Scaling Risk Management for Success

Rudy Rouhana


In this chapter, the author will examine risk management within the context of emerging companies in the financial-technology sector, otherwise known as fintech. These companies continue to receive an abundance of interest from investors globally, with total investment in 2016 growing nearly 11% to over US$17 billion.11 However, venture investment is inherently focused on innovation and growth, which can put risk and compliance functions at odds with a fast-paced organisation that perceives these functions as cost centres that inhibit the pace of development. To understand how to respond to this common dilemma, four topics will be detailed:

  1. the emergence of fintech: the factors that drove innovation away from established financial intuitions and into the hands of entrepreneurs;
  2. risk management needed on Day One: the consequences experienced by three prominent fintech companies that eschewed risk and compliance programmes early in their lifecycle;
  3. making the case for risk and compliance in the C-suite: the need for specialised professionals in senior leadership

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