learn/what-is-regtech

2017-05-18

What is RegTech? The latest wave of startups hitting the fintech industry

WIRED Money 2017

Suade was one of the keynote speakers at Wired Money’s 2017 event (pictured to the left). We also featured in Wired’s “What is RegTech? The latest wave of startups hitting the FinTech industry” article .

Watch Diana’s talk here:

Suade at Wired Money

And here is some of the article:

In the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, financial regulators wanted to ensure the industry would not face the same problems again. New regulations were put in place to improve risk controls, maintain capital and create a more transparent financial sector.

With an increased focus on managing risk and complying with stricter rules, the financial industry needed to find new ways to adapt. On top of this, technology was advancing; meaning much more was possible.

RegTech companies were born out of this combination of regulatory change and more efficient technology.

Diana Paredes is cofounder of Suade, launched in 2014 to help banks analyse their own practices, then modify them to comply with complex and changing regulatory requirements.

When the financial crisis hit, Paredes was working at Merrill Lynch. “It had a profound impact on my life and my belief system about the trading floor,” Paredes told WIRED.

By taking the time to understand changing regulations and developing technology that helps businesses comply, Suade hopes to save banks and financial institutions time and money.

Suade provides technology for banks to ensure they are always compliant with regulation, with a focus on flexibility. Since regulation is often changing, it is important to develop technology that can adapt to these changes.

One of the biggest uncertainties regarding the future of financial regulation surrounds what will happen when the UK leaves the EU in 2019.

Many of the changes for UK-based companies might have negative consequences, and involve multiple regulatory swings. But Paredes says for RegTech, “Brexit is also a brilliant opportunity”.

Because technology like Suade’s is adaptable and can transform quickly, it will likely become an important tool for banks she predicts. RegTech is all about minimising uncertainty,” Paredes says.

Suade is also pushing for a more transparent banking sector, with the introduction of open source standards for financial data. While every bank and institution in the UK, for example, may have a different method of collecting certain data, the laws applying to them all are the same.

Because each company has evolved to collect this data separately, the differences in their methods can be so vast it makes the exchange of data between firms and regulators complicated and prone to error. To make the process more efficient, companies would need a common format.

Suade’s FIRE format for financial data is aimed at becoming a common structure for all financial data, ensuring each piece of regulation is met. This includes any data that must be gathered for supervision and monitoring.

The FIRE code samples are licensed under an Apache 2.0 License, which allows customers to use the software for any purpose, to distribute it and to modify it. “We are democratising our experience and turning it into software,” says Paredes.

For the original article, click here.

To see more from Wired where Suade is featured, click here.