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Celebrating Five Years in Hong Kong!

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GreySpark started eight years ago in London, with five founding Partners, a handful of consultants and ambitious plans. Only three years later, we were able to make our growing company an international one with an office in Hong Kong. We take a look back at the office’s early days and share what made the Hong Kong business a success.

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Is Fully Holistic Surveillance the Holy Grail?

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Under MAR and MiFID II, firms are required to detect and report unlawful behaviour in a timely manner by putting preventative measures and solutions in place. To achieve compliance, first and second line surveillance functions need to be created that provide more holistic, forward-facing surveillance solutions.

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Challenger Banks: Looking Ahead to Expansion and Evolution in 2018

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2017 for challenger banks is best characterised as a story of expansion and investment: BNP Paribas completed the acquisition of CompteNickel for €200m, N26 continued to impress by scaling all over Europe, Monzo raised another £71m, Revolut added £50m in funding plus applied for a banking licence, peer-to-peer lender Zopa raised £32m to fund the build-out of its banking infrastructure and Tandem acquired Harrods Bank for its deposits, customers and banking licence, a deal that GreySpark acted as a technology advisor for.

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The FRTB: A Case for an Early Start

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While many banks are still highly focused on MiFID II, it is time to start planning ahead for the upcoming Fundamental Review of the Trading Book (FRTB) regulation. The case for proactive action is simple: the FRTB can result in substantial punitive capital charges and the implementation of the apparatus needed to lessen its effects will require a large effort on the part of the banks.

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GreySpark 8 years!

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Day 1 of GreySpark’s existence began in the corner of a shared office space in Finsbury Square, otherwise known as “the shoebox”. The Partners walked to PC World on Moorgate, bought a couple of laptops, set up the phones and started making the first calls. Eight years later, and now with a global footprint, we fondly look back on what we have achieved and look ahead to a bright future.

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