DARTC's comprehensive review would evaluate whether risk and compliance functions are suitable for purpose, as well as ensure that all regulatory and other requirements are met through appropriate policies, processes and procedures for your firm. Most functions within a firm are audited and monitored on a frequent basis by the compliance and risk functions. However, the review and assessment of these functions themselves is frequently overlooked, especially if the firm does not have an Internal Audit function or resources allocated to it.
For a firm to have confidence in the ability of its compliance and risk functions, it may become necessary to request an independent party to review and comment upon the validity of its operations, and the effectiveness and coverage of the activities of the oversight functions. Those responsible for managing these functions are facing constantly shifting goalposts, and without an independent expert health check, it is possible to fail to meet requirements or to allow areas to fall behind the curve of expectations. Firms frequently find themselves in a volatile regulatory environment and facing shifting requirements.
DARTC's review would be tailored to provide the firm with an analysis of the appropriateness of the compliance and risk functions, taking into consideration the nature, complexity and size of the firm as well as assurance that the stated policies and processes are followed through an independent examination. We would assess key documents and interview key personnel in the functions plus senior management if required. The output can be either formal or informal.
Contact us to find out how we can help you with compliance and risk audits.