ICSR provides day to day advice, implementation support and resources, training to support financial services firms with their control environment issues involving compliance, risk, corporate governance and company secretarial matters.
Our teams support businesses on diverse issues with a focus on times when pragmatic support is required from industry experts including starting-up and during periods of transformation involving acquisitions and reorganisations, the development of new products or distribution models, new laws and regulations or as a result of regulatory intervention including remediation.
We have the capability to help businesses ensure they are operating good practice in areas such as Risk, Compliance, Governance (including Company Secretarial) and Internal Audit and can develop and build governance and oversight frameworks. We also undertake effectiveness and resourcing reviews to ensure that the controls are in place and operating effectively with appropriate MI getting to the right place.
Complementary to the advisory work we can oversee and manage implementation of any changes required including embedding the changes utilising appropriate training methods to match the scale of your business
We also offer a resourcing option where clients have received advice internally or externally and only need additional resource to implement any changes.
A key element to effective risk, control and compliance frameworks is the embedding of the Board Policies and underlying Processes after delivery or transformation. We can support the embedding process with training from experts with years of experience.
“As one of the largest London Market MGAs, ICSR have been invaluable to us. At short notice they were able to prepare our senior management for what became a successful visit by the FCA and PRA and have since helped us by bringing expertise and experience to bear on development of our Brexit solution, Financial Crime issues, preparing for SMCR and a review of our firm’s policies and procedures. During a resource crunch they were also able to provide short term support until we were able to hire a full time resource. Ken, Jason and Craig have all been very responsive and helpful. We intend to continue our relationship with them when we require their expertise or support”
Group Compliance and Risk Officer
London Market MGA
“Skyline Partners have been engaged with ICSR since the beginning of the year. We have been very impressed with their knowledge and experience, particularly with regard to regulatory and legal structuring for operating as an insurance intermediary internationally . ICSR have been very flexible recognising that we are a start-up organisation. They have also made some key industry introductions for us which have been aligned to our strategy and direction and been very beneficial for us. Kenneth and Jason are a pleasure to work with and Skyline Partners would fully endorse them to any potential clients of ICSR. ”
“ICSR aided us in the design and development of a policy wording and associated documents. They provided us with prompt, considered, thorough and useful assistance. We intend to engage ICSR in relation to similar matters in the future”
Lloyd’s Managing Agency
“ICSR has worked closely with Gryphon during the build of our products and processes. They have helped us navigate a variety of complex regulatory issues; not least the development of our compliance framework and controls, regulatory perimeter guidance, and arrangements with business and trading partners. Jason Jones has led the ICSR team involved and his insight, efforts and assistance have been greatly appreciated. We are very happy to have ICSR as a support partner as we continue our journey.”
CEO Gryphon Group Holdings & Guardian Financial Services
“They are not your typical consultants; they listen well, engage well across all levels of staff and roll up their sleeves…”
“Ken Underhill facilitated workshops for our management team, which allowed us to quickly understand the complexities of Brexit, how those issues applied to the specifics of our business and what steps we needed to take to achieve the desired result…”
An Executive of a Lloyd’s Broker
“Time after time Ken has demonstrated the ability to anticipate and identify regulatory reactions to various company actions – and inactions. Equally importantly, he understands how to craft common-sense solutions that provide compliance certainty while maximizing business opportunities…”
An International General Counsel for a US Multinational Insurer
“ICSR were able at short notice to assist us, an international insurance group with a presence in London, to prepare for and respond to a deep review by our regulators of certain aspects of our business including Governance and Conduct. ICSR were very helpful in accurately identifying the issues we needed to address and advising us on the right approach to do so. ICSR worked with us for several months while we resolved all our issues and were instrumental in helping to ensure we reached the resolution appropriate to our circumstances. In addition, ICSR provided an excellent interim Compliance Officer, and were agreeable to several necessary extensions. We were very pleased with their approach, expertise, insight and flexibility.”
A Group General Counsel for an International Insurance Group
“A very well-written article. The best I have read on the topic by a long way.”
CEO, Lloyd’s Managing Agency
“We engaged ICSR to assist as an “extra pair of hands” to get a compliance project over the line within a tight timeline. Ken Underhill was hugely responsive and knowledgeable and made the necessary arrangements quickly and efficiently. The consultant that was assigned was just right for the job and fitted in well with the rest of the team.”
European General Counsel, global insurance group
“ICSR have been instrumental in assisting a joint client, an international insurer with the development and implementation of an internal controls framework as part of the reorganisation that followed a significant acquisition in the London Market. The work required in depth knowledge of a wide array of processes including underwriting, distribution, claims and reinsurance in order to document, test and challenge the adequacy of controls and it had been difficult to find adequate resources available in the market to satisfy the client’s expectations. The team provided by ICSR have been skilled and knowledgeable as well as hard-working, consistently meeting deadlines and providing high quality deliverables to the satisfaction of the client. I can’t thank ICSR enough for their assistance and help. I would use them again if the need arises and highly recommend them”.
Consultant to International Insurer