New Research Grapples with Corporate Actions

Veteran analyst Virginie O’Shea’s new business turns its attention to the ‘soul-destroying’ realm of corporate actions, which is weighed down by inefficiencies, manual processes, and lack of standards.


Working for a bank or asset manager in a corporate actions job can be “soul-destroying,” says Virginie O’Shea.

Processing these events for financial institutions is very technical, and the job has a high skill barrier to entry, and yet it remains underpaid and under-appreciated, says the CEO and founder of Firebrand Research, which this month released new research into this area of back-office operations.

“One of the problems the industry has is that even the older generation of people who

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