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Delivering a scalable cloud-based regulatory reporting platform

Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

Background

The UK financial regulator is responsible for monitoring standards, behaviour and activity across the financial services market in the UK. The regulator regularly introduces new legislation to catalyse banking reform, ensuring governance and compliance to protect the public and promote fair competition.

The challenge

In 2016, the regulator implemented new stringent legislation – Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II). MiFID II required all UK financial organisations to submit detailed data about trading activity in a pre-defined format within strictly defined timescales. In order to monitor compliance and identify transgressors, the regulator needed to create a flexible, efficient and cost-effective digital data platform to capture, validate, store, track and analyse vast amounts of information.

The solution

Our multi-disciplinary consulting team designed and built an innovative cloud-based big data Market Data Platform (MDP) using cutting edge open source application components – and hosted it on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Drawing on our deep regulatory and data knowledge and capability, our project teams worked with regulatory rigour and technical excellence for 18 months to enable the regulator to confidently capture and manage all transactions according to MiFID II directives. The MDP went live in January 2018 and is now regarded as one of the most industry critical regulatory cloud platforms in the UK.

The results

Working in partnership with the UK financial regulator, we were able to deliver:

  • A high volume capability – the platform has handled over 8 billion transactions since launch, averaging more than 31 million transactions per day
  • A highly secure, low-risk, cloud-based data solution
  • A flexible and scalable platform for growth
  • Repeatable technology that empowers the cost-effective rollout of new legislation
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