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Recruitment: Ready for 2018

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2017 has been an exciting time for GreySpark due to the growth of our two new offices in New York and Edinburgh. Edinburgh has done extremely well, hiring three new consultants over the summer period. New York has also made some great progress and we have built a great pipe of consultants who are ready to go in 2018.

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Capital Markets Intelligence: A (Brief) Letter from the Head of the Practice

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This past year was an eventful one for GreySpark’s thought leadership research practice. As always, we are very grateful to our loyal subscriber sponsors and readers, CMI Blog browsers and – indeed – to our subject matter expert colleagues across the capital markets industry, within GreySpark’s client base and within GreySpark as a whole for their commentary, feedback and general inputs into our now well-established research product.

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Risk & Regulations: MiFID II, MiFID II, MiFID II

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In 2017, GreySpark has enjoyed a fruitful project pipeline in terms of helping its clients with many aspects of MiFID II. RTS 6 brought HFT and electronic trading very much into the spotlight, and our service offering approach has enabled us to assist many of our clients to document their governance and algorithms, which is a necessary requirement for all banks and brokers with an electronic business. We have also run significant projects working with clients to deliver their overall MiFID II programme, providing experienced subject matter experts in regulatory change, as well as seasoned project managers and programme managers. Implementing solutions for transaction reporting to provide transparency, and surveillance to capture market abuse, were also among the project themes that we were involved in throughout 2017.

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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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Regulatory Compliance as a Costs-Saving Customer Service

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GreySpark Partners has published a new report examining the imminent changes a proactive and principles-based approach to regulation will have on the investment banking industry. The report, titled Best Practices in Sellside Regulation Implementation, argues that the post-financial crisis regulatory regime provides banks the autonomy and flexibility to decide how they want to approach and position compliance within their organisations in ways that will ultimately help create self-regulating institutions.

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Imminent Futurisation of OTC Fixed Income Derivatives Market Forcing Banks to Rethink Structure

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A new report from GreySpark Partners, a leading global capital markets consulting firm, finds that while the so-called ‘futurisation’ – or transferral of bilateral swaps liquidity flows into an exchange-traded futures market environment – of the OTC IRS and CDS markets in the EU and the US is not yet occurring, there are signs that the effect may simply be delayed by pending regulatory deadlines in the EU.

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Importance of Banks in Inter-dealer Spot FX Trading to Continue to Decline

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GreySpark Partners, a leading global capital markets consultancy, has published a new report exploring how banks have become less central to the management of liquidity flows in the spot FX market due to the commoditisation and proliferation of prime brokerage (PB) and direct market access (DMA) services for buyside firms seeking access to dealer-to-dealer (D2D) liquidity pools.

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