Advisory

Trusted adviser. Pragmatic solutions

Our advisory services provide clarity. We give trusted advice, create pragmatic strategies, and provide clear direction for firms facing an increasingly complex business environment.

Services

Our benchmarking service is bespoke and designed to deliver key insights based on both hard data and structured qualitative analyses. It covers best practice commercial terms, fee tariffs and other costs, service levels – as agreed and as delivered, service oversight effectiveness and regulatory preparedness. Each area provides the practical steps that enable our clients to improve their business performance.

  • Fees and other financial costs assessment
  • Mid-term outsource benchmarking
  • Oversight and governance
  • Prevailing best practice contractual protections
  • Service standards and effectiveness

We help our clients form and follow powerful business strategies in the face of shifting regulation and evolving competition. Our ability to transfer our deep knowledge across a substantial range of products and technologies, end investor segments and the end-to-end value chain rapidly and at scale enables a business to reposition itself and capitalise upon new opportunities.

  • Business case
  • Corporate activity
  • Feasibility studies
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • New products & markets
  • Strategic review

We help our clients to achieve exemplary client service by drawing on the experience of our people, many of whom have a background in wealth management and life and pensions firms. Utilising our first-class knowledge, our clients improve the quality of their service delivery, increase efficiency and create new client experiences based upon workable solutions. We design both tactical and scalable, best practice client service models, whether digital or face-to-face.

  • Client service models – best practice design
  • Client suitability review
  • Pricing and client profitability

We are specialists in the design, delivery and maintenance of both product wrappers and the funds that reside within them. Business leaders seek our advice when launching new funds or products, embarking upon a programme of rationalisation or reevaluating or revising their distribution strategy. We also advise on the selection of business partners or technologies that can facilitate these activities in the field.

  • Fund and product design, development and launch
  • Fund rationalisation and restructuring
  • Market knowledge – UK, Europe, off-shore, global
  • Marketing and distribution strategy
  • Pension and annuity reform
  • Private client proposition alignment post-merger
  • Tax transparent fund: design and launch

We create industry networks, bringing together people from different organisations to brainstorm, share experiences and work together to improve their fields of expertise. We work with a broad range of people from risk professionals interested in the future of risk culture to HR practitioners developing expert career paths. Our distinguished engineers network has worked with a consortium of major banks and chartered bodies to develop global industry standards for banking and beyond.

  • Distinguished engineers network
  • DevOps practitioners
  • HR and talent professionals
  • Risk professionals

We advise our clients throughout the investment lifecycle. We share our expertise to provide support for a range of activities from the launch of new businesses, vehicles, products or funds, through to the design of end-to-end business and operating models and the sourcing of technology and servicing partners. We also advise our clients on the optimisation of ancillary investment activities, including foreign exchange and securities lending.

  • Application strategy selection
  • Asset manager / hedge fund launches
  • Gap analysis and opportunities assessment
  • Investment process alignment
  • Mandate compliance
  • Multi boutique model
  • Performance and risk
  • Research and strategy determination
  • Securitised debt vehicles
  • Stock lending review

With industry-leading advice, clients turn to us to design and implement effective operating models. Each is developed to support a client’s strategic objectives and performance targets. Our people provide first-class collaboration and the strategic design principles and guidelines, which enable us to construct the core pillars of a model – people roles and responsibilities, process design, technology deployment, data management and governance and the integration with third party service providers.

  • Functional and technical models
  • Governance and control framework
  • Operating model analysis and design
  • Organisation design
  • Process design/improvement
  • Risk and controls matrix
  • Service delivery model
  • Strategy and design principles
  • Target operating model

We future-proof our clients’ organisations by helping them understand what motivates their employees, and how to enrich their roles. We develop new career paths outside the traditional managerial route, identifying the behaviours and skills required for organisations to succeed in an increasingly complex, regulatory and technology driven environment.

  • Behavioural standards definition
  • Job enrichment
  • Organisational climate analysis
  • Technology career path design and implementation

Catalyst has significant experience in advising on outsourcing and we are rightly regarded as the go-to experts in the field. We provide expertise and insight at every stage of the outsourcing process from strategy development and supplier selection to contract negotiation and planning implementation. Our unrivalled knowledge helps a client address the critical challenges and move to an optimal outsourced model.

  • Benchmarking service and fees
  • Contract and commercials negotiation
  • Oversight and resilience including ‘Dear CEO’
  • Partner selection
  • Relationship review
  • Service level standards
  • Sourcing strategy & provider options
  • Supplier management framework

As industry experts, clients confronted by an avalanche of regulation look to us to implement change and alter their organisational behaviour. We monitor and track regulatory policy globally, which has given rise to specialist knowledge and an ongoing understanding of new regulations and their impact upon a client’s business. Our knowledge and foresight ensure that a client is compliant but also benefits from strategic planning.

  • Change implementation
  • Impact and opportunities analysis
  • Operating model design
  • Regulatory advice
  • Regulatory assurance
  • Regulatory driven change
  • Regulatory reporting

We execute sponsored research into opportunities, capabilities and trends across a broad spectrum of asset and wealth management. Topics range from market entry opportunities to the development and deployment of FinTech solutions and capability assessment across the global investment landscape. Our research includes strategic insight to support business case development and focused investment, and white papers in support of our clients’ marketing initiatives.

  • Capabilities assessment
  • Competitive analysis and positioning
  • Industry trends
  • Market entry opportunities
  • White papers

We are experts in risk management methodologies applicable to measuring and monitoring market and credit risk including the design of stress testing regimes. We design risk frameworks to help clients make informed decisions around operational and business processes and our organisational development skill enables us to embed conduct risk best practice within organisations.

  • Model validation
  • Recovery and resolution
  • Regulatory capital
  • Risk culture

Our people possess an unrivalled knowledge of existing and emerging technologies, commercial systems and IT strategies for financial services businesses. We advise today’s leaders on the increasingly complex fields of business application, data strategy, enterprise architecture and systems selection. We complement these services by offering operating model design, data management and governance strategy. And, by combining our expertise in technology with our skills in outsourcing, we can also advise on IT infrastructure outsourcing.

  • Data strategy and governance
  • IT strategy and design
  • Roadmap and architecture migration strategies
  • Solution selection

Our transformation and change experts shape and deliver strategic transformation programmes that are built in response to market shifts and to translate a client’s vision into reality. Our people’s depth of knowledge and breadth of expertise sit behind our ability to advise on the key industry drivers, provide specialism at scale and outcomes at speed, which help our clients develop their capacity to support change.

  • Delivery assurance
  • Process improvement
  • Programme and project planning
  • Project governance and control
  • Testing strategy
  • Vendor selection

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A meeting of minds: wealth management & private banking

Gilly Green, Catalyst wealth management partner facilitated a round table discussion at the recent Meeting of Minds event.

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