Operational Resilience

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Emphasizing Risk and Resilience

In the complex and interconnected world of finance, crises are an ever-present threat. Market volatility, cyberattacks, regulatory crackdowns, or operational failures can swiftly damage reputations and destabilize institutions. This guide equips financial institutions with the tools and strategies to navigate these challenges, protect their operations, and emerge from crises stronger than before.

Why is is Crisis Management important for financial institutions?

Crisis management is a proactive and holistic approach to identifying, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disruptive events. It encompasses:

  • Risk Assessment: Continuously identifying and evaluating potential threats, both internal and external, that could impact the institution’s financial stability and reputation.
  • Crisis Planning: Developing comprehensive, documented plans outlining response strategies for various crisis scenarios. This includes outlining roles, responsibilities, communication protocols, and decision-making processes.
  • Scenario Planning and Stress Testing: Simulating potential crises to test the effectiveness of crisis plans and identify areas for improvement. This helps build institutional resilience to unexpected events.
  • Communication Strategy: Establishing clear and concise communication protocols for stakeholders, including customers, investors, regulators, and the media. Transparency and timely communication are crucial during a crisis.
  • Business Continuity Planning and Recovery: Developing plans to ensure the continued functioning of core operations and essential services during and after a crisis. This includes data backup, disaster recovery procedures, and contingency plans for critical third-party vendors.
  • Incident Response and Investigation: Establishing protocols for responding to crises effectively, including containment, investigation, and remediation measures

Demonstrating Crisis Management Prowess to UK and European Regulators

Regulators in both the UK and the EU emphasize robust crisis management practices. Here’s how to convince them:

  • Alignment with Regulatory Frameworks: Ensure your crisis management framework aligns with relevant regulations, such as:
    UK: Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) Supervisory Statement SS1/21 on Operational Resilience (overseas operations should consider Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) guidance).
    EU: Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) and Directive (CRD V) emphasize stress testing and risk management capabilities.
    Basel 3.1: Focuses on enhancing bank resilience with stricter liquidity and capital requirements.
  • Regular Testing and Review: Regularly test your crisis plans through simulations and exercises to identify weaknesses and update them accordingly.
  • Independent Review and Audit: Consider independent reviews of your crisis management framework by qualified professionals to strengthen its credibility in the eyes of regulators.
  • Clear Documentation and Communication: Maintain clear and comprehensive documentation outlining your crisis management framework, plans, and procedures. Demonstrate strong governance and oversight by senior management.
  • Open Communication with Regulators: Maintain open communication with regulators, proactively informing them of any incidents or crises and demonstrating timely and effective resolutions.

Why Prepare Now for Crisis Management? Proactive Planning is Key

In a crisis, every minute counts. Proactive crisis management planning puts you ahead of the curve, empowering you to:

  • Satisfy Regulatory Scrutiny: Robust crisis plans demonstrate strong governance and risk management, critical for maintaining regulatory compliance.
  • Protect Liquidity and Capital: Identify potential threats to liquidity and implement measures to safeguard capital adequacy and protect against systemic risk.
  • Minimize Reputational Harm: Swift action and transparent communication help maintain investor and public confidence.
  • Safeguard Customer Trust: Protecting sensitive client data and upholding service levels strengthens customer loyalty.
  • Weather Market Volatility: Prepare for economic downturns, interest rate shocks, and asset price fluctuations.

Benefits of Strong Crisis Management

  • Enhanced Regulatory Compliance: Aligns your approach with regulatory expectations, reducing the risk of sanctions and fines.
  • Improved Operational Resilience: Strengthens your ability to withstand and recover from disruptive events, minimizing business interruption and financial losses.
  • Maintained Customer Trust: Effective crisis communication preserves customer confidence and loyalty during challenging times.
  • Stronger Market Reputation: Proactive crisis management demonstrates your commitment to stability and risk mitigation, enhancing your reputation with investors and other stakeholders.

Who needs to think about Crisis Management?

Asset Managers

How we can help you with your Crisis Management?

We understand the complexities facing financial institutions. Our crisis management services offer tailored, industry-specific expertise:


Basel Alignment and Regulatory Compliance

Ensure your crisis plans meet evolving standards like Basel 3.1 and integrate seamlessly with risk frameworks.


Stress Testing and Scenario Planning

Simulate market shocks, credit events, and operational failures to pinpoint vulnerabilities.


Incident Response and Investigation Support

Handle regulatory inquiries and navigate complex investigations with minimal disruption.


Reputational Risk Management

Develop crisis communication strategies to protect your brand and manage stakeholder perceptions.


Operational Resilience and Business Continuity

Prepare for disruptions to core operations, IT systems, and critical third-party services.

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