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Fenergo Raises €66 Million

Irish regulatory compliance firm Fenergo has raised €66 million in investment, according to documents filed with the Companies and Registration Office. The firm is believed to have raised the financing by selling shares to CSC Computer Science Holdings, an affiliate of US-based DXC Technology. DXC General Manager Edward Ho has joined Fenergo as a Director, according to a separate filing made by the company.

Fenergo recorded sales of €57.7 million and a pre-tax profit of €2.6 million for the year ended March 2018.

Claudia Rodriguez Joins Pega

Digital transformation specialist Pega Systems has appointed Claudia Rodriguez as inclusion and diversity (I&D) leader, based out of the company’s Cambridge, Mass. headquarters. Her role will focus on creating I&D talent management initiatives with a focus on talent attraction, development, engagement, and retention. She was most recently senior manager of inclusion and diversity in Accenture’s Global Center of Expertise.

Financial Machineries Makes Three Strategic Appointments

Financial Machineries, a provider of data lineage, sourcing, digital rights management and commercialisation of contributed market data, has appointed Keiren Harris, Frank Verstraeten and Daniel Muri to its team. They bring industry experience, regional insight, and networks of professional contacts from across APAC and continental Europe to the company, which is accelerating its ambition to become a strategic partner to globally systematic important banks (G-SIBS) creating data. Financial Machineries helps banks control the IP of their data, cut costs of data operations, and transform publishing processes to to drive commercialisation while remaining within regulatory bounds.

Refinitiv names William Leahey as Head of Regulatory Compliance for Wealth Management

Refinitiv has appointed William Leahey as head of regulatory compliance for wealth management. In this role, Leahey will lead all regulatory activities for the wealth management business, identifying key regulatory developments, risks and initiatives for customers.

Before joining Refinitiv, Leahey was vice president and assistant general counsel of the operations and technology group at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). Prior to joining SIFMA, Leahey spent five years in the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA’s) market regulation department developing and implementing high yield market surveillance tools and managing FINRA’s coverage of NYSE rules.

Leahey joins a team of compliance and regulatory professionals at Refinitiv and will engage with regulatory bodies, customers, industry groups, key partners and industry leaders to ensure regulators hear the voices of Refinitiv’s customers when making rules and providing regulatory guidance.

Ascent RegTech Hires New CEO

Ascent RegTech on April 15 announced the hiring of Arbela Takhsh as Chief Operating Officer. Arbela has held various engineering and operational leadership roles at Motorola, Google, Comcast, and most recently as Senior Vice President of Operations Excellence, Quality, and Data Analytics & Business Intelligence at Gogo. The Ascent team has grown rapidly since the company’s inception in 2015, and following a successful $6 million Series A round in 2018. Within the past year, the team has grown to over 35 full-time employees, and clients/relationships now include ING, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Wells Fargo Accelerator and others.

DTCC Adds Three New Members to Board of Directors

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), a provider of post-trade infrastructure for the global financial services industry, on April 9, 2019 announced the election of three new members to DTCC’s Board of Directors during the firm’s Annual Shareholders Meeting. The new directors are Kieran Hanrahan from JP Morgan Chase’s Corporate and Investment Bank, Graeme McEvoy from Morgan Stanley, and Joseph Noto from Barclays.

Alex Ceponkus Joins Exiger

Global regulatory and financial crime, risk and compliance company Exiger has named Alex Ceponkus as Senior Vice President and Global Head of Software Engineering of Exiger Tech, based in Toronto. Ceponkus’ new role will be to drive innovation, scale and delivery of Exiger’s technology solutions and increase the reach of its product suite (including its AI-powered RegTech solutions, DDIQ and Insight 3PM). Ceponkus brings with him two decades of experience in software engineering, and is known for scaling international engineering organizations during periods of rapid growth. He was formerly Senior Manager at Blackberry and prior to that, Engineering Leader for BBM via Canada’s CMW Social Networking.

SmartStream Technologies Forms New Team

Transaction Lifecycle Management solutions provider SmartStream this week announced a new strategic focus in line with the new FSA (now PRA) rules governing liquidity management for UK and foreign branches. In response to the new regulations, SmartStream has appointed Nadeem Shamim to lead cash and liquidity management solutions globally. Prior to SmartStream, Shamim was Managing Director responsible for corporate treasury solutions at Standard Chartered Bank. Previous to this he was at JP Morgan as Head of Financial Institutions Group EMEA, Treasury Services, focusing on regulations and cash management. Shamim will report into Vincent Kilcoyne, Head of Product Management at SmartStream.

RIMES Appoints Andrew Barnett as New Global Head of Product Strategy

RIMES Technologies, a provider of managed data and RegTech services for the financial sector, has appointed Andrew Barnett as its Global Head of Product Strategy. Barnett will bring to bear his extensive experience in both the end-user and vendor sides of the market to help RIMES continue its growth trajectory. Barnett has previously held a range of product, sales and data roles for companies including Charles River Development, Aviva/Friends Life Investments and IHS Markit/Cadis. Andrew joins RIMES from Legal & General Investment Management, where he held the position of Chief Data Officer.

Dash Names Venu Palaparthi as Chief Compliance Officer

US-based Dash Financial Technologies, which provides multi-asset trading technology and execution services platforms, has appointed Venu Palaparthi as its new Chief Compliance officer. Palaparthi has held senior roles at several major firms including Tagomi, Virtu, Nasdaq and Instinet. He is the latest senior hire for Dash over the last 12 months, including last June’s hiring of Glenn Lesko – former Bloomberg Tradebook CEO and Instinet Asia CEO – as Chief Growth Officer. Dash now trades close to 15% of the US options market and is growing its equities business.