Connect • Communicate • Empower

Our broad network of experienced compliance professionals are a skilled and flexible resource, there for you for as long or as short as you need. Whether that is one hour, one day or on a longer basis. Supporting you remotely or visiting your office.

Think of us as an extension to your team. ionStar provides clients with clear, practical and actionable compliance advice and innovative solutions.

A flexible, expert resource that can be scaled up or down efficiently, as needed.

Access to Experts

ionStar provides our clients access to talent not typically available through conventional channels: professionals with hands-on, in-house, commercial experience gained over countless years’ frontline experience. We are not your conventional team of consultants. We have all been in your shoes and put ourselves firmly back there when tailoring solutions that work for you.

You will benefit from that experience as we deliver precisely the solution you need.

We’re your partner for compliance solutions.

How we add value to your business

There is a wealth of experienced compliance professionals who want professional flexibility and to achieve a healthy work/life fit. We mobilise this valuable talent pool not previously accessed.

We act as the single point of contact for clients, working with you to define the scope and to ensure all assignments are delivered on brief, on time and on budget.

We manage your compliance requirements, so you can focus on the outcomes.

Our Services

Our solutions fall into the following service lines:

FCA authorisation & Variation of Permissions

Compliance advice and support to those who wish to lead the FCA application process themselves. One-off reviews of your supporting documents or provision of specific advice on documents such as your regulatory business plan.

Remediation Work

Provide expert advice on FCA expectations and an action plan to rectify any issues in a discreet and compliant manner.

Health Checks

Provide experts in areas such as MiFID II, GDPR, CASS and AMLD4, that can be focussed to provide you with a health check on how you are doing.

Emergency Cover

Parachute in talented and experienced compliance professionals to help you for as long or short as you need.

Compliance Advice

Provide one-off advice on technical matters relating to the FCA’s Handbook, or longer-term guidance.


• Perform your monitoring plan remotely, freeing your time to focus on outcomes.
• Perform your monitoring periodically in your office.
• Review and update your existing monitoring plan to keep up with changing regulations.
• Train your staff to carry out monitoring in-house.

Mock FCA Visits and Interviews

Advice on the best way to respond, simulating a visit, conducting one or more staff interviews using the style of questioning used by the FCA and providing feedback.

Corporate Matchmaking

•  Structure market entry whether through new regulatory application or wholesale acquisition.
•  Identify and introduce potential buyers and sellers.
•  Facilitate deals between investors entering the market and industry incumbents reviewing their strategic options.
•  Full support in navigating regulatory change in control process.

Compliance policies and procedures

Review and update policies and procedures to ensure they are compliant with the FCA’s require

Regulatory Change

Assess your business against FCA hot topics, such as the SM&CR, Conduct Risk and Brexit, and advise you on the best course of action in line with your business strategy.


Provide specialist face-to-face training that is tailored to your firm. Whether you need an overhaul of an existing induction course, general refresher on aspects of MiFID II or want to begin educating senior management on the requirements of the SM&CR, we can put together a course that meets your specific needs.

Executive Search

Find the right fit culturally and professionally. Full time, part time or flexi-time. Maternity, paternity or sick leave cover. We can help. Our network is unique.