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Fintech Fuse
December 5 - 9, 2022

James Maxfield
Managing Director at Ascendant Strategy


I am managing director of Ascendant Strategy, a capital markets consultancy business focussing on strategic transformation and enablement of the post-trade infrastructure and process. Our capability has been developed over several decades within leadership roles at investment banks, enabling transformational change across wide range of geographies, functions (IT, Operations, Finance) and processes. These experiences are combined to result in a practical, pragmatic and delivery based approach, which enables clients to achieve their business objectives.

We are a content-led consulting business, whose core competence is based around extensive capital markets and financial services experience. Our capabilities are based on skills and experiences that have been developed through leadership of successful outcomes internally within financial services organisations. We recognise that each organisation is unique, as are its challenges and so our practitioners focus on providing solutions to your challenges, not finding a challenge for their solutions.

Our consulting methods support this focus. Where we can, we price business based on the outcome – not the amount of time spent. This provides focus and accountability to create the right result for the client, ensuring both transparency of deliverables and cost. By creating this delivery focus, we ensure our team is aligned with the client to achieve the same common goals – delivery of the business objectives.

Agenda Sessions

  • The 10 Minute Back Office Bulletin: The Top 5 Back Office Trends You Need to Know About to Get Ahead