Banks are at risk of exposure to weak and poorly run transfer agents. Every fund that a bank distributes has an underlying transfer agent, making it a case of good versus bad funds in terms of the underlying transfer agent that they use. The exposure, through liability, is brought about through the AIFMD and UCITS V directives, but there is a real danger of reputational damage to a bank if an underlying transfer agent becomes insolvent.
In the post-Madoff world, banks continue to suffer from poor administration at the transfer agent level beneath the funds that they distribute. Thomas Murray's Transfer Agent Monitoring actively help banks to get a firm grasp on the underlying administration of the funds that they distribute.