PwC offloads its fintech division as LikeZero

Under its new name LikeZero, perhaps PwC’s financial technology division may become regarded as a read across from some of the specialist tech vendors in our industry rather than a division of an expensive and clunky professional services consultancy

Multinational professional services company PricewaterhouseCooper has distinguished itself from its financial data capture technology unit amid a regulatory crackdown on perceived conflicts of interest.

Rebranded as LikeZero, the business helps banks, financial institutions and other regulated businesses analyse and extract insight and data from within their client contracts.

Established in 2016, LikeZero, grew rapidly within PwC under the leadership of Michael Lines, now the company’s chief executive, under the name of eBAM.

The firm counts some of the world’s largest financial institutions among its blue-chip client base and has also established strategic partnerships with market leading data processing players such as AcadiaSoft and IHS Markit.

The spin out comes in response to regulatory restrictions imposed by the Financial Reporting Council, which bans audit firms from selling their own technology to client companies.

The offloading of the business was conducted in a management buy-out backed by Souter Investments, the private equity focussed family investment office and Manfield Partners Limited.

PwC was always a force to be reckoned with when attracting large scale projects within Tier 1 banks and financial technology firms. The company rivals Accenture, Steria, Capita, Fujitsu-Siemens and Tata Consulting and has provided contract consultancy for most of the major institutions for many years.
Under its new moniker, perhaps PwC’s LikeZero brand will align more with the specialist service providers and become part of our industry, rather than be considered a division of a large, clunky and expensive generic consultancy.

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