused on legacy systems and processes, while only 20% of analytics insights deliver business outcomes and 80% of AI projects “remain alchemy, run by wizards”***

Insufficient business understanding means lost opportunities, wasteful spends & risk – if you don’t understand your business well enough, you will be exposing yourself to risks and lost opportunities.

The barriers to business understanding

Firms current approaches to business operations and change are not fit for purpose.

Insight Gap in the Boardroom: Experts with specialist toolkits are needed to structure and interpret most business information. Management’s understanding of the business is often directly related to the ability of their analytical teams to explain it to them. Most firms are still stuck with an overload of information without insights, without the right questions being asked.

Cultural Challenge: Many execs still think in terms of headcount and empire building rather than outcomes, capabilities, and clients.

Misaligned metrics: Metrics are too focused on P&L, costs and bonuses! Less on holistic organisation metrics, proof points and stories.

Complexity makes it difficult to act… Most enterprises suffer from excessively complicated operating models where the complexity of systems, policies, processes, controls, data and their accompanying activities make it difficult to act.

…and difficult to explain: Substantiating decisions to stakeholders, regulators or investors is an ongoing struggle, for both new and historic decisions.

If you can't measure it, you can't manage it: Inconsistent change initiatives without performance metrics compound errors of the past and mean opportunities for efficiency gains go unseen.
How can we break through these barriers?

Business insight comes from context, data and measurement: How the building blocks of the business fit together and interact is essential to the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of change, and measurement is key to drive transparency and improved behaviours.

Operating model dashboards are essential: Effective executives either have extremely strong dashboards underpinning their decisions or have long standing experience at the firm across multiple functions and get to “know” their operating mode innately. This is a key gap in most firms. 50% of attendees chose improved metrics & accessibility of operating model perspectives as priority areas to invest in.

Less is more: Senior managers should not be looking at more than 200 data points to run and change their business. Focusing on the core and essential metrics is necessary to cut through the noise.

The operating model data exists, it should now be harvested: The data you need probably already exists in PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets and workflow tools. Firms have struggled to harvest this data historically and automate the gathering process. We demonstrated how operating model data can be collected and used to create insights for improved decision-making using the modellr platform.

Culture change is central: Culture was voted by attendees as the #1 area to invest in, in order to improve business decision-making. Organisational culture is a key barrier to operating model change. A culture that incentivises crossing business silos and transparency will create benefits across the enterprise.

Client-driven: Clients are driving firms to more real-time processing along with the capability to understand much more information. Approaches that combine human intelligence with machine intelligence are already feasible and moving into the mainstream.

Get comfortable with making decisions with near perfect information: Increasingly executives and firms need to get comfortable with “near perfect” information to make decisions, act and deliver rapid business benefits.

Future Topics of Interest

Regulatory Reassurance: Regulators continue to expect comprehensive, responsible and tangible governance and control from Senior Managers. How can firms keep up with their regulatory obligations in a clear and simple way?

Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG): An increasingly-popular subject, ESG considers  the impact of businesses on the environment and society. ESG metrics are becoming more important for investors & regulators and firms are looking for consistent ways to measure performance and progress in ESG metrics.

Operating Model-as-a-Service: As well as managing business operations themselves, firms need to monitor the models that describe those operations; their current state, their target state and the roadmap between the two. Currently, this is often done with expensive PowerPoint presentations that are usually left in cupboards and ignored because they are not “live” documents. Metrics around the operating model can be captured and tracked in a dashboard.

Anti-Financial Crime (AFC): Money laundering, terrorist financing, fraud, sanctions, bribery & corruption; the list of ways to commit financial crime through FS firms grows by the day. How can firms track their AFC risk levels and control effectiveness to see where they need to strengthen?

Information Security: With the huge volume of data that firms now collect, process & store, there are more and more risks to keep that data secure and private. Regulations like GDPR can impose very large fines on firms that break those regulations. Industry standards, such ISO 27001, help improve standards around information security.

*,**  Oliver Wyman, 2020, The State Of The Financial Services Industry

*** Gartner, 2019, Our Top Data and Analytics Predicts for 2019

 

WEBINAR RECORDING

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WEBINAR: What if business operations could be more like lego?

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What if business transformation could be more like Lego?

Brightly coloured, tactile, and with standardised connectors, Lego bricks can be easily assembled, moved, or replaced. Making changes is easy because the structure is easy to understand, and the components and their purpose visible.

Unfortunately, business operations are nothing like Lego. The complexity in relationships between business services and the dimensions of the stack of associated systems, policies, processes, controls, data and their accompanying activities makes understanding operating models the realm of specialists and specialist tool sets.

As a result, many leaders struggle to track their operating models or digitally transform their business due to a lack of clear information and knowledge, leading to inhibited decision-making, poor communication, wasted change budgets, and unforeseen consequences.

But what if you could lower the barrier for true business understanding?

Join us on 2nd June to understand:

  • How firms can visualise and organise their business data to find the relationships within their business that matter
  • How to easily track business performance and model ‘what if’ scenarios
  • How visualisation of critical domains and data metrics can accelerate project roadmaps and execution
  • How you can better communicate your business environment to your stakeholders

Leading Point is proud to launch modellr; a data-driven storytelling tool for change leaders. modellr's interactive interface provides an intuitive visualisation of business operations, processes and managed risk.

https://leadingpointfm.com/services/modellr/

 

 
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Start-up go-to-market and client delivery

"Leading Point have been instrumental in helping us cover our COO needs at a critical stage for the business from a product readiness and a go-to-market perspective. They have developed our client implementation capability with fit-for-purpose processes, systems and methodologies, significantly improving our engagement with our target customers and our time to market. We look forward to our continued alliance with Leading Point as our implementation partner to help us grow in the right way."

CEO @ Information & Cyber Risk Startup


Event: Law, Data & Machines: How can AI reduce the cost of client repapering?

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The deadline for LIBOR is fast approaching.

Many financial institutions are struggling with their re-papering exercise and are facing similar challenges due to the sheer size, scale and scope of the problem.

Firms are under huge pressure from regulators, clients and their competitors to manage their contractual obligations more effectively:

  • Volume – The sheer volume of legal documentation to track numbers in the millons for many institutions
  • Effort – Low levels of automation and digitisation of legal workflow and processes means high no. of resources and spend on professional services
  • Spend – Current and ongoing major client documentation remediation projects such as Brexit, LIBOR, and QFC
  • Risk – Inability to track legal documentation across silos, products, or clients leads to legal, reputational, and operational risk.

Leading Point FM and iManage are hosting an industry innovation session on the use of machine learning software to automate the review and repapering of documents affected by this and other remediation projects.

Participants will be guided by leading industry practitioners on topics including:

  • De-mystifying how technology can be used in the Finance Industry and the wider use cases it solves
  • Key challenges to implementation and how to overcome them
  • The immediate and future benefits that can be gained in this approach

At this event you have an opportunity to benchmark your organisation’s approach to LIBOR and other regulations that require repapering against your peers with practitioners from the Legal, COO, and Change & Compliance sectors.

Date: 26th February 2020
Venue: City Point, 1 Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9AW
Time: 16:00-18:00 followed by drinks & networking

 
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The Data Kitchen | Does data need 'science'?

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Does data need science?

There is a huge skills gap in the data landscape. Europe needs 346,000 more data scientists in 2020 for the 47% of EU organisations struggling to fill data science roles.*

Financial Services is primed to take advantage of what data science can deliver in a wide variety of use-cases like risk analytics, customer behaviour analytics, fraud detection, customer data management, algorithmic trading, natural language services – to name just a few.

However, when an estimated 70% - 85% of data science projects fail, only 20% of analytics insights deliver business outcomes, and 80% of AI projects “remain alchemy, run by wizards”, it is clear that data science is no guarantee of business success.**

Often the problems faced by organisations don’t need data science to solve. Just because your business holds unstructured data, does it need to be analysed? When Data Scientists spend up to 80% of time on "data cleaning" in preparation for data analysis, statistical modelling, & machine learning it is clear that data science/analytics aren't yet ready for self-service at the vast majority of companies.

Companies who find success with data science have a very clear idea of what they want to do with data. They think very hard about how to collect it, how to store it, how to process it, what kinds of analyses they want to perform on it, what they want to do with the results, and how to communicate the results to stakeholders.

There is a wide world of data professionals who understand that focus on the data ‘fundamentals’ i.e. quality, structure, accessibility is essential to business outcomes. Many organisations are missing these fundamentals.

So, in an environment where the skills are difficult to find and expensive to hire, ROI is hard to realise, and the data to be studied is dirty or non-existent – Does data really need science?

*Oreilly Media, 2019, Evolving Data Infrastructure

** Gartner, 2019, Gartner Top Strategic Predictions for 2020 and Beyond

 

Come to the Data Kitchen to discuss:

• What does Data Science really mean in the Financial Services context? Is there a common definition?

• How does data engineering improve the speed and quality of data scientists' work?

• Are there best practices to delivering ROI in data science in Financial Services?

• Are traditional data roles being superseded by ‘scientists’?

Why should you come?

Learn from experienced FS practitioners about how they have delivered business initiatives with data as an asset

Share ideas on how you can position yourself in the dynamic world of data

Network with like-minded people from FS, Fintech, VC’s, and Data-Innovators and gain insights on career paths

Whether you are a recent graduate, a businessperson, a technologist, a data scientist or just work on data initiatives, come along to meet like-minded people.

 

Introducing The Data Kitchen

Food | The Kitchen is where people gather to eat, drink and spend time with family. But it is also a place of work. You can do both at the Data Kitchen.

Data | The Data Kitchen is a community of people interested in, or working with, data in Financial Services. Every event focuses on a different theme related to data as an asset or data as a liability and related innovative topics within Financial Services.

Community | We aim to provide a warm, conversational atmosphere to share ideas, learn and network over drinks and hot food. Our events are free and open to everyone.

Insight | The events are a great opportunity to listen to fascinating insight on the modern developments in data-innovations, AI, DLT in the industry through experiences of FS and Fintech professionals.

Tickets are available on a 1st come, 1st served basis.

Future Events

April 2020 Burrito vs Pastry chef - Does data need to be fancy?

June 2020 Farm to table for Data - How important are your data sources?

August 2020 Data Lasagne – Many cheesy layers?

October 2020 The Data Practitioners Cookbook
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Leading Point FM featured in IFTA 2019 Trade Handbook

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Leading Point has been featured in the “India Fintech Awards - IFTA 2019” Trade Handbook highlighting 30 UK fintechs with a strong presence or interest in the Indian market. We are proud to be selected alongside Transferwise, Revolut, R5FX and Onfido. This demonstrates our ongoing partnerships with the East and sets us up for an exciting 2020!

Our team was part of the Fintech Trade Mission to India in May-June 2019 with the London Mayors Office and will be participating again in 2020.

 

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Leading Point FM successfully delivers ISO 27001 certification for Fintech client

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Leading Point led the certification process for external global accreditation ISO 27000 for one of their leading global Distributed Ledger Technology clients. ISO 27001 is an international Information Security Management System standard providing best practice in improving information security and also compliance with GDPR. The COO of Adjoint found Leading Point's steer in Stage 1 & 2 delivery and execution invaluable: 

"We partnered with Leading Point Financial Markets to define and implement our ISMS. Adjoint selected to partner with Leading Point on this project because they have extensive experience within the FinTech industry, this coupled with the expertise and experience within the information security domain, Leading Point were the obvious choice for this project. What should not be overlooked is Leading Point's influence and recommendations in deciding the most appropriate certification to go for as well as guidance on what ongoing maintenance would be best suited for our needs and match with those of the global certification provider."

 
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About Leading Point Financial Markets:

Leading Point FM is a data-driven business solutions provider for transformative plays in Financial Services. It works with FinTech, RegTech, DataTech on the one hand and established Financial Institutions to deliver smoother, cost effective business operations. Global financial institutions use Leading Point FM for its Think Fast design, domain data assets and unique ability to deploy ML, AL and DLT in functions such as Client Lifecycle Management, Compliance, Legal, Risk and Data Analytics.
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About Adjoint:

Adjoint Treasury is a powerful platform that unifies your treasury workstation, accounting record, and bank systems to enable real-time payments & settlements, cash management & flexible intercompany loans. Gain visibility, increase control and allow for instantaneous transfers without cumbersome reconciliations.
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The Data Kitchen: 'Data & Risk: Have you left the stove on?'

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In our Data Kitchen event we reviewed the Cyber Security threat landscape, market trends and covered key questions regarding Information Security. It was a highly interactive session with insights on:

-        Where does Info Security fit in the organization in Fintech, Established Financial Institutions and what does the Info Security Solution Ecosystem look like

-        What role does tech play in Info Security?

-        What are the key business Data Risk challenges and focus for the next 5 years?

-        Where are the future opportunities and risk mitigation

 

The Recipe’ for tackling InfoSec problems in the rapidly evolving digital innovation landscape in financial services includes seven ingredients

  1. Culture – Cyber is not just a technology problem, it is a people problem. You cannot mitigate cyber risks with just technology; embeddin g the right culture in your people is vital.
  2. Knowing what is important – Data is expanding exponentially – you have to know what you need to protect. Only by defining importan t data, reducing the data “signal noise” and joining multiple data up can organisations look to protect it.
  3. Speed means risk – The speed of innovation is often faster than the ‘speed’ of safety. Understanding that as the world moves towards ‘real-time’, batch-processing operating models will be left behind. As technology and data adoption is rapidly changing, data protection has to keep up as well – there is little point in investing in technology until you really understand your risks and your exposure to those risks. This is increasingly true of new business-tech frameworks, including DLT, AI and Open Banking. In turn this should inform product design and business strategy of Fintech.
  4. Master the Basics – 80% of UK companies and startups are not even Cyber Essentials ready, which shows that real fundamentals are not bei ng dealt with. Larger companies are rigid and not sufficiently agile – more demands are being placed on teams but without sufficient resources and skills development. Large companies cannot innovate if they are not given the freedom to actually adapt.
  5. Collaboration – Plenty of innovative startups are created day-by-day and more to follow in the future. Large businesses need to be more open to collaborating with them to help speed up advancements in the Cyber Risk space.
  6. Technology Plays a Key Role – Emerging operating models are more open API’s Fintech, and organisations need to stitch together many poi nt solutions. Tech can help here if deployed correctly. To join up multiple data. To provide transparency of messages cross in and out of systems.  To execute and detect information security processes and controls with 100X efficiency and speed. This is material in the new world of FS.
  7. Take a holistic view of your data risk – Cyber risk (especially regarding data protection) is simultaneously a compliance problem (regul atory risk, legal risk etc.), an architecture problem (infrastructure, business continuity, etc.), and a business problem (reputational risk, loss of trust, ‘data poisoning’, competitor intelligence etc.). i.e. You can have the best Cyber Security software in the world, but it is worthless if your customer data server’s power supply is exposed on the outside of the building. There are existing risk assessment frameworks for managing operational risk (example: ORMF) – why not plug in?

Just a quick note to say thank you for your interest in The Data Kitchen!

We had an excellent turn out of practitioners from organisations including: Deutsche Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, Star Compliance Inc, Panaseer, JPMorgan, HSBC, Kubrick Group, Macquarie Group, Bank of America, Standard Chartered Bank, FinchCapital, Adjoint Inc, ICE, QVC, Flux and Mizuho at the latest Data Kitchen last week.

For our second Data Kitchen we thought our ‘chefs’ brought out some brilliant ingredients and insights from their experiences in addressing Cyber Security strategically, representing Fintech, Institutional, Investor and Tech viewpoints.

  • David Reynolds, SEED VC
  • Gary Wong, Razor Risk
  • Somil Goyal, Adjoint

…And Maître De - Rajen Madan, Leading Point FM

 We would like to thank our chef’s again and to all participants for sharing plenty of ideas on future topics, games and live solutions.

The next Data Kitchen – Does data need ‘science’? will be on the 20th Feb 2020!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-data-kitchen-does-data-need-science-tickets-84178635565

We are also proud to present a sequel to this Data Kitchen: Data & Risk ‘Have you left the stove on?’ for June 2020, where we will be bringing 5 high potential cybersecurity starts-ups to pitch and showcase their solutions – Stay tuned!
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IR35 & YOU


The Data Kitchen | Data & Risk: Have you left the stove on?

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Data & Risk: Have you left the stove on?


Data, Data, Data. Whether it's 'Big', 'Structured', 'Personal' or 'Meta', in a lake, silo or vault - More data was created in the last 5 years than in the entirety of human history. Whether it’s on your smartphone, excel, social media or tableau, people are interacting with more and more data every day.

The rapid adoption of new technology, such as artificial intelligence or the cloud has provided more and more complex data risks for organisations. While addressing concerns on data privacy and the ethical use of data are now priorities, businesses continue to digitise and become more data driven.

With many (and increasing) high profile data breaches, Information Security & Cyber risk are now (or should be) board level priorities.

Come to the Data Kitchen to discuss:

  • What are the key business data risk challenges in the next 5 years?
  • How does (or should) Information Security fit within organisations?
  • What is working, what is not?
  • How do you know your data infrastructure is fit for purpose?
  • Where does technology come into the picture?

Why should you come?

  • Learn from experienced FS practitioners about how they have delivered business initiatives with data as an asset
  • Share ideas on how you can position yourself in the dynamic world of data
  • Network with like-minded people from FS, Fintech, VC’s, and Data-Innovators and gain insights on career paths
  • Whether you are a recent graduate, a businessperson, a technologist, a data scientist or just work on data initiatives, come along to meet like-minded people.

Introducing The Data Kitchen


Food | The Kitchen is where people gather to eat, drink and spend time with family. But it is also a place of work. You can do both at the Data Kitchen.

Data | The Data Kitchen is a community of people interested in, or working with, data in Financial Services. Every event focuses on a different theme related to data as an asset or data as a liability and related innovative topics within Financial Services.

Community | We aim to provide a warm, conversational atmosphere to share ideas, learn and network over drinks and hot food. Our events are free and open to everyone.

Insight | The events are a great opportunity to listen to fascinating insight on the modern developments in data-innovations, AI, DLT in the industry through experiences of FS and Fintech professionals.

Tickets are available on a 1st come, 1st served basis.

Future Events


November 2019 Hester Blumenthal or Hairy Biker - Does data need 'science'?

January 2020 Burrito vs Pastry chef - Does data need to be fancy?

February 2020 Farm to table for Data - How important are your data sources?

March 2020 Data Lasagne – Many cheesy layers?

April 2020 The Data Practitioners Cookbook

 

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Leading Point FM Shortlisted For Data Management Insight Awards

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Leading Point Financial Markets has been shortlisted for the A-Teams Data Management Insight Awards.

Data Management Insight Awards, now in their seventh year, are designed to recognise leading providers of data management solutions, services and consultancy within capital markets.

Leading Point has been nominated for four categories:

  1. Most Innovative Data Management Provider
  2. Best Data Analytics Solution Provider
  3. Best Proposition for AI, Machine Learning, Data Science
  4. Best Consultancy in Data Management

View the short list of our competition. 

Areas of Outstanding Service & Innovation

Leading Form Index: Data readiness assessment, created by Leading Point FM, which measures firms data capabilities and their capacity to transform across 24 unique areas. This allows participating firms to understand the maturity of their information assets, the potential to apply new tech (AI, DLT) and benchmark with peers.

Chief Risk Officer Dashboard: Management Information Dashboard that specifies, quantifies, and visualises risks arising from firms’ non-financial, operational, fraud, financial crime, and cyber risks.

Leading Point FM ‘Think Fast’ Application: The application provides the ability to input use cases and solution journeys and helps visualise process, systems and data flows, as well as target state definition & KPI’s. This allows business change and technology teams to quickly define and initiate change management.

Anti-Financial Crime Solution: Data centric approach combined with Artificial Intelligence technology reimagines and optimises AML processes to reduce volumes of client due diligence, reduce overall risk exposure, and provide the roadmap to AI-assisted automation.

Treasury Optimisation Solution: Data content expertise leveraging cutting edge DLT & Smart Contract technology to bridge intracompany data silos and enable global corporates to access liquidity and efficiently manage finance operations.

Digital Repapering Solution: Data centric approach to sourcing, management and distribution of unstructured data combined with NLP technology to provide roadmap towards AI assisted repapering and automated contract storage and distribution.

Leading Form Practical Business Design Canvas: A practical business design method to describe your business goals & objectives, change projects, capabilities, operating model, and KPI’s to enable a true business-on-a-page view that is captured within hours.

ISO 27001 Certification - Delivery of Information Security Management System (ISMS) & Cyber risk mitigation with a Risk Analysis Tool

 
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24th September: Leading Point FM Presenting to AIMA on Practical Challenges of the LIBOR transition

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EVENT: 24th September, 2019

Leading Point FM in partnership with Linklaters, DRS and AIMA are briefing buy-side hedge funds and asset managers on the practical challenges they face in the transition away from LIBOR at an AIMA membership briefing.

Interbank offered rates (IBORs) play a central role in financial markets and act as reference rates to hundreds of trillions of dollars in notional of derivatives and trillions of dollars in bonds, loans, securitizations and deposits.

The FCA will no longer seek require banks to submit quotes to the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) – LIBOR will be unsupported by regulators come 2021, and therefore, unreliable. The rate is referenced by over $350trillion of existing financial products. It is instrumental in the derivatives, credit and bond markets as well as being embedded in modelling and accounting systems. LIBOR’s replacement is the largest task the financial markets have ever faced - the clock is ticking.

Please join Leading Point FM and market experts from a wide range of disciplines to discuss the challenges of the cessation of LIBOR.:
- The regulatory backdrop to LIBOR’s demise
- The size and scope of the challenge
- The new risk-free rate replacements
- The practical challenges and opportunities posed by the end of LIBOR

This event is open to AIMA members only. Please contact AIMA here: https://www.aima.org/events.html

 
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Speakers -

Nick Railton Edwards - Head of Research, DRS

Mark Brown - Derivatives and Structured Products Partner, Linklaters

Rajen Madan – Founder & CEO, Leading Point Financial Markets
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The Data Kitchen: Data - A Key Ingredient For Your Personal Brand

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Data - A key Ingredient for Your Personal Brand.

 

Data, Data, Data. Whether it's 'Big', 'Structured', 'Personal' or 'Meta', in a lake, silo or vault - More data was created in the last 5 years than in the entirety of human history. Whether it’s on your smartphone, excel, social media or tableau, people are interacting with more and more data every day.

Financial services and Fintechs are actively looking at ways to be more data-led businesses, unlock revenue from their data, better support their client journeys, meet regulatory requirements and manage the risks and liabilities involved in handling the sheer volume and variety of data these days. What’s important and what’s not? How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd? How do you build a career in data-led businesses?

Come to the Data Kitchen for an informal, non-technical discussion with experienced financial services and fintech professionals on how they have practically delivered business outcomes using data as an asset, and how they have grown their personal brand and career with data.

Why should you come?

  • Learn from experienced FS practitioners about how they have delivered business initiatives with data as an asset
  • Share ideas on how you can position yourself in the dynamic world of data
  • Network with like-minded people from FS, Fintech, VC’s, and Data-Innovators and gain insights on career paths

Whether you are a recent graduate, a businessperson, a technologist, a data scientist or just work on data initiatives, come along to meet like-minded people.

 

Participants include: 

 

Peter Krishnan | JPMorgan

Ieva Elvyra Kazakeviciute | Revolut

Milan Kutmutia | Deutsche Bank

Rajen Madan | Leading Point Financial Markets

 

Introducing The Data Kitchen

 

Food | The Kitchen is where people gather to eat, drink and spend time with family. But it is also a place of work. You can do both at the Data Kitchen.

Data | The Data Kitchen is a community of people interested in, or working with, data in Financial Services. Every event focuses on a different theme related to data as an asset or data as a liability and related innovative topics within Financial Services.

Community | We aim to provide a warm, conversational atmosphere to share ideas, learn and network over drinks and hot food. Our events are free and open to everyone.

Insight | The events are a great opportunity to listen to fascinating insight on the modern developments in data-innovations, AI, DLT in the industry through experiences of FS and Fintech professionals.

Tickets are available on a 1st come, 1st basis.

 

Future Events

 

September 2019 Data is brewing

October 2019 Hester Blumenthal or Hairy Biker - Does data need 'science'?

November 2019 Data & Risk: Have you left the stove on?

January 2020 Burrito vs Pastry chef - Does data need to be fancy?

February 2020 Farm to table for Data - How important are your data sources?

March 2020 Data Lasagne – Many cheesy layers?

April 2020 The Data Practitioners Cookbook

 
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Falsely Positive - Event Highlights

 

Leading Point Financial Markets hosted a roundtable event to discuss the feasibility of adopting Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Anti-Financial Crime (AFC) and Customer Lifecycle Management  (CLM). A panel of SMEs and an audience of senior execs and practitioners from 20+ Financial Institutions and FinTechs undertook a detailed discussion on the opportunity and practicality of adopting data-driven AI approaches to solve business issues AFC business issues.

The discussion centred AI solutions’ feasibility within 3 key AFC process examples, Customer Due Diligence (CDD), Transaction Screening & Transaction Monitoring. Participants attending included: Financial Conduct Authority, JP Morgan, HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, Barclays, BAML, UBS, Santander, CBA, as well as the Financial Times and a variety of challenger FinTechs.

We’ll be releasing a report of the event, including survey results of the audience, over the next few weeks – so watch this space. If you weren’t able to attend and would like a copy of the report – please take our survey and leave your email address here - https://lnkd.in/dt-Tgcp


Leading Point FM forges strategic AI partnership for Anti-Financial Crime

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Specialist Data-Driven Business Solutions company Leading Point FM will apply and augment Daric’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform to provide lean, accelerated solutions for Anti-Financial Crime to serve both established Financial Institutions and challenger FinTechs.

Firms are facing huge pressures to improve their Anti-Financial Crime (AFC) capabilities in 2019. Large volumes of data, growing regulatory requirements, poor data quality, high compliance & operating costs and customer digital experience are the most common pain points that firms experience.

With Daric’s AI capabilities, Leading Point FM will enable firms to harness the power of ML and AI to identify customer risk, dynamically screen payments against transaction history, automate periodic reviews and enhanced due-diligence processes and embed risk intelligence. The combined approach will give financial institutions deeper understanding of their clients, reduce false positives, assure compliance for new regulations and improve business KPI’s.

The partnership comes ahead of the 5th EU Money Laundering Directive, and multiple, billion-dollar fines handed from U.S and UK authorities.

“By combining our expertise with Daric’s AI and expanding our practice in London with new industry hires, we are equipping our clients with an integrated approach to Anti-Financial Crime, one that is based on real process re-imagining, domain expertise, data assets and AI-powered customer insights rather than point solutions and remediation projects which don’t deliver any meaningful business results. There is a great opportunity for firms to address money laundering, fraud prevention and cyber risk requirements with a holistic approach on the underlying data – this is precisely what the Leading Point and Daric partnership make uniquely possible for firms with substantial savings.” said Rajen Madan during a high profile trade mission of leading UK fintech companies led by the Mayor of London’s International Business Programme, with other leading UK fintech companies to India to explore growth opportunities with investors, FinTechs and Industry Leaders at the Barclays Rise Accelerator in Mumbai.

Daric CTO & Co-Founder Vasant Ramachandran added:

“We are thrilled to be working with Leading Point FM to deliver this end-to-end value proposition and increase the impact of our technology for Anti Financial crime use-cases such as client intelligence, transaction monitoring and risk management. This will allow our clients to drive automation across their workflows and to adopt risk-augmented models based upon data intelligence. Technology and process re-imagining go hand in hand.”
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About Leading Point Financial Markets:

Leading Point FM is a data-driven business solutions provider for transformative plays in Financial Services. It works with FinTech, RegTech, DataTech on the one hand and established Financial Institutions to deliver smoother, cost effective business operations. Global financial institutions use Leading Point FM for its Think Fast design, domain data assets and unique ability to deploy ML, AL and DLT in functions such as Client Lifecycle Management, Compliance, Legal, Risk and Data Analytics. 
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About Daric:

Daric uses Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to improve client digital journeys, real time transaction screening, fraud prevention and risk intelligence for banks and financial institutions. The company is based in Santa Clara, California. Their technology team includes veterans of Goldman Sachs, Palantir Technologies, Google, and LinkedIn, and their investors include industry leaders including Wells Fargo CEO Richard Kovacevich and Goldcrest Investments.
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LIBOR Transition - Preparation in the Face of Adversity

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LIBOR TRANSITION IN CONTEXT

What is it?  FCA will no longer seek require banks to submit quotes to the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) – LIBOR will be unsupported by regulators come 2021, and therefore, unreliable

Requirement: Firms need to transition away from LIBOR to alternative overnight risk-free rates (RFRs)

Challenge: Updating the risk and valuation processes to reflect RFR benchmarks and then reviewing the millions of legacy contracts to remove references to IBOR

Implementation timeline: Expected in Q4 2021
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HOW LIBOR MAY IMPACT YOUR BUSINESS

Front office: New issuance and trading products to support capital, funding, liquidity, pricing, hedging

Finance & Treasury: Balance sheet valuation and accounting, asset, liability and liquidity management

Risk Management: New margin, exposure, counterparty risk models, VaR, time series, stress and sensitivities

Client outreach: Identification of in-scope contracts, client outreach and repapering to renegotiate current exposure

Change management: F2B data and platform changes to support all of the above
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WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

Plug in to the relevant RFR and trade association working groups, understand internal advocacy positions vs. discussion outcomes

Assess, quantify and report LIBOR exposure across jurisdictions, businesses and products

Remediate data quality and align product taxonomies to ensure integrity of LIBOR exposure reporting

Evaluate potential changes to risk and valuation models; differences in accounting treatment under an alternative RFR regime

Define list of in-scope contracts and their repapering approach; prepare for client outreach
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“[Firms should be] moving to contracts which do not rely on LIBOR and will not switch references rates at an unpredictable time”

Andrew Bailey, CEO,
Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
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“Identification of areas of no-regret spending is critical in this initial phase of delivery so as to give a head start to implementation”

Rajen Madan, CEO,
Leading Point FM

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BENCHMARK TRANSITION KEY FACTS
  • Market Exposure - Total IBOR market exposure >$370TN 80% represented by USD LIBOR & EURIBOR
  • Tenor - The 3-month tenor by volume is the most widely referenced rate in all currencies (followed by the 6-month tenor)
  • Derivatives - OTC and exchange traded derivatives represent > $300TN (80%) of products referencing IBORs
  • Syndicated Loans - 97% of syndicated loans in the US market, with outstanding volume of approximately $3.4TN, reference USD LIBOR. 90% of syndicated loans in the euro market, with outstanding volume of approximately $535BN, reference EURIBOR
  • Floating Rate Notes (FRNs) - 84% of FRNs inthe US market, with outstanding volume of approximately $1.5TN, reference USD LIBOR. 70% of FRNs in the euro market,with outstanding volume of approximately $2.6TN, reference EURIBOR
  • Business Loans - 30%-50% of business loans in the US market, with outstanding volume of approximately $2.9TN, reference USD LIBOR. 60% of business loans in the euro market, with outstanding volume of approximately $5.8TN, reference EURIBOR

*(“IBOR Global Benchmark Survey 2018 Transition Roadmap”, ISDA, AFME, ICMA, SIFMA, SIFMA AM, February 2018)
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Event: Falsely Positive - Is AI the Silver Bullet for Anti-Financial Crime?

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ADDRESSING THE AFC BUSINESS CHALLENGES


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Firms are facing huge pressure to improve their Anti-Financial Crime (AFC) capabilities in 2019 across fraud, cyber, AML, sanctions, data security, ABAC.

The combination of new and evolving regulation, firms’ operational complexity and increases in cyber crime have led to dissatisfied clients, poor risk management, massive compliance costs and increased competition from challenger banks.

This situation is only getting worse as shortage of expertise, cultural resistance to change, and depleted internal resources create barriers to digital transformation in a fragmented solutions marketplace.

Maturing Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology is being positioned as ‘the answer’ - some estimating it can reduce costs in AFC by as much as 47%.*

*Autonomous, April 2018, “Machine Intelligence & Augmented Finance”
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 “There is no question that AI shows great promise in the long term – it could transform our industry…”

Rob Gruppetta,
Head of Financial Crime, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
Nov 2018
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HOW CAN DATA-DRIVEN AI APPROACHES HELP?


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[AI] has the potential to slash the costs of the [regulatory] challenge … by reducing false positives in monitoring systems and redirecting the efforts of human experts to other, more productive, areas

World Economic Forum,
Jan 2019
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What outcomes do organisation stakeholder groups seek from their Client Journey, Risk Management and AFC Operating Models?

Business: Reduce onboarding and maintenance bottlenecks to accelerate timelines and improve client journeys, enable data-driven granular understanding of clients.

COO & CTO: Improve the efficiency, accuracy, and adaptability of screening and transaction monitoring workflows to provide efficiency gains and improved KPIs.

Regulatory & Compliance: Automate governance of complex models and reporting tools to support regulatory review and put compliance in the front-line

Risk Management: Segment clients according to contextual and transactional behaviour to better evaluate emerging AFC threats and improved risk thresholds
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HOW CAN FIRMS GRASP THE AI OPPORTUNITY?

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How can organisations grasp the AI opportunity? Is AI a Silver Bullet or a Red-Herring?

What best practices and practical implementation insights are available for organisations to up their game in client digital journeys, risk management & AFC?

An executive workshop of leaders & practitioners from Business, CIO, COO, AFC and Change will assess the opportunity of adopting data-driven AI approaches and discuss practical ways to solve business issues related to AML / AFC. Whether you are an AI skeptic, evangelist or pragmatist, attend this session to:

  • Understand AI and how it relates to AFC, Client Journey & Risk Management
  • See 3 core business use cases of AI in action with live solutions
  • Understand how to structure the implementation journey & pitfalls to avoid

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1. Understand the business challenges & where you can up your game in AFC?

2. Live solutions: 3 core AFC business use cases with AI

3. How to remove barriers & implement with success
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Data Innovation, Uncovered

 

Leading Point Financial Markets recently partnered with selected tech companies to present innovative solutions to a panel of SMEs and an audience of FS senior execs and practitioners across 5 use-cases Leading Point is helping financial institutions with. The panel undertook a detailed discussion on the solutions’ feasibility within these use-cases, and their potential for firms, followed by a lively debate between Panellists and Attendees.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

“There is an opportunity to connect multiple innovation solutions to solve different, but related, business problems”

  • 80% of data is relatively untapped in organisations. The more familiar the datasets, the better data can be used
  • On average, an estimated £84 million (expected to be a gross underestimation) is wasted each year from increasing risk and delivery from policies and regulations
  • Staying innovative, while staying true to privacy data is a fine line. Solutions exist in the marketplace to help
  • Is there effective alignment between business and IT? Panellists insisted there is a significantly big gap, but using business architecture can be a successful bridge between the business and IT, by driving the right kinds of change
  • There is a huge opportunity to blend these solutions to provide even more business benefits

CLIENT DATA LIFECYCLE (TAMR)

  • Tamr uses machine learning to combine, consolidate and classify disparate data sources with potential to improve customer segmentation analytics
  • To achieve the objective of a 360-degree view of the customer requires merging external datasets with internal in a appropriate and efficient manner, for example integrating ‘Politically Exposed Persons’ lists or sanctions ‘blacklists’
  • Knowing what ‘good’ looks like is a key challenge. This requires defining your comfort level, in terms of precision and probability based approaches, versus the amount of resource required to achieve those levels
  • Another challenge is convincing Compliance that machines are more accurate than individuals
  • To convince the regulators, it is important to demonstrate that you are taking a ‘joined up’ approach across customers, transactions, etc. and the rationale behind that approach

LEGAL DOCS TO DATA (iManage)

  • iManage locates, categorises & creates value from all your contractual content
  • Firms hold a vast amount of legal information in unstructured formats - Classifying 30,000,000 litigation documents manually would take 27 years
  • However, analysing this unstructured data and converting it to structured digital data allows firms to conduct analysis and repapering exercises with much more efficiency
  • It is possible to a) codify regulations & obligations b) compare them as they change and c) link them to company policies & contracts – this enables complete traceability
  • For example, you can use AI to identify parties, dates, clauses & conclusions held within ISDA contract forms, reports, loan application contracts, accounts and opinion pieces

DATA GOVERNANCE (Io-Tahoe)

  • Io-Tahoe LLC is a provider of ‘smart’ data discovery solutions that go beyond traditional metadata and leverages machine learning and AI to look at implied critical and often unknown relationships within the data itself
  • Io-Tahoe interrogates any structured/semi-structured data (both schema and underlying data) and identifies and classifies related data elements to determine their business criticality
  • Pockets of previously-hidden sensitive data can be uncovered enabling better compliance to data protection regulations, such as GDPR
  • Any and all data analysis is performed on copies of the data held wherever the information security teams of the client firms deems it safe
  • Once data elements are understood, they can be defined & managed and used to drive data governance management processes

FINANCIAL CRIME (Ayasdi)

  • Ayasdi augments the AML process with intelligent segmentation, typologies and alert triage. Their topological data analysis capabilities provide a formalised and repeatable way of applying hundreds of combinations of different machine learning algorithms to a data set to find out the relationships within that data
  • For example, Ayasdi was used reason-based elements in predictive models to track, analyse and predict complaint patterns. over the next day, month and year.
  • As a result, the transaction and customer data provided by a call centre was used effectively to reduce future complaints and generate business value
  • Using Ayasdi, a major FS firm was able to achieve more than a 25% reduction in false positives and achieved savings of tens of millions of dollars - but there is still a lot more that can be done

DATA MONETISATION (Privitar)

  • Privitar’s software solution allows the safe use of sensitive information enabling organisations to extract maximum data utility and economic benefit
  • The sharp increase in data volume and usage in FS today has brought two competing dynamics: Data protection regulation aimed at protecting people from the misuse of their data and the absorption of data into tools/technologies such as machine learning
  • However, as more data is made available, the harder it is to protect the privacy of the individual through data linkage
  • Privitar’s tools are capable of removing a large amount of risk from this tricky area, and allow people to exchange data much more freely by anonymisation
  • Privitar allows for open data for innovation and collaboration, whilst also acting in the best interest of customers’ privacy

SURVEY RESULTS

  • Encouragingly, over 97% of participants who responded confirmed the five use cases presented were relevant to their respective organisations
  • Nearly 50% of all participants who responded stated they would consider using the tech solutions presented
  • 70% of responders believe their firms would be likely to adopt one of the solutions
  • Only 10% of participants who responded believed the solutions were not relevant to their respective firms
  • Approximately 30% of responders thought they would face difficulties in taking on a new solution