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The Coming Boom in 'Regtech'

The Coming Boom in 'Regtech'

Regtechs can provide brains, guts and backbone to improve governance, risk and compliance (GRC) processes in a number of ways.

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The Coming Boom in 'Regtech'

This article originally appeared on Bangkok Post.

How can banks better manage one of the costliest and most troublesome activities—complying with regulations? Increasingly, banks may benefit from working with "regtech" firms.

Consumer financial services products are being transformed by the fintech revolution, but automation, data innovation and other technological efficiencies can also benefit banks' efforts to comply with a growing regulatory burden and improve their internal governance controls.

Given the high stakes, however, banks should gain a better understanding of their options when it comes to regulatory technology. They need to carefully assess which high-priority objectives they are trying to accomplish in partnering with a regtech firm. They will need to bring regulators into the conversation before committing to such a partnership. And they must ensure that combining third-party technology and services with their internal processes does not create more system complexity.

Bain & Co has identified more than 80 emerging regtechs. The rise of these firms should be welcome. Banks have been reducing their cost base for several years now. Many of the efficiency gains, however, have been offset by resources required to meet expanded regulatory requirements and to settle fines. We estimate that governance, risk and compliance (GRC) costs account for 15-20% of the total "run the bank" cost base of most major banks. GRC demand drives roughly 40% of costs for "change the bank" projects under way.

Read the full article at Bangkok Post.

Matthias Memminger, Edmund Lin and Derek Keswakaroon are partners with Bain & Company, based in Frankfurt, Singapore and Bangkok respectively.


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