Leading global bank adopts Microsoft partner FinArch for its Liquidity Risk Solutions

New Liquidity risk frameworks as well as Stress tests were in my top 10 list for 2011. Many leading regulators with UK FSA being the first, have issued new guidelines on this globally. Whilst some banks still await the expected convergence with Basel III. I was thrilled to see a recent announcement on a leading bank…

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Sai Sireesh: Australian secret sauce for managing risk sprinkled with APRA’s Meta Regulation!

I was fortunate enough to have short work stints in Australia (both Sydney and Melbourne), a beautiful country with its free spirited fun loving sporty population. I continue to be amazed at the sophistication and depth of their financial markets. There is also a lot of cross pollination of global markets expertise, ideas and world…

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Susan Hauser, VP of Microsoft Financial Services, on New Challenges in Risk Management and Compliance

As the global economic crisis rumbles on, financial firms of all kinds anticipate an overhaul of risk management and regulatory frameworks. I asked Microsoft’s global head of Financial Services, Susan Hauser, for her views: Sai: Susan, as the global head of Microsoft Financial Services, what has the past year meant for financial firms in terms…

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Sai Sireesh: The Spanish Approach to Risk Management!

As a major European economy Spain’s banking sector has relatively fared well in the international financial crisis. Both Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) and Banco Santander (BS), amongst the largest banks in the world, have done relatively well compared to their peers. With very few banks needing capital infusion and government hand holding,Spanish banks have…

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Sai Sireesh: Insurance Supervision - The Future

Whilst there is a lot of focus on banking, the insurance sector is also witnessing a wave of regulatory changes specially around cross-border exposures. So I did some quick research on the world of insurance supervision. Devoid of dramatics, the Basel, Switzerland based IAIS (International Association of Insurance Supervisors) has been quietly driving adoption of …

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Sai Sireesh: GRM - Global Risk Management or Government Risk Management ?

Year 2008 was a humbling and significant event for the Investment Banking and Risk Management professions. Many epitaphs will be written for legendary institutions that disappeared overnight and will be spoken about for decades to come in terms of the crunching global impact and the associated learnings.  About $650bn of sub-prime bonds outstanding in March…

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Jeff Jinnett: Proposed Financial Services Regulatory Reforms (Part II): Possible Business and IT Impacts

In our last blog posting, we summarized the Obama administration’s proposed financial services industry regulatory reforms, as set forth in its “New Foundation” white paper[1]. The following are some of the possible business impacts of the changes, if enacted into law: For hedge funds and private equity funds (and their advisors) required to register with…

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Sai Sireesh: Regulatory Oversight & Risk Management of the Future

Year 2008 was a humbling and significant event for the Investment Banking and Risk Management professions. Many epitaphs will be written for legendary institutions that disappeared overnight and will be spoken about for decades to come in terms of the crunching global impact and the associated learnings.  About $650bn of sub-prime bonds outstanding in March…

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