Client Assets and Money (CASS)

FourthLine has been providing regulatory compliance services for over 11 years, specifically Client Asset compliance for small, medium and large firms across Asset Management, Wealth, Banking, Insurance and Investment Platforms.

We offer a full suite of solutions for your CASS requirements. These tailored approaches allow our clients to identify CASS vulnerabilities, design and embed mitigating actions, build organisational capability and maintain CASS knowledge & awareness throughout their firms.

CASS Compliance | Background

Following the Lehman Brothers collapse in 2008, compliance with CASS (Client Assets Sourcebook) has been front and centre of the regulatory landscape.

At its core, CASS is about protecting clients. Its primary rule is that firms must keep client money separate from the firm’s money in segregated client money bank accounts and register the customers’ assets accordingly, ensuring that clients’ money and custody assets are protected should the firm become insolvent.

After over a decade, CASS still presents a huge challenge for firms, evident through continued CASS rule breaches, adverse audits, enforcement and resulting fines.

The CASS landscape changed significantly under PS14/9 and more recently the new focus on CASS audit firms under the FRC Assurance Standard. We have also seen other regulatory changes like MiFID II and the Senior Managers Regime and geopolitical change such as Brexit add to the complexity and cost of CASS compliance.

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OUR CAPABILITIES

For our clients, it is essential that an effective CASS governance and oversight model is embedded across the firm, starting from the top, coupled with a strong CASS framework containing robust policy, procedures and risk matrices mapped to applicable CASS rules.

Our Client Asset Advisory and Consulting capabilities include:
                             CASS OPERATIONS
        • Reconciliation
        • CMAR
        • Management Information (MI)
        • Record keeping
        • Technology and automation
        • Client terms and arrangements
                              CASS COMPLIANCE
        • Frameworks
        • Systems & Controls
        • Policies and procedures
        • Monitoring
        • Resolution Pack
        • Breach identification/Management
                             CASS TRAINING & AWARENESS
        • Annual CASS assurance
        • Board Level oversight
        • Regulatory change awareness
        • Practitioner refresher
                             CASS HEALTHCHECKS
        • High level or granular reviews
        • Special breach advice
        • Resolution pack testing
        • Audit
           
                            CASS AUDIT
        • Annual CASS assurance
        • Board Level oversight
        • Regulatory change awareness
        • Practitioner refresher
                             GOVERNANCE & OVERSIGHT
        • Discharge of duties - SMCR
        • Monitoring
        • Escalation
        • Third-party oversight
        • Third-party migration and change
        • Management Information (MI)

   CASS TECHNOLOGY & TESTING

  • Operational integration
  • Automation
  • CASS IT systems and controls testing
  • Report and management information generation
  • System migration risk
  • Accessibility, traceability & retrievability
  • Record keeping and data repositories

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