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A-Team Innovation Awards 2021 Award Winners

March 2022


Congratulations to the winners of the A-Team Innovation Awards 2021 and thank you to everyone who voted.

The A-Team Innovation Awards celebrate innovative projects and teams across the vendor and practitioner communities that make use of new and emerging technologies to deliver high-value solutions for financial institutions in capital markets.

We know that times have been challenging this year, but we wanted to brighten things up by celebrating those innovative ideas and approaches that we’ve seen in these unusual circumstances and that continue to drive our markets forwards.

Angela Wilbraham, CEO at A-Team Group said: “Congratulations to all the winners of the 2021 A-Team Innovation Awards. It has been fascinating to see so many varied entries reflecting the sheer creativeness of companies and solutions available to help solve today’s data and technology challenges in capital markets.”

We’d also like to thank our prestigious advisory board for its invaluable contribution to these awards by helping shape the categories and reviewing the winners in collaboration with our A-Team Group Editors.

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A selection of videos from some of our happy winners.

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Most innovative AI / NLP / Machine learning initiative for post-trade - SmartStream

SmartStream is a recognised leader in financial transaction management solutions that enable firms to improve operational control, reduce costs, build new revenue streams, mitigate risk and comply accurately with the regulators. By helping its customers through their transformative digital strategies, SmartStream provides a range of solutions for the transaction lifecycle with AI and machine learning technologies embedded – which can be deployed in the cloud or as managed services. As a result, more than 2,000 clients – including 70 of the world’s top 100 banks, rely on SmartStream Transaction Lifecycle Management (TLM®) solutions to deliver greater efficiency to their operations.

Most innovative AI / NLP / Machine learning initiative for pre-trade - LIST

LIST is a leading financial technology provider to the global trading community, including trading venues, market makers, brokers, asset managers, risk managers and compliance officers. LIST’s innovative turnkey products and delivery, driven by customers’ needs, together with a skilled and determined young team play a key role in supporting successful business growth in today’s volatile times. Continuous innovation and client partnerships around the globe have built trust and reliance on LIST’s unique real-time and data analytics capabilities.

Most innovative conduct risk / SMCR / Know Your Employee (KYE) / staff surveillance project - MCO MyComplianceOffice

MyComplianceOffice provides compliance management software that enables companies around the world to reduce their risk of misconduct. Our powerful platform lets compliance professionals demonstrate they are proactively managing the regulated activities of employees, third-party vendors and other agents of the firm. Available as a unified suite or à la carte, our easy-to-use and extensible SaaS-based solutions get clients up and running quickly and cost-efficiently.

Most innovative Covid-19 response - SS&C Algorithmics

SS&C Algorithmics empowers financial services firms to manage exposures across a wide range of risk categories including market risk, credit risk, asset liability management, liquidity risk, economic capital and regulatory capital. Solutions incorporate sophisticated models and analytics and utilize modern technologies to deliver both the high performance and the superior user experience necessary to meet today’s demanding business requirements.

Most innovative data governance initiative - Solidatus

Solidatus empowers organisations to effectively map, manage and monetise their key asset – data. Businesses across the world are dealing with complex data points and the lineagefirst approach championed by Solidatus offers up to 90% efficiency savings over traditional methods. Clients, including top-tier global financial, pharmaceutical and consulting firms, are using the software to visualise and understand their data estate, taking advantage of the ability to track data through their enterprise to drive business intelligence, digital transformation and regulatory compliance.

Most innovative data orchestration for regulatory reporting - IHS Markit

Global Regulatory Reporting from IHS Markit (NYSE: INFO) provides regulatory reporting, best execution analysis and business intelligence solutions that meet the fast-evolving needs of over 400+ buy and sell side clients. Our cross-jurisdiction compliance platform fully automates the reporting process and provides a comprehensive view on a single, intuitive dashboard for reporting regimes in Europe such as EMIR, MiFID, SFTR, RTS 27/8 as well as global regimes such as CFTC, Canadian reporting, ASIC, MA.S

Most innovative data privacy by design - Arctic Intelligence

Arctic Intelligence is a multi-award winning global RegTech firm that transforms how enterprise risk assessments are performed to protect businesses and society from financial crime matters such as anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and corruption, sanctions, fraud with more risk domains to come. The vision is to take what is often a laborious, manual process, into a dynamic fully automated, real-time assessment that that will generate analytical risk scores and create reports to evidence and defend those results. This gives you a comprehensive understanding of your risks and provides you with the reporting and analytics to demonstrate your compliance.
Arctic is well on the way to achieving this goal, with current solutions that aggregate and report risk outcomes across business units and risk areas in real-time. Solutions are affordable and designed by industry experts for industry experts.

Most innovative data quality initiative - Data Virtuality

Data Virtuality is a data integration solution provider that enables modern architectures by uniquely combining data virtualization and SQL based ETL. This hybrid approach gives financial institutions the flexibility and agility to meet the increasing regulatory and business requirements. Built on top of the existing system, organizations benefit from high data quality, 5-times faster time-to-market, and total cost savings of up to 80%. The international customer base includes Crédit Agricole, Vontobel, and PGGM.

Most innovative data standards initiative - ANNA/GLEIF

Established in 1992 by 22 founding numbering agencies, ANNA is the membership organisation of national numbering agencies, which are operated by depositories, exchanges, government agencies, nationally central data vendors and other financial infrastructure organisations. ANNA also serves as the registration authority for the ISIN and FISN standards, under appointment by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Under ANNA’s stewardship, ISINs are issued today more than 200 jurisdictions worldwide.

The Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) is a not-for-profit organization established by the Financial Stability Board in June 2014 to support the implementation and use of the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) globally. GLEIF services ensure the operational integrity of the Global LEI System. GLEIF also makes available the technical infrastructure to provide, via an open data license, access to the full global LEI repository free of charge to users. GLEIF is overseen by the LEI Regulatory Oversight Committee, which is made up of representatives of public authorities from across the globe. GLEIF has obtained the ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 certification for its Partnership Program Services to the LEI issuing organizations (LOUs). GLEIF is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland. and

Most innovative entity data hierarchies approach - West Highland Support Services

West Highland Support Services has a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry for over 20 years. Bringing together strong technical, administration and business experience allows us to achieve cost savings and process improvements for our customers whilst also providing enhanced 24-hour support. With offices in New York, Connecticut and London we leverage our industry and client experience to provide a best practice approach to our Market Data engagements.

Most innovative financial technology executive - Michael Pusateri, CEO and Founder, Siepe

Siepe is a leading provider of innovative and cost-effective financial data and technology solutions for complex decision making and workflow management. Through its intuitive managed platform, firms are able to integrate institutional best practices across technology, services and operational processes. Siepe’s cloud-based solutions suite offers flexible front, middle and back-office components that can stand alone or integrate with other systems. Siepe’s seasoned experts ensure agile and seamless end-to-end implementation and offer continuous support and guidance. Siepe has demonstrated success across the investment management industry, assisting emerging managers to more complex, mature hedge funds in reducing operational risks, enhancing workflow processes, and driving competitive advantages.

Most innovative KYC investigation & due diligence - Enveil ZeroReveal

Enveil is a pioneering data security company protecting Data in Use for secure data search, sharing, and collaboration. The company’s business-enabling and privacy-preserving capabilities protect data while it’s being used – the ‘holy grail’ of data encryption. Powered by homomorphic encryption, Enveil ZeroReveal® allows financial institutions to securely derive insights, cross-match, and search third-party data assets without ever revealing the contents of the search itself or compromising the security or ownership of the underlying data.

Most innovative operational resilience / business continuity initiative - Truphone for Finance

Truphone believes that connectivity can be easier, smarter and more efficient. Since 2006, we have built state of the art SIM software, intuitive management platforms and a powerful global network to make this a reality.

Every day, our technicians engineer better connections between things, people and business to make the world smarter. Headquartered in London, we have 16 offices across four continents and continue to expand globally.

Most innovative supply chain risk management / Know Your Vendor initiative - La Meer

La Meer Inc. is a Silicon Valley California based Regtech that offers the GRACE suite of cloud based web-tablet-mobile solutions for worldwide financial institutions for Enterprise GRC, Compliance management, Client management for Reg BI, Trade monitoring, KYC/AML monitoring, IT GRC, Vendor Risk, SM&CR and Operational Due Diligence.

Most innovative trade & transaction reporting initiative - UnaVista - An LSEG business

UnaVista, an LSEG business, part of our Post Trade offering, is a regulated platform that helps clients meet their reporting compliance obligations and reduce operational and regulatory risk through reporting, reference data and analytics solutions. UnaVista helps thousands of firms reporting more than 13 billion transactions annually for global regulations, including SFTR, EMIR and MiFID II. UnaVista also helps firms make more from their data, with analytics that help improve data quality assurance and provides peer-topeer analytics.

Most innovative trade surveillance solution - OneTick

OneMarketData (aka OneTick) is a leading provider of software solutions for the financial industry. Built by Wall Street experts, the OneTick suite of products is an enterprise-wide tick data capture and storage solution offering analytical modelling tools, global history across equities and futures markets and reference data. In 2015, OneMarketData acquired Tick Data, LLC, the first and leading provider of historical intraday market data, to marry the industry’s most powerful analytics platform with the cleanest, most reliable historical intraday data available.

Most innovative trading infrastructure monitoring approach - West Highland Support Services

West Highland Support Services has a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry for over 20 years. Bringing together strong technical, administration and business experience allows us to achieve cost savings and process improvements for our customers whilst also providing enhanced 24-hour support. With offices in New York, Connecticut and London we leverage our industry and client experience to provide a best practice approach to our Market Data engagements.