With all the changes that have impacted on the Financial Services sector in the last few years (Changing regulation, Brexit) it is almost a surprise that the sector has continued to grow, and some may say thrive, in the UK. However it should not, as the real asset the UK possesses is the people who work here, it is due to them that London has become so powerful as a financial centre and it is because of the network of firms and knowledge that the sector will continue to call the UK its home for years to come.
Though of course there will be continuing challenges, the ongoing negotiations over the exit from the EU will prevent an ongoing threat but also a potential opportunity for firms in the UK to do things a little differently. The way the UK is leading the charge in using technology to solve some of the financial systems problems is both a strength and also a threat to small businesses. As new ways of doing things emerge, time efficiencies and streamlined advice to their clients will become more difficult for a traditional firm to complete with. It is important that all firms in the sector get on board with these changes and embrace them to avoid getting left behind.
Mike Ayres – Financial Services Sector Specialist
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Menzies Financial Services Expertise
Menzies works with clients across the sector including mortgage and insurance brokers; investment businesses; platforms offering P2P lending and crowdfunding solutions; Fintech business; and companies working with Crypto-assets. We have the knowledge that is required to help navigate the regulatory requirements including client money and GABRIEL requirements as well as the expertise to help understand the issues businesses face, suggesting innovative and #BrighterThinking solutions that help businesses to grow.
At one end of the insurance market we have the rise of comparison sites offering cheap no frills cover at a price everyone wants to pay, at the other end Direct Line are advertising additional services but charging a premium. To achieve the right balance an organisation must be efficient and invest in its people.
We understand the needs of insurance brokers and the day to day issues that they face. We offer client money audit services to provide the requisite assurance to the FCA and can assist with the completion of the periodic RMAR submissions to GABRIEL as required.
However we offer more than just compliance services. We can provide consultancy to streamline processes & allow you to focus on growing the business and we can act as a sounding board for ideas you may have to move the business forward.
Changing regulation is both an opportunity and a threat for today’s fund managers. The strongest and best prepared are poised to benefit from a desire for a balance of increased rewards and lower risks, especially given the worldwide uncertainty in the performance of traditional markets.
Foremost in the minds of these businesses should be the servicing of their customers and providing a high level of service with strong returns. We want to ensure you have the time to do this. Completing the annual audit requirement is just the start of what we can do.
By understanding the regulation and the upcoming issues in the industry we can help with as little as the required submissions the FCA all the way through to providing full outsourcing and consultancy services, giving advice on structure, people retention and streamlining of processes, among others.
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Audit and CASS requirements for the financial services sector
An FCA registration is a valuable thing: respectability, confidence and legitimisation come from having these three letters all over your business. However, it does come with its share of regulation. The primary legislation is the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) but is also impacted upon by European directives, namely Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) and the Capital Adequacy Directive (CAD).
The following is a brief attempt to untangle the requirements for audit and client money assurance under the FCA’s auspices.
Also of interest:
The CASS Rules and how they may apply to you.
CASS – Client money rules and implications.
CASS – Statutory vs Non-Statutory Trust Bank Accounts
CASS – The Payment Services Directive
CASS 5 – Client money reconciliations for mortgage and general insurance firms
CASS 7 – Client money reconciliations for designated investment firms
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To talk through the above or for more information about Menzies Business Services sector expertise, contact Menzies Head of Business Services Martin Atkins by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 020 8343 6408.