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By Nick George First published in TMT Finance on 17.08.2017. TMT Deals Overview The first half of 2017 has been rather more pause than play for the UK Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) sectors, with the strong levels of deal activity that have been evident over the last 3 years... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Deal Talk
By Matthew Clark On 16 August, the UK Government published two papers on its vision for how the new border with the EU and the specific border between Northern Ireland and Ireland could be made as seamless and frictionless as possible. We have discussed the wider EU vision paper in... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Public sector matters
Compliance with National Minimum Wage (NMW) legislation continues to be a hot topic given the recent media interest in the latest list of some 233 employers who have been named this week. The technical nature of the Regulations mean that many employers have technical breaches, e.g. understanding what constitutes working... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at People agenda
In his work to identify new cyber threats to organisations, Matt Wixey, who leads the research function in PwC’s Threat and Vulnerability Management team in the UK, has developed proof-of-concept malware which uses near-ultrasonic audio, transmitted and received with standard laptop soundcards, to receive commands and exfiltrate data. Air-gaps are... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cyber security updates
In his work to support red teaming activities at PwC by identifying new techniques to test companies’ defences, Matt Wixey, who leads the research function in the firm’s Threat and Vulnerability Management (TVM) team in the UK, has developed a tool called SandGrox, which aims to detect and bypass sandboxes... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cyber security updates
By Matthew Clark The UK’s vision for Brexit Border: the UK Government has published the options to keep the border as frictionless as possible. The paper has been welcomed by business who have now received their first real guidance on how to prepare for Brexit. That preparation needs to start... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tax
By Louise Taggart, Threat Intelligence Analyst High-profile and highly disruptive ransomware campaigns have grabbed the headlines in recent months, following the widespread WannaCry and EternalPetya campaigns of May and June respectively. These were of course not isolated incidents and Europol has noted that the incidence of ransomware has soared since... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cyber security updates
By Matthew Clark The UK’s vision for Brexit Border: the UK Government has published the options to keep the border as frictionless as possible. The paper has been welcomed by business who have now received their first real guidance on how to prepare for Brexit. That preparation needs to start... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Public sector matters
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By Juliet Stuttard and Vicky Campbell How can HR play a more central role in shaping the direction of higher education? This was the topic of our workshop at the 2017 UHR conference. And while there was clearly appetite from delegates to shift HR to being more strategic, there was... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Public sector matters
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By Vince Goode and Nick Jones Since the Good Growth for Cities series began, Brighton has achieved strong performance on improving young people’s skills. In this blog, we look at the policies implemented that target both local young people and the more transient student population. Brighton achieved a top third... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Public sector matters
By Jo Pisani and Rachel Armstrong PwC Strategy& analysis for Pfizer The UK has a vibrant pharmaceutical and life sciences sector which makes a significant contribution to the overall health and wealth of the nation. The UK industry is responsible for discovering and developing many of the world’s medicines, is... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Health Matters
By Paul Delbridge Many insurers are investigating how Machine Learning can be best deployed to both improve risk segmentation and enhance pricing models. Many insurers have already acknowledged the speed at which both supervised or unsupervised Machine Learning can be used to build new types of high-quality models, leverage Big Data, and identify new relationships between variables. Relatively little has been made to date of the capabilities of Machine Learning or Artificial Intelligence to dramatically increase both the speed at which claims reserving can be undertaken, and the extent to which highly sophisticated automation can be introduced. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The data blog
By James Hampshire, Senior Cyber Security Manager At this year's Black Hat conference, Alex Stamos Facebook's Chief Security Officer delivered the keynote speech, calling on cyber security professionals to have more empathy with the users of systems who find themselves the targets of cyber attacks. He suggested the cyber security... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Cyber security updates
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By Jonathan House This article originally appeared in the Municipal Journal on 19 July 2017. If there was one phrase that summed up the recent roundtable event in Manchester, which was organised by The MJ and PwC it was ‘lean in’. Quite apart from the demands of the public address... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at Public sector matters
By Daniel Hanson The transport sector in the UK has rarely been the focus of so much attention. Unprecedented levels of infrastructure investment are expected, with over £450bn of major projects in the pipeline that include programmes to improve the country’s transport links, as the Government seeks to rebalance the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at Public sector matters
By Nick Wilks Blog snapshot Many insurers view regulation as adding complexity and cost. Analysing data and tracking performance will help identify unprofitable business. Management can then make better informed strategic decisions to retain and generate profit. Regulation often causes a grimace on the face of many of my clients... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at FSRR
The Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) Asset Management Market Study and the extension of the Senior Managers Regime (SMR) to all FCA regulated firms - while both topics are separately initiated, increasingly the interlinkages make considering either in isolation challenging for firms. Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at FSRR
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By Nick Forrest In the first of a suite of three articles, we explored the challenge of Brexit for financial service firms. We now look at the timescale required for implementing Brexit and our next article investigates the pragmatism necessary to avoid major market disruption. Bank transformation programmes are complex,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at FSRR
By Omar Butt This year has seen a number of high profile deals by family offices and private investment vehicles and here I’d like to round up a few, whilst discussing broader themes. Our Family Office Group within Deals covers a number of family offices and ultra high net worth... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Deal Talk
By Jamie Witton View Jamie Witton’s profile This morning the Minister of State for Digital, Matt Hancock, released a statement of intent for the UK’s new Data Protection Bill. The Bill has already been through a consulting phase and the Minister has set the Bill’s scheduled implementation date for May... Continue reading
By Brandy Rosel and Irfan Elias Changes in the Client Money and Assets (CASS) regulatory landscape, such as the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) Assurance Standard and MiFID II, have created more business risk and therefore more challenges for Risk, Compliance and Internal Audit functions as they work to meet business... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at FSRR
By Ruk Permal and Anne-Marie Edmonds It’s been just over a year since the EU Market Abuse Regulation went live but today market abuse is still a key focus area for our clients and we are continuing to see a lot of activity in this space as clients look to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Fraud Academy
By Simon Harris and Suzi Gillespie On July 6th we held a breakfast briefing for the media industry, focused on content, specifically on its value in the television and music sectors. Given the critical role platforms like Netflix and Spotify are now playing, we were delighted to have Will Page,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Deal Talk
By Janet Kerr Ten years ago, the words ‘tax’ and ‘transparency’ were rarely found in the same sentence, but in the current environment, tax transparency is an increasing focus for tax departments. One question I am often asked is ‘what are the trends in tax transparency – are companies disclosing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Tax
SCALE: FinTech, will focus on supporting revenue generating companies who are shaping the future of financial services. We will be working alongside CO:CUBED and Pine Brook to deliver the 10 week programme which is kicking off in October 2017, and will be based in London, although applications from across the UK are welcomed. Apply today. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at FinTech