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UK FCA finds asset managers are better prepared for service provider failure but not all apply proper oversight

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

The collapse of Lehman and the several bailouts that occurred in recent years highlighted the possibility of big brands becoming potential bankruptcies. So asset managers, including hedge fund managers, may be cautious when it comes to their service providers no matter how big the latter are, and could manage any risk that those service providers might present - especially as more hedge fund managers are now outsourcing various tasks to third parties for control and cost reasons, and about half of hedge fund assets are administered by bank-affiliated or bank-regulated financial institutions.

The UKís Financial Conduct Authority (FCA, formally known as FSA), the countryís financial regulator, has just published the findings from a review of outsourcing in the asset management industry. The review assesses whether asset managers in the UK are effectively mitigating the risks relating to outsourcing, and focused on two risks: - Resilience risk: inadequate contingency plans to deal with failure of service provider; - Oversight risk: inadequate oversight of service providers.

The review found improvement in the management of resilience risk, but effectiveness of the oversight varies from manager to manager.

The FCA found last year, from an initial review ......................

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