Being a one stop shop for a leading high street bank

 

Background

4most have a long-standing relationship working with a well-known, leading UK retail lender that provides high street and internet banking, current accounts, mortgages, savings accounts, credit cards and loans.

Challenge

In recent years, the Bank has been undergoing complex challenges as it modernises and transitions under stringent regulatory changes. This required a multi-faceted, strategic approach which involved strengthening their validation function, full model redevelopment alongside advising on internal governance framework.

Approach

We delivered multiple services across several functions, which can be split into the following core areas:

“I believe our long-term partnership with the Bank has helped them to secure their position as a leading UK retail lender.”
- Damien, Partner


  • Advisory:

    • Development of methodologies, finalisation of internal policy, governance as part of the remediation and redevelopment of their risk framework.

  • Model Development:

    • Remediation and redevelopment of IRB capital models.

    • Creation of a model monitoring suite.

  • Validation Function:

    • Long-term insourced partnership to augment the internal independent validation team, supporting new model and annual model reviews.

    • Creation of checklists for both internal standards and external regulations.

    • Constructing model validation templates with consistent approaches and guidelines.

    • Defining clear validation ratings and definitions, driving the final review outcomes.

    • Creation of a model inventory allowing simple action logs with resolution tracking.

    • Production of IRB model attestation documentation, and attestation reviews.

Impact

The Bank’s ongoing seven-year relationship with 4most has resulted in a highly successful function, a well-established validation framework, and a strong credit risk function. This has allowed the Bank to react quickly to regulatory changes whilst maintaining their position as a strong UK lender.