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.

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.

Governance

Board member & staff training

Governance review

Internal controls reviews

Regulations

FCA & PRA reviews

Setting up branches

Setting up international operations

Compliance

ALM & KYC review

Cyber security review

Data protection review

Accounting & Tax

Bookkeeping

Cash flow forecasting

Management information reporting

Stress testing reviews

Statutory accounts preparation

VAT

Payroll

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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 opperational support through co-source and outsourcing arrangements.

Blog: Banking and Financial Services

Spring Budget 2021 Summary

The Chancellor has attempted to strike a balance between continuing to prop up the businesses worst affected by COVID-19, while setting out a roadmap to wean the UK economy off this emergency support.

Testimonials

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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