13 consulting firms join UnaVista's Partner Programme for consultants

06 December 2018 Consultancy.uk

UnaVista, a provider of regulatory technology platforms, has admitted thirteen consulting firms into its newly launched Partner Programme. 

With over 3,300 companies across 80+ countries using its software, UnaVista, which is part of London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), is one of the larger regulatory technology platform providers globally. The firm’s software helps organisations reduce operational risk, while increasing business efficiency through enhanced compliance and regulatory management.

Building on the success of an existing Partner Programme for technology and software firms (over 50 partners to date), in September UnaVista established a Partner Programme specifically for consulting firms. “Creating a new pillar within the Partner Programme specifically for consultants was the next logical step,” explained Wendy Collins, Managing Director at UnaVista. “Providing consulting firms with access to a rich source of UnaVista content and knowledge enables them to increase the value they bring to clients and help clients to derive more value from UnaVista solutions.”

Similar to other partner schemes of software providers, the programme is designed to add value to UnaVista (benefitting from the expertise and network of consultancies), consulting firms (access a wide pool of resources, knowledge and skills to augment their services) and client organisations (working with external providers that have demonstrated capabilities in advisory and execution). Collins added: “Our consulting partners are among the leaders in the landscape and have experienced professionals who are passionate about solving issues from technology, regulatory and operational risk.”

UnaVista's Consulting Partner ProgrammeOver the past months, UnaVista has admitted thirteen consulting firms into the network: Axis Corporate, Bovill, Citihub Consulting, Compliancy Services, d-fine, Duff & Phelps, Excelian, Luxoft Financial Services, Gordon Dadds Financial Markets, IMP Consulting, JDX, K&E, Leading Point and Talos Management Consultants. According to UnaVista, all firms boast a proven track record in advisory and implementation services across regulatory topics including European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), MiFID II / MiFIR and Securities Financing Transaction Regulation (SFTR).

Commenting on joining the scheme, Pablo Beivide Cavia, Director at Axis Corporate said, “This partnership is a strong endorsement of Axis Corporate´s breadth and depth of consulting experience in guiding clients through the fields of governance and regulatory compliance.  It also strengthens our own proposition by leveraging UnaVista´s industry expertise. We look forward to working closely with UnaVista over the coming years to deliver a deeply collaborative service for their clients.” 

Chris Beer, EMEA Regulatory Practice Head at Excelian, Luxoft Financial Services, remarked, “At Excelian, we leverage our collective product, technical and regulatory knowledge to help clients deliver compliance with a broad range of financial regulations. Combining this approach with the UnaVista platform, its deep repository of reporting data and the marketplace expertise of the London Stock Exchange makes this an ideal partnership.” 

Jane Stabile of IMP Consulting, a US-based consulting firm specialised in trade order management and compliance system implementation, said: “IMP helps North American asset managers to capture the information that they need to meet MiFID II/MIFIR reporting requirements. Leveraging the partnership, IMP is better able to ensure a successful and on-time implementation at our clients.”


Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”