Bridge Consulting (“Bridge”) was established to provide specialist business and management advice and support to the financial services industry. Bridge has a global client base which includes investment managers, insurance companies and banks. Our services range from governance solutions and operational support to strategic advisory work.
The philosophy behind Bridge is to apply real world knowledge and experience to assist clients in developing and implementing practical solutions to the business issues that face them.
Our experience lies in making the complex simple – in presenting companies with a range of options, with the factors behind each choice clearly outlined in terms that are relevant to the decision being made. The professionals who work for Bridge have gained this experience in a variety of roles, as practitioners, in industry and in working for regulators.
Establishing a business in Ireland
Bridge has assisted organisations seeking to establish operations in Ireland both in the financial services and non-financial services sector. We have assisted a multinational to establish a substantive presence in Ireland by providing administrative support including accounting, treasury and company functions. This initial support developed over time to a business development function, whereby Bridge assisted the company launch some of its parent company’s range of products in the Irish marketplace.
Bridge has helped organisations select and implement new IT systems in order to meet changes in corporate structures and new regulatory requirements. One example involved the secondment of a consultant to work as part of a larger project team for a London-based investment manager. This project involved the replacement of the organisation’s back office accounting and reporting system. Adding to the complexity of this project, at the same time the organisation was replacing its front office systems, custody and fund administration systems as well as undergoing a change in structure as a result of a takeover. Bridge assisted with the corporate restructuring and new company launch, the introduction of new services and products, the setting up and re-engineering of business processes and the training of key staff. The project was successfully implemented and Bridge completed a handover of its work to the organisation following a period of post implementation support.
Bridge offers clients a truly independent non-conflicted service designed to put the interests of our clients first. An independent service is critical in light of the increasingly complex regulatory environment in which our clients operate.
The composition of a Fund Board is a critical component of a successful fund structure. Bridge will assist in sourcing appropriate non-executive directors in order to identify the optimum solution and to meet client’s regulatory requirements. Provision of non-executive directors is not a service which Bridge typically provides to clients, as it is seen as incompatible with its core service and has the potential for conflicts of interest.