FinArch's Financial Studio implementation for global BKCP network (including Basel II calculations for Belgium and France)

Brussels/Ghent – March 12 2008.

Financial Architects (FinArch), international provider of a Finance Resource Planning (FRP) platform for the finance industry, today announced that BKCP has selected FinArch’s Financial Studio solution as the core platform to answer all their capital management and reporting requirements.
BKCP, a partner of Crédit Mutuel Nord Europe, one of the largest banks in France, is a group of regional banks for retail and corporate clients in Belgium. BKCP has chosen Financial Studio to comply with Basel II requirements in Belgium and in France, and, at the same time, to produce the data required for FINREP (IFRS) reports and legal reporting. FinArch’s solution will be implemented in the entire BKCP network.

Financial Studio’s capital management solution comes with an extensive range of functionality to address the requirements of Basel II, RAROC, economic capital and other risk-related performance measurement ratios. It provides a fully integrated capital and risk management solution that delivers comprehensive support for enterprise-wide credit, market, and operational risk management, ensuring compliance with external regulations. Organisations maximise the investments made to meet the immediate short term requirements, meanwhile building a comprehensive capital framework and enterprise risk management platform with superior internal controls.

“BKCP as a group will greatly benefit from this integrated solution”. Yves van der Beken, Manager at BKCP states. Furthermore, BKCP as a group will gain additional business benefits by improving reporting flows and by turning compliance into a cost-saving exercise.” The selected solution supports expansion from a Basel II Standard Approach into IRB. In case the group should wish to embrace one single solution that leverages the convergence between compliance, accounting, MIS and risk management issues, FinArch’s Basel II solution’s common data model shared with the more advanced Financial Studio capital management solutions provides a direct option to expand usage into other areas, both functionally (such as accounting and IFRS) and geographically.

Frédéric Simons, VP Regional Development at FinArch, commented: "We provide BKCP with a solution that leverages financial information with great flexibility and analytical depth, while preserving the high standards of data integrity and completeness to which BKCP adheres to. Financial Studio is a future-proof solution, as it guarantees automatic future compliance through the software updates on supervisory changes that we provide as part of our continuous commitment to our customers. Without any doubt BKCP rapidly will receive return on investment."

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