Alastair Rutherford

Building Operational Resilience – Does this finally create a ‘silver-bullet’ for post trade transformation within capital markets?

Having had six months to digest the policy guidance from UK supervisors around operational resilience, many organisations are still trying to understand what this means in practice. And as importantly, what level of response is appropriate to to ensure compliance is robust. With an increasing focus across the capital markets spectrum around digitalisation, proactive organisations...
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Article by Ascendant’s James Maxfield published by Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence

As the topic of Operational Resilience becomes more and more prominent driven by Regulators’ activity, Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence asked Ascendant’s James Maxfield for his insights. See the document here.   Originally published by Thomson Reuters . © Thomson Reuters.  
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Why Front-to-Back Modernisation Agendas Fail in Financial Services – And How to Enable Success?

The evolution of financial services during the last decade was driven by an overwhelming tide of industry restructuring and regulation associated with fall-out from the 2008 crisis. This dominated management focus and forced business models to adjust (and in some cases pivot entirely to something new) to the new age in which they found themselves....
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Operational Resilience – Or Revolution?

On the 29th March 2021, the UK supervisory authorities publicised the final policy statements surrounding operational resilience. These had been in the pipeline since 2018, when the original discussion paper was published, and ends an extensive period of consultation across the industry. The objective had been to find a common set of standards across the...
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Key takeaways from Ascendant Webinar – How Close is the Blockchain Revolution in Capital Markets?

Two years ago, there was talk of a blockchain revolution in the post trade space, but in fact, there was little evidence of success in this area or capital markets in general. There were “proofs of concept”, small start-ups but not the big bang type of breakthrough that had been signalled. Confusion also reigned over...
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Ascendant Strategy are on the Financial Technologist magazine’s THE MOST INFLUENTIAL FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES OF 2021

We are very proud to be on the list for the third year running! See the full magazine here, and don’t forget to check out Ascendant’s Alastair Rutherford on the hot topic of  TECH INNOVATION IN POST-TRADE starting page 30…
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Outlook 2021: Post-trade Transformation – Why Digitalisation & Resilience of Operations Matters to CXO’s in 2021

Post-trade transformation still required? Was 2020 ‘Job done’ or just another year of only just getting away with it? What do CXOs need to do in 2021 to challenge complacency and drive effective digital transformation? Click here to read our view
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Webinar – How Close is the Blockchain Revolution in Capital Markets?

Ascendant Strategy joined up again with The Realisation Group to take another look – 2 years on – at how DLT technology has impacted Post Trade in Capital Markets. Before, we were confirmed sceptics, but now… why not relive the webinar here? Thanks to participants Sophia Grami, Olaf Ransome, Jannah Patchay who joined Ascendant’s Alastair...
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Time For Another Reality Check – How Close Is The Blockchain Revolution In Capital Markets?

Will Blockchain revolutionise the post-trade environment in capital markets? Two years ago we were a bit sceptical… since then things have moved on and we’ve put the team back together to discuss. The outcome from our perspective is a bit more positive, cautiously optimistic even! To read the FMI document, click here
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