Bank Supervision/Regulatory Requirements
I support my customers in their fulfillment of the increasingly complex regulatory requirements such as posed by the German Central Bank (Bundesbank), the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht - BaFin) or the European Banking Authority (EBA). One of my current projects is dealing with the implementation of the Basel III regulation which requires ratios such as the Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) and the Net Stable Funding Ratio (NSFR). For my customers, I have also my eye on the more detailed requirements made by the European Union in the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD IV) and the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR), and also on national provisions, for example as stipulated in the Credit Services Act (Kreditwesengesetz - KWG), in the Regulation Governing Large Exposures and Million Loans Reporting (Groß- und Millionenkreditverordnung - GroMiKV) or the Solvency Regulation (Solvabilitätsverordnung - SolvV). With respect to this, my experience with implementing of the 6th amendment of the Credit Services Act (Kreditwesengesetz - KWG) and of Basel II is a big help.
Risk Management and Risk-IT
The regulatory law stipulates – at times in every detail – how financial service providers have to organize their risk management. I support my clients in implementing the requirements of these regulatory provisions, such as the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority’s (BaFin) “minimum requirements for risk management” (Mindestanforderungen an das Risikomanagement - MaRisk) into their own risk management structures – from the analysis of the provisions to the IT technical implementation and the integration into the IT landscape of the institute. This way, I help them for example to comply with the regulatory requirements concerning risk control processes, risk models and stress tests.
Reporting and Reporting IT
Without viable IT solutions, the reporting requirements for banks and other financial service providers cannot be met any more. I consult and support my clients regarding the professional conception, introduction and implementation of a standard software such as ABACUS/DaVinci or individual IT systems for reporting. Among others, I help my clients meet the requirements of Common Reporting (COREP) and Financial Reporting (FINREP), change Solvency Regulation (SolvV) reporting to comply with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and organize the monthly balance sheet statistics (BISTA). Concerning this, I can resort to 15 years of experience in professional services and my active role in the development of the standard software ABACUS.
The success of IT projects always depends on the quality of the communication between the specialist field formulating requirements and the IT specialists developing the relevant software solutions. The system of “Business Rules”, still largely unknown in Germany, helps improve communications by means of clearly defined standards.
Since the beginning of my career as a consultant, the “Business Rules“ concept has inspired me. Therefore, I am involved in the international Business Rules Community and I try to promote this approach in Germany. As early as 2009 I described in my book „Fachlogik umsetzen: Business Rules zwischen Konzept und IT-System“ (Implementing Functional Logic: Business Rules between Concept and IT System”) that agility, quality and efficiency can be increased in IT-projects by embracing the idea of seamless coordination.