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The WatersTechnology Asia Awards 2020 features 31 categories (see below), with 23 technology / vendor categories and 8 end-user categories. For more entry information, please visit how to enter.

 

Technology vendor awards

Best front office platform

This award will go to the vendor that has introduced innovation across the functions traditionally associated with the front office (OMS/EMS/portfolio management/algorithmic trading and decision support) over the last 12 months (March 2019 - March 2020).

Best middle office platform

This award will go to the vendor that has introduced innovation across the functions traditionally associated with the middle office (risk management/performance measurement and attribution/reporting and compliance) over the last 12 months (March 2019 - March 2020).

Best back office platform

This award will go to the vendor that has introduced innovation across the functions traditionally associated with the back office (reconciliation and clearing and settlement) over the last 12 months (March 2019 - March 2020).
 

Best acquisition

This category will be awarded to the firm that demonstrated the most successful acquisition, which brought on new business opportunities while ensuring smooth integration and execution.

Best AI-based solution

This category will be awarded to the most innovative use of AI technology in a product or service in a live environment within a sell-side or buy-side firm. Entrants must provide details of the deployment including the name of the end-user firm. Please note that all entry information is strictly confidential.

Best alternative data provider

The winning provider is a market pioneer finds new opportunities in utilising alternative data. The solution should demonstrate efficiency and effectiveness in exploiting various unconventional data formats that generate faster information feed.

Best data analytics solution

Solution must be able to interrogate large data volumes, and produce actionable analysis based on that information discovery, illustrating the business benefits to clients.

Best distributed ledger technology

The winning entry in this category should explain the DLT product's applicability to their clients, focusing on the business benefits accruing to clients that implement such platforms/products.

Best EMS

Platforms should feature multi-broker/exchange connectivity; pre-trade transaction cost analysis (TCA); algorithmic trading tools and DMA; and should show strong integration capabilities with OMSs.

Best enterprise data management provider

The winner of this award will demonstrate that their product improves data quality and reduces costs across the enterprise through the standardization and consolidation of data management systems/tools.

Best exchange in Asia

The winner of this award will demonstrate a targeted approach to market regulation, and a commitment to achieving trust from its markets through work to increase accountability across all stakeholders. We will also look for a willingness to partner with the industry to raise standards.

Best front-to-back office integration

This category goes to the best solution that aligns the front, middle and back-office operations. The panel will look at how the solution streamlines the internal process while allowing firms to make better business decisions.    

Best infrastructure provider

This category will be awarded to the firm that provides the most innovative infrastructure to the capital markets. All platforms and technologies will be considered for this award.

Best KYC/AML service

This category will be awards to the technology provider who not only illustrates the extent of its KYC/AML/CDD solution, but how its applicability to financial services firms’ mission to reduce financial crime by way of the tool being implemented in a live environment

Best market surveillance tool

Entries should incorporate real-time surveillance capabilities for both internal and external obligations, including pattern-recognition software and case-building capabilities.

Best OMS

Platforms should feature pre-trade (deal time) and post-trade compliance; support for a range of asset classes including derivatives; a trading blotter; FIX-enabled connectivity; and order generation and routing functions.

Best outsourcing provider

Entrants should offer multiple business development and engineering services and responsiveness to client demands, while meeting budgetary and time-to-market objectives for clients.

Best overall third-party technology provider

This award will go to a technology provider (firm) that illustrates the extent to which it has embraced innovative development techniques/operating models to deliver valuable products and services to its capital markets clients.

Best reconciliation platform

The winning product in this category would need to address the following: exception management, it should provide interfaces to widely-used matching engines, and it should support the automatic reconciliation of a large number of instruments, especially OTC derivatives.

Best research provider

This award goes to the research company that provides the most innovative and accurate research, going above and beyond the client's expectations.

Best risk management solution

Functions should include risk-based portfolio modelling; 'what if' analysis; stress testing; Monte Carlo simulation; and (ideally) the ability to provide VaR and NAV figures.

Best TCA solution

The panel is looking for a transaction-cost analysis (TCA) solution that supports multiple asset classes, a range of benchmarks in its analysis, the ability to assess venue as well as broker performance, and a granular focus on data and its presentation.

Best trading network

Entries should exhibit high levels of buy-side and sell-side penetration, be FIX-compatible, support large message volumes, and demonstrate operational resilience.

End-user awards

Please note that these categories can only be entered by financial services end-users (banks, brokers, asset managers and hedge funds). 

 

Best client communication initiative

Entries should demonstrate their innovative and efficient approaches to communicate with clients, whether it is to facilitate accessible transparent information, or to ensure the delivery meets client expectations and business objectives.

Best cloud migration project

Cloud computing has reduced overall computing costs, but it has also added an extra layer of complexity to infrastructure management. This award is open to buy-side and sell-side firms, as well as exchanges, that can demonstrate the greatest return on investment through deploying an internal cloud or integrating one or more third-party cloud environments.

Best cross-asset trading initiative

Open to individual business units, entries in this category should focus on projects that have been live for at least six months. The judges are looking for creative responses to delivering cross-asset trading capabilities to institutional clients. The application of technical expertise and end-users' derived benefits should feature prominently in firms' entries.

Best IT initiative

This award goes to a firm that has undertaken an IT project or leveraged technology in a new or unique way that sets it apart from its competitors. 

Best IT team

This award honors the technology team from a buy-side firm that successfully delivers the goods to its firm and clients. The winner will be the team that demonstrates a solid, end-to-end strategy to handle everything from risk management to compliance and data administration, while still providing innovative and cutting-edge trading solutions.

Best regulatory reporting initiative

As local, national and international regulations mount, firms need to upgrade their reporting infrastructure, not only to comply with rules already in place, but also to address those in the pipeline. This award will reflect the platform's reporting capabilities as well as its flexibility and scalability to meet new reporting environments.

Best use of alternative data

The award goes to the best application of alternative data. The winner demonstrates its first-rate tactic that turns alternative data into actionable business insights.

Best use of ML/Natural Language Processing

The winner of this category effectively exploits the potentials of machine learning and natural language processing across the business/operation units. The panel will look into how much value the technologies have brought to the firm, as well as its scalability and flexibility. 

Company profile

Axioma provides an integrated suite of front-to-back investment management solutions to a global client base, including asset managers, hedge funds, insurance companies, pension funds, wealth managers and investment banks. Our award-winning services are comprised of multi-asset enterprise risk management, portfolio construction, performance attribution, regulatory reporting and custom index design. With over $10 trillion in assets under management, our clients rely on Axioma’s solutions for decision intelligence throughout the entire investment process across the front, middle and back office. Enabled by Axioma’s market-leading technology from APIs to the cloud-native open environment of axiomaBlueTM and fully integrated content and analytics, our customers deploy Axioma’s solutions to create competitive advantage – from risk to return. Learn more at www.axioma.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Company profile

To succeed today, financial institutions require world-class solutions that integrate people, processes, information and technology for the front office, middle office and operations. Bloomberg Professional services – the Bloomberg Terminal® and our enterprise data management and integration services – provide real-time data, breaking news, in-depth research and powerful analytics to help financial professionals make smarter, faster and more informed decisions.

Bloomberg helps clients navigate the increasingly complex liquidity, regulatory and accounting disclosure landscape, with a diverse suite of solutions that combine high-quality data, unparalleled market analytics and best-in-class service. No matter the challenge, Bloomberg is a trusted partner for the journey through ever-shifting regulatory complexity.

Find out more here.

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FactSet (NYSE:FDS | NASDAQ:FDS) delivers superior analytics, service, content, and technology to help more than 66,000 users see and seize opportunity sooner. We are committed to giving investment professionals the edge to outperform, with fresh perspectives, informed insights, and the industry-leading support of our dedicated specialists. We're proud to have been recognized with multiple awards for our analytical and data-driven solutions and as one of Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For and a Best Workplace in the United Kingdom and France.  Subscribe to our thought leadership blog to get fresh insight delivered daily at insight.factset.com. Learn more at www.factset.com and follow on Twitter: www.twitter.com/factset.

 

Company profile

FIS™ is the world's largest global provider dedicated to financial technology solutions. FIS empowers the financial world with software, services, consulting and outsourcing solutions focused on retail and institutional banking, payments, asset and wealth management, risk and compliance, trade enablement, transaction processing and record-keeping. FIS’ more than 53,000 worldwide employees are passionate about moving our clients’ business forward.

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IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO) is a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions for the major industries and markets that drive economies worldwide. The company delivers next-generation information, analytics and solutions to customers in business, finance and government, improving their operational efficiency and providing deep insights that lead to well-informed, confident decisions.

To comply with new regulatory requirements that demand greater scrutiny of risk, firms need more versatile, high-performance analytical tools. Financial Risk Analytics from IHS Markit provides a suite of integrated, scalable and modular solutions for enterprise-wide risk management across a broad range of asset classes and provides a fully interactive interface that allows for dynamic, on-the-fly risk reports, as well as the ability to slice and dice results. By harnessing grid technologies, Financial Risk Analytics can support highly variable computational demands. The flexibility and open structure of the underlying architecture allows users to customize or integrate new models very simply.

https://ihsmarkit.com/products/financial-risk-analytics.html

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MDSL are world leaders in Technology Expense Management Solutions, Market Data Management and related services and partner with enterprises to provide clarity, control, compliance, and cost savings across their global technology estates. Our unified expense management platform encompasses categories such as telecoms, cloud services, the Internet of Things and Financial Market Data. By providing best practice procedures, unparalleled visibility of spend and automating time-consuming processes, MDSL help ensure global digital transformations are smooth, secure and cost-effective.

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Nasdaq's market technology powers more than 250 of the world's market infrastructure organizations and market participants, including broker-dealers, exchanges, clearinghouses, central securities depositories and regulators, in over 50 countries with end-to-end, mission-critical technology solutions.

Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today's global capital markets.

Via our sell-side offerings, Nasdaq offers end-to-end coverage for market participants throughout the entire life cycle of a trade to ensure firms are able to adequately manage their business requirements – from infrastructure and operations to risk management, surveillance and regulatory obligations – in order to re-focus energy on differentiation, growth, innovation and revenue generation.

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Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS) is a leading provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset management and banking to corporations, institutions, affluent families and individuals. Founded in Chicago in 1889, Northern Trust has offices in the United States in 19 states and Washington, D.C., and 23 international locations in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. As of September 30, 2018, Northern Trust had assets under custody/administration of US$10.8 trillion, and assets under management of US$1.1 trillion. For more than 125 years, Northern Trust has earned distinction as an industry leader for exceptional service, financial expertise, integrity and innovation. Visit northerntrust.com or follow us on Twitter @NorthernTrust.

 

Northern Trust Corporation, Head Office: 50 South La Salle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603 U.S.A., incorporated with limited liability in the U.S. Global legal and regulatory information can be found at https://www.northerntrust.com/disclosures.

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Numerix is the leading provider of innovative capital markets technology applications and real-time intelligence capabilities for trading and risk management. Committed to out-of-the box thinking, the exploration and adoption of latest technologies, Numerix is dedicated to driving a more open, fintech oriented, digital financial services market. Built upon a 20+ year analytical foundation of deep practical knowledge, experience and IT understanding, Numerix is uniquely positioned in the financial services ecosystem to help its users reimagine operations, modernize business processes and capture profitability. www.numerix.com

 

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SIX

SIX operates and develops infrastructure services in the Securities & Exchanges, Banking Services and Financial Information business units with the aim of raising efficiency, quality and innovative capacity across the entire value chain of the Swiss financial center. The company is owned by its users (127 banks). With a workforce of some 2,600 employees and a presence in 20 countries, it generated operating income in excess of CHF 1.9 billion and Group net profit of CHF 221.3 million in 2018.

In the Financial Information business unit SIX is a leading global provider with core competencies in reference and regulatory data. With the presence of a local office, this translate to global coverage in order to provide services for the asset management industry and global financial institutions. SIX aggregates financial information directly and in real time from 1,500 sources around the world and thereby covers all key international stock exchanges. Its database includes data and pricing information for more than 27 million instruments. Furthermore, SIX helps compliance professionals meet the challenge of observing the many global economic sanctions not only by simplifying the process of identifying securities but by keeping clients up-to-date as the political and regulatory situation evolves.

www.six-group.com

SIXは、スイスの金融センターのバリューチェーン全体にわたり、効率・品質・革新的な能力の向上を目指し、証券取引所、銀行サービス、および金融情報の各事業部門でインフラストラクチャサービスを開発し運用しています。SIXは127行の銀行を中心とする株主に所有されています。約2,600人の従業員を擁し、20カ国に進出し、2018年の営業利益は19億スイスフランを超え、グループ純利益は2億1,230万スイスフランでした。

SIX Financial Informationは、時価およびレファレンスデータや規制対応データを中核とした金融情報サービスの大手プロバイダーです。世界主要拠点にオフィスを配置し、資産運用業界を中心とした金融業界にサービスを提供するためのカバレッジを誇っています。 SIXは、主要な証券取引所を含む1,500の情報ソースから直接および迅速に財務情報を収集しています。そのデータベースには、2700万以上の商品のデータと価格情報が含まれています。さらに、SIXは、証券を特定するプロセスを簡素化するだけでなく、政治情勢および規制の内容が変化しても、常に提供データを最新の状態に保つことによって、コンプライアンスの専門家が直面するグローバル経済制裁に準拠するという課題の解決に多いに役立っています。

 

Company profile

SmartStream provides Transaction Lifecycle Management (TLM®) solutions and Managed Services to dramatically transform the middle and back-office operations of financial institutions. Over 1,500 clients, including more than 70 of the World's top 100 banks, 8 of the top 10 asset managers, and 8 of the top 10 custodians rely on SmartStream's solutions.

SmartStream delivers greater efficiency, automation and control to critical post trade operations including: Reference Data Operations, Trade Process Management, Confirmations and Reconciliation Management, Corporate Actions Processing, Fees and Invoice Management, Collateral Management, Cash & Liquidity Management and Compliance Solutions. Used independently or as a suite of solutions and services, clients gain a lower cost-per-transaction whilst reducing operational risk, aiding compliance and improving customer service levels.

For more information about SmartStream visit: www.smartstream-stp.com

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Tier1 Financial Solutions is a leader in global relationship management software for the financial services industry. It empowers its clients to increase productivity, reduce relationship risk and enhance customer ROI. Tier1 augments the Salesforce platform with a capital markets grade security engine, coverage management and accelerated web and mobile workflows to support the unique requirements of Capital Markets, Corporate & Investment Banking and Investment Management professionals. Trusted by more than 19,000 users worldwide, its flexible, scalable solutions empower collaboration, transparency and communication across the institutional financial ecosystem. For more information, visit www.tier1fin.com.

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About Tradeweb Markets


Tradeweb Markets Inc. is a leading, global operator of electronic marketplaces for rates, credit, equities and money markets. Founded in 1996, Tradeweb provides access to markets, data and analytics, electronic trading, straight-through-processing and reporting for more than 40 products to clients in the institutional, wholesale and retail markets. Advanced technologies developed by Tradeweb enhance price discovery, order execution and trade workflows while allowing for greater scale and helping to reduce risks in client trading operations. Tradeweb serves approximately 2,500 clients in more than 60 countries. In an average trading day, Tradeweb facilitates more than $540 billion in notional value.