Governance & Assurance
Governance is critical to the financial sector. The safety and soundness of financial firms depends on clear accountabilities and a positive stewardship culture. Regulators and other key stakeholders expect open and transparent communications. We infuse trust through our independent assurance programmes.
Effective governance seeks to safeguard the interests of stakeholders in conformity with public interest, on a sustainable basis. Proper allocation of authority and accountability of a firm’s business, between its board and senior management is critical. Effective oversight is exercised through reporting and transparency. Independent verification and assurance instil confidence and trust in the financial sector and across the economy as a whole.
Through our regular dialogue with the board and senior management of financial firms, we are able to share our technical and commercial insights.
Our governance and assurance engagements are highly respected and valued for their technical astuteness and commercial insights that are grounded in professionalism, independence and objectivity.
GDPR is the single most important development in European data law in the last 20 years and has fundamentally changed the data privacy landscape. It has an extensive penal regime whereby infringements could result in penalties of up to €20m or up to 4% of annual global turnover, whichever is greater. Beyond the pecuniary, firms must guard against reputational damage, and resultant loss of business.
At Hansuke, we specialise in the provision of GDPR related services. Our services range from raising awareness levels at the board level, to implementing customer-specific protocols. We help our clients understand compliance gaps, assist with the development of a GDPR framework, and inculcate a ‘data-conscious culture’ that improves data hygiene and decreases the risk of a data breach and regulatory fines. Our information security and data management experts bring extensive experience from leading banks, consulting firms, FCA, and PRA’s skilled panel for operational risk to facilitate GDPR compliance projects.
- Raising awareness: Running awareness sessions and creating aGDPR-aware culture;
- Assessing readiness: Conducting health checks and data audits within the organisation
- Procedures and protocols; and
- Providing governance and assurance: Designing and implementing management tools to ensure ongoing compliance.
The SAO regime, as introduced in FA 2009 (Schedule 46), ensures that qualifying companies have appropriate tax accounting arrangements in place which enables the correct and accurate tax liabilities to be reported to HMRC. Hansuke is actively engaged in improving the quality of SAO reporting, governance and assurance. We assist our clients implement continuously improving end-to-end business processes that drive tax performance through performance measurement systems.
Under the SAO regime, the responsible officer is required to personally certify that their organisational systems are fit for the purpose of reporting taxes. Our experts possess extensive in-house and HMRC experience that is deployed to help clients discharge their SAO obligations. With a record number of fines and sanctions being imposed by HMRC for SAO failures, it is important for firms to ensure that this important tax governance area is properly managed with regular and meaningful reporting on compliance standards to the board of directors.
Our FS training academy, Hansuke Gakkō comes from the Japanese word for ‘school’, encapsulating our ethos of perpetual learning and skill acquisition, as well as the accumulation of knowledge through practice.
We provide FS-focused, specialist training programmes and bespoke workshops to ensure clients are well-equipped to implement effectual operational and governance practices.
We deliver practical training experiences that educate, inspire, inform and build technically skilled learning communities. Our programmes are led by technical experts who employ leading andragogical methods, including case-studies and real-life experiences, to keep busy executives up to date with leading-edge thinking in the discipline.
Recent Hansuke Gakkō initiatives have included the organisation of a practical workshop on CCO Risk Assessment in collaboration with the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) and Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI).
Our in-house technical training and workshop delivery includes:
- Tax Transparency and Governance: AEoI (CRS, FATCA), DAC6, QI, CCO, VAT;
- Financial Crime: Anti-bribery, AML/ KYC, Whistleblowing, CDD Remediation;
- Risk & Assurance: Internal audit, Board Effectiveness, Operational Resilience, Corporate Governance, PSD2;
- GDPR & Data Privacy; and
- Regulatory Reporting: Preparations for IT Audit