Helping build better banking and financial service organisations

Our experience of financial services stem from our founder and Managing Director, Ashish Patani, who has nearly twenty-years work experience of banking and financial services gained within the Big 4 firms and Tier 1 Investment Bank.

No doubt, 2020 has been an economically turbulent year for the sector, given the coronavirus pandemic. The banking and financial sector is seeing huge challenges brought about by the match of new technology, like integrating AI and blockchain while counteracting cyber risk. Regulatory change continues to impact every aspect of the sector.

Ashlynwood can provide an independent professional assurance service, designed to enable you with strong governance, enhanced risk management and effective control environment. These measures help improve the quality of information for decision making and build sustainable growth.

Our operational support services are designed to allow you to concentrate on developing your business while we take care of the day-to-day operational requirements, through co-source or full outsourcing arrangements.

We specialise in internal control review and provide specialist advisory services which help manage governance, regulatory, compliance, financial, and operational risk.

Get in touch

Ashish Patani, FCA

+44(0)7708 753510

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List of services

Below is a non-exhaustive list of services we offer for our clients in the banking and financial service sector. If you require ad hoc services please do get in touch and see how we can help you.


Board member & staff training

Governance review

Internal controls reviews


FCA & PRA reviews

Setting up branches

Setting up international operations


ALM & KYC review

Cyber security review

Data protection review

Accounting & Tax


Cash flow forecasting

Management information reporting

Stress testing reviews

Statutory accounts preparation



ImaginativeSmart & Agile

We are a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) that can undertake Accounting and Tax work, as well as provide Assurance Services and Operational Support through co-source and outsourcing arrangements.

Blog: Banking and Financial Services

General insurance pricing practices

General insurance pricing practices Thursday 25 February 2021, 1pm to 2pm - Online Webinar In September 2020, the FCA published its final report on general insurance pricing practices, including [...]

Strategies for exports after Brexit

Strategies for exports after Brexit Reaching international markets in 2021 and beyond. The UK has left the EU, and for British exporters, that presents both opportunity and uncertainty. There’s [...]

The impact of Brexit on financial services

Exports, equivalence and the EU: how Brexit will affect financial services Many financial services businesses are waiting to find out about the market access they’ll have at the end of the [...]

Gains on UK residential property

Gains on UK residential property Earlier this year, a new rule requiring capital gains tax on UK residential property to be reported and paid to HMRC within 30 days kicked in [...]

COVID-19 Economic Emergency

COVID-19 Economic Emergency Had everything gone to plan this year, the Chancellor would have been delivering his Autumn Budget speech. Instead, Rishi Sunak declared an “economic emergency” alongside a slimmed down [...]


Ashish Patani is a thoroughly professional Financial Services Specialist with an immense work ethic and outstanding approach to complex issues and challenges. I have known Ashish for over 10 years both as a trusted advisor & colleague. I highly recommend him for his specialist skills in Securities Services, Fund Accounting and Audit issues.

Ahmer Feroze, Tier 1 International Investment Bank

I enjoyed working with Ashish on various Financial Service Audit reviews. I found him very professional, efficient and focused in his approach to work.

Ramandeep Suri, Big 4 Firm

Ashlynwood undertook a review of our Organisation’s Governance and Structure. We found them very friendly and open, knowledgeable, insightful and professional. They offered us important insights into things that could be improved and the steps forward to do so. I view them as valued colleagues and would not hesitate to recommend them.

Prof Paul Gilbert PhD OBE, Founder and CEO, International Charity

Case Studies: Banking and Financial Service Sector

KYC Process Review

Ashlynwood was engaged to review a bank's KYC process as the MLRO had concerns over identification of High Risk clients during the KYC onboarding process. Our review checked against the minimum required criteria of CDD, EDD, SDD, PEPs as well as in-life KYC management.

FCA remediation review

Following on from previous investigation conducted by the FCA, the CFO of the Bank requested Ashlynwood to review the concerns raised by the FCA and identify any additional control weaknesses in the Bank’s processes.

Internal whistle-blowing case

Due to whistle-blowing concerns raised, Ashlynwood was engaged to assist in conducting a review of the Bank’s Mortgage product offering to identify any regulatory breaches.

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