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Connamara Systems Rebuilds Exchange Platform
Connamara Systems has rebuilt its exchange matching engine to deliver Exchange Platform 3 (EP3), which can be deployed in a private, public or hybrid cloud environment. EP3 supports small-to-midsize exchanges running a variety of asset classes under different regulatory regimes.
The company has developed the platform over 11 years, working with exchanges and market participants to create a flexible tool. Jim Downs, CEO of Connamara Systems, says the company’s mission is to make sure technology is not a barrier to entry for any company looking to disrupt and innovate markets.
MiFIR Data in a No-Deal Brexit World – Learn More at the DMI Summit 2019
The impact of a no-deal Brexit on data requirements under MiFIR is becoming clearer – and the implications are serious. While the L1 and L2 level MiFIR regulations will remain largely unchanged, the MiFIR data reporting landscape across the EU after a no-deal Brexit will change significantly in operational terms.
Mateusz Hojda of the Business Reporting – Advisory Group will be discussing key issues that require immediate attention in a panel on ‘Reviewing the regulatory landscape and impact of Brexit: The data management response’ at the Data Management Summit 2019 on March 21. Register now and secure your place.
Investors Bank Selects Wolters Kluwer’s OneSumX for Regulatory Reporting
Investors Bank, a New Jersey institution with 151 branches and around $25 billion in assets, has chosen Wolters Kluwer’s OneSumX solution for regulatory reporting. OneSumX for Regulatory Reporting is set up to use a single source of data to ensure consistency, reconciliation and accuracy and includes Wolters Kluwer’s Regulatory Update Service, which actively monitors regulation across 30 jurisdictions. “We wanted to take a more strategic approach when it came to our regulatory reporting obligations and says searching for an integrated platform, allowing for regulatory reporting automation,” commented Sean Burke, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Investors Bank.
Central Bancompany Chooses Wolters Kluwer for Change Management
Missouri’s Central Bancompany has chosen to implement Wolters Kluwer’s regulatory change management solution across its 13 affiliate banks. OneSumX for Regulatory Change Management tracks regulatory changes and maps them to specific lines of business, providing enhanced risk and controls assessment. Central Bancompany also uses Wolters Kluwers’ OneSumX Risk and Controls Assessment to manage its enterprise compliance risk. “Adding these solutions gives us immediate transparency and connectivity into the array of regulatory rules and developments impacting our business, and allows us to respond in a coordinated, compliant manner,” says Shannon Thomason, Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer at Central Bancompany.
Beam Raises Seed Funding for New Compliance Venture
Former Facebook and Paypal executives including Ben Duranske, former Facebook Chief Compliance Officer, have raised $9 million in Series A funding for Beam Solutions, a transaction monitoring platform designed to tackle financial crime and money laundering. The funding round was led by Greycroft Ventures and Canaan, while other investors included Broadhaven, Conversion Capital, Plug and Play and Slow Ventures; and Silicon Valley Bank also provided a $2 million debt facility.
Beam uses machine learning and new data sources to offer compliance software for fintechs, banks, broker-dealers, entities utilizing blockchain, and other regulated financial groups. Its API-based SaaS platform promises to help customers reduce false positives, meet AML and KYC requirements and maximise compliance resources.
RecordSure Partners with KPMG to Enter Australia
UK-based data management provider RecordSure has joined up with KPMG Australia to deliver its customer trust and transparency solutions to Australian financial institutions. RecordSure uses AI and machine learning to capture data from customer interactions in order to improve regulatory compliance: including the use of analytics and automation tools to record and transpose speech to text, review documents such as emails and live chat and analyses the resulting data. As the Australian implementation provider, KPMG will deliver Recordsure to clients within its existing suite of risk and business transformation capabilities.
Beeks Financial Cloud Partners BeQuant Exchange
In a partnership facilitated by Equinix, Beeks Financial Cloud will host cryptocurrency exchange BeQuant’s matching engine on Beeks’ network within the Equinix LD4 data centre in London. . Operating in nine Equinix data centres, Beeks provides ultra-low latency hosting and connectivity. CEO of Beeks Financial Cloud, says: “The cryptocurrency market is constantly expanding, and by adding exchanges such as BeQuant to our portfolio, Beeks is able to facilitate access to these markets for our customers. Guaranteeing that no customer will have greater access speed than another is a unique offering and we are delighted to announce this partnership with BeQuant.”
Gluskin Sheff + Associates Selects Broadridge Investment Management Platform
Wealth manager Gluskin Sheff + Associates has enlisted the help of Broadridge Financial Services to implement the latter’s hosted investment management platform and gain access to order management, compliance and data analytics capabilities. Jeff Moody, president and executive officer at Gluskin Sheff, says working with Broadridge allows the firm to pursue and execute growth opportunities with technology rather than increased headcount. The firm selected Broadridge Financial Services’ solution after ensuring it would provide exceptional service for its client base. Going forward, Gluskin Sheff plans to use Broadridge’s platform to optimise workflows and automation across an increasing set of asset classes.
AkinovA Marketplace Selects Trading Technology from Aquis
AkinovA has selected Aquis Technologies, the financial and regulatory technology arm of Aquis Exchange, to provide part of its marketplace technology stack. AkinovA and Aquis have already developed specific functionalities and services for use in AkinovA’s electronic marketplace for the transfer and trading of (re)insurance risks, and AkinovA is incorporating Aquis solutions including the vendor’s matching engine and surveillance system. Assistance in the post-trade environment will involve reporting and a first line surveillance service.
AkinovA selected Aquis for its cutting-edge technology, desire to innovate and range of solutions and services.
Castle Island Ventures Leads $1.9 million Investment in CoinMetrics
Coin Metrics, a provider of crypto asset market and network data, has closed a $1.9 million seed round of venture funding. Castle Island Ventures led the financing, with participation from Fidelity Investments, Highland Capital Partners and Dragonfly Capital. Tim Rice, co-founding CEO of CoinMetrics, says: “Our approach to aggregating crypto asset market data will use the guiding principles from the IOSCO Financial Benchmarks. We intend to bridge the wild west crypto market data world by translating fair value measurements, similar to FASB 157, and providing a credible confidence level assessment of fair value pricing for any particular market.”