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Governance Framework & Prioritisation Model Tier 1 Investment Bank

A global investment bank required a solution for managing technology change demand for their strategic Know Your Customer (KYC)/ Know Your Business (KYB) system.


Personal data comes into focus with GDPR enforcement

Marketplace banking may be the panacea that bank customers (and challengers) have been waiting for

The Capability and Innovation fund will change the SME Banking market. Is your Bank ready?

The Capability and Innovation fund is not just a quick fix, but part of a strategic shift in the SME customer relationship. Here’s why.

Euroclear to open settlement unit in Ireland due to ongoing Brexit uncertainty.

Euroclear UK & Ireland provided integrated multi-currency settlement services for both Irish and UK corporate securities.

Brexit impact assessments: Why your customer’s business is your business

Brexit Programmes should move to executing on ‘no-regrets’ plans that cover the largest number of possible outcomes.

Digitally Transforming Core Operations: Why letting go seems to be the hardest part

Banking is being disrupted by innovation through digital technology, new regulation and increased competition.

Banks Learn to Innovate … or Die

As lifestyles and expectations of consumers continue to change, often powered by smartphones and other technologies ever-present in their lives, banks risk weakening their leadership in the highest-valued end of their treasured customer relationships – Retail Banks should not overlook active Divestment Strategy

Divestitures are a key, but often overlooked, component of the active management of business portfolios in banking.

Open Banking is fast approaching- Will banks seize the opportunities?

Most banks are pre-occupied with implementing operational and IT infrastructure changes to deliver compliance with PSD II and CMA regulations in January 2018.

Settling without borders – transforming the European post -trade landscape

Financial market infrastructures across Europe have evolved in diverse ways due to the various national structures and regulations within which they have been developed.

Active divestiture shouldn’t be overlooked – as retail banks have found to their detriment. There are lessons to be learnt.

Divestitures are a key, but often overlooked, component of the active management of business portfolios.

Making the case for present planning to include the Fintech future?

Conquering AML is still a major opportunity for RegTech providers

It is not a secret that dealing with anti-money laundering (AML) has been one of the biggest challenges for banks for years. If things go wrong, Banks can potentially face hefty breach fines of €5M or 10% of total turnover.

Regtech: Enabling zero-cost payments for a PSD2 world

Payments today are expensive. As regular bank customers we don’t see this cost, but the shops we buy at do, and they increase the price we pay as a result.

Is your RegTech solution more “Tech” than “Reg”? Does it really address your business challenge ?

If you’re developing a solution as a FinTech or considering a new capability as a bank, have you considered the question ‘is this solution more “Tech” than “Reg” or has it achieved the right balance of both ?’

Branch distribution for disruption?

Bank branches have traditionally been the principal distribution channel for everyday banking services. However, once an account is opened there is less need for traditional branch structure.

Knowing Your Customers: the challenge of creating a single customer view

External data from banks, market data providers, and regulators can often be confusing if they all use different codes to identify the same entity.

Brexit contingency planning. Should I stay or should I go?

Britain has triggered the process of exiting the European Union. The next two years will likely offer little but uncertainty.

Finding an advantage in regulatory reporting

As the need for financial services firms to provide greater transparency through regulatory reporting increases, it’s essential that firms move from complex operations and legacy architecture to a more rationalised approach.

Emotion and Data – Key Factors to Attract and Retain the Digital Customer

Digitisation currently requires organisations to review its customer relationship models. Having thorough knowledge of your customer and their emotions are key success factors to long-term customer loyalty.

Case Studies

Enabling a Bank to diversify and grow by meeting regulatory obligations and establishing its presence in new international markets

Axis Corporate supported a client with their international growth plans, through the establishment of commercial operations abroad. Axis Corporate were tasked with ensuring its growth plans were delivered and within a compliant manner.

Managing an enterprise wide strategic change programme for one of the ‘big four’ Irish banks

Transforming a leading Irish & UK Bank

A leading Irish & UK bank needed to transform its’ Retail and Business Banking businesses by improving their cost:income ratio, optimising the branch network and centralising  operational functions and processes .

Transformation Portfolio Optimisation

A Global Bank was managing a large portfolio of disparate programs and projects.

MiFID II business requirements for a Global Investment Bank

MiFID II aims to improve financial market’s efficiency by enhancing the current MiFID I. Investment firms face major challenges across the organisation. Axis Corporate was requested to lead the Product Reference Data MiFID II compliance work stream.

Regulatory Portfolio Optimisation for a Global Bank

Regulatory change was managed through a variety of disparate projects without any business co-ordination nor overall cost control oversight

MiFID I client data remediation and governance

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issued a £4.7m fine to the client for failing to properly report 30 million transactions under MiFID I Directive. Axis was requested to lead the remediation and control work stream to close the audit point.

Governance Framework & Prioritisation Model Tier 1 Investment Bank

A global investment bank required a solution for managing technology change demand for their strategic Know Your Customer (KYC)/ Know Your Business (KYB) system.

Recovery Management Model

The case covers a debt recovery company, which provides services to leading financial entities in Spain.

Trans-national governance model

The ambit was a world-class insurance broking firm with presence in over 100 countries. The company decided there was a strategic need to unify its European operations within a Management Technology Platform.


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