2016 Categories & Nominees

Best Buy-Side Operations Solution

This award will recognize the IT solution, systems, innovation or service that exemplifies the best that a provider has to offer for buy-side firms as they strive for operational excellence. The winning offering can be a standalone product or service or part of a suite.

Best Clearing & Settlement Solution

The voters will be rewarding the solution provider that has achieved a level of excellence via innovation for the clearing and settlement of market transactions. In addition to the established providers, the voters will consider those vendors breaking ground for new financial instruments and the latest regulatory changes.

Best Client Reporting Solution

This award honors the provider that has advanced the complex process of client reporting. The winner will demonstrate that it has improved the customization, look, and feel, and delivery of reports for many kinds of clients and portfolios. The award also recognizes progress in automating reports, managing source data, monitoring the status of productions, and clarity in performance reporting.

Best Client Services Solution

The proper care of client starts with the best on-boarding process, which involves flawless know your customer (KYC) data and support. Ongoing customer care is also essential and customer relationship management (CRM) systems can help firms better serve their clients. This award will focus attention on the provider that advances optimal treatment of market participants.

Best Collateral Management Solution

Financial services firms have had to comply with an onslaught of collateral and margining regulations that are creating workflows that stretch across front, middle and back offices. To alleviate the burdens of the new rules, providers are creating and updating solutions to help firms optimize the oversight of collateral and margining. This award will focus on the provider that has done the most to help firms prevail over an upheaval in a major securities operation.

Best Consultancy for Operations

This honor is for the consultancy that has distinguished itself via achievements such as successful operational IT implementations, accredited and noted research, or consulting services that helped clients advance against competitors.

Best Corporate Actions Processing Solution

Corporate actions processing continues to advance and this award spotlights the provider that has incorporated industry standards, advanced automation, data management, ESG data, and emerging technologies. The winner in this category will have helped its clients move closer to automation and streamlined processing.

Best Cutting-Edge Solution

This award recognizes the industry participant that has successfully developed innovative financial technology solutions for middle- and back-office post-trade operations. Eligible areas of consideration include advanced cloud-native services, hybrids of legacy and cutting-edge IT, a groundbreaking offering that eliminates manual processes, and new Ops-focused products that break the mold.

Best Cybersecurity Solution

The infrastructure of cyberspace has become a key operational concern for financial services firms because so much of what they do relies upon it. This award will give the spotlight to a provider that is helping firms fend off cyber threats and hazards, and helping them to fix vulnerabilities that might allow hackers to steal information and money, and/or commit banking and financial fraud.

Best Derivatives Operations Solution

Derivatives operations have gotten complicated and this award cites the provider that has stood above its competitors in achieving excellence via superior services and solutions that greatly improve operations for processing listed and/or over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives.

Best Enterprise Data Management Solution

The judges will reward the provider that has successfully applied effective data management capabilities that ease middle- and back-office operations, including innovations that that facilitate straight through processing (STP).

Best Investment Book of Record (IBOR) Solution

Investment Book of Record (IBOR) solutions have helped increase operational efficiency across the front, middle and back office. This award recognizes the lead IBOR provider.

Best Middle-Office Solution

The middle office plays an important role in optimizing operations across the enterprise. The winner in this category will be chosen from among the ranks of middle-office operations providers that offer IT resource management services, risk management, risk data analytics, client and security master database support, and services for the coding, configuration, and verification of trades.

Best Middle-to-Back-Office Integration Solution

The middle and back-offices are no longer autonomous groups existing independently of each other. They are linked by multiple operations serving multiple assets. This award will spotlight the Ops offering that helps firm facilitate more efficient integration between middle- and back-office applications, particularly IT innovations that eliminate manual systems, legacy solutions and pave the way for operational efficiency.

Best New Post-Trade Solution for the Buy Side

This distinction focuses attention on the buy-side solution launched during the past year that brings innovation to middle- or back-office functions. The systems to be considered should help the buy side meet crucial operational efficiency demands. New offerings for consideration can come from established providers or newcomers to the industry.

Best Operational Risk Management Solution

Operational risk permeates everything that a financial services firm does, including securities trading and all the steps needed to complete a transaction. This award will go to the provider that has shown the most creativity in mitigating operational risk whether it is related to onboarding and KYC challenges, reputational concerns, margining and collateral management woes, data mismanagement, disaster recovery/business continuity, corporate governance, and other issues that may hamper operations.

Best Ops Data Management Solution

Managing data to get the most out of it for securities operations is an ongoing challenge for all financial services firms. Data that is optimized will yield multiple benefits for current efforts and beyond. This honor is for the provider that has demonstrated that it can help firms derive the most value from their clean data, and pave the way for greater advancements to come.

Best Outsourcing Provider

Outsourcing plays a key role for many facets of securities operations. This category honors the provider that offers valuable, reliable, cost-effective and efficient outsourced services to the buy side. The winner in this category will be honored for offering the highest levels of reliability, security and adaptability, and for demonstrating capabilities for rapid implementations and flexible consumer models.

Best Performance Measurement and Attribution System

This category spotlights the performance measurement solution provider that offers systems for exemplary calculation of returns for portfolios (benchmarks and composites); calculation of attribution effects for equity and fixed-income portfolios; and calculation of ex-post risk, absolute and relative.

Best Pricing or Valuation Solution

Firms are under pressure to implement a wide range of new regulatory requirements. Suppliers need to provide more support for transparency, optimal valuation controls, enhanced risk and better infrastructure options. This award will recognize the service supplier that offers: the broadest product coverage; partners that contribute pricing; excellent methodology; and specific features for the buy side.

Best Reconciliation Solution

Reconciliation for securities operations has been the focus of a lot of energy over the past five years. The result is a wider range of opportunities available for firms looking for effective solutions. This category is an opportunity for the industry to reward the solution provider offering an innovative approach that yields great results and support, and helps firms reallocate resources to their advantage.

Best Regulatory Compliance Solution

This award is for the supplier that delivers distinguished offerings to help clients meet their regulatory responsibilities for equities, fixed income, derivative instruments and more. The award targets the offering that does the best job of meeting the demands of regulators, anti-money laundering laws, and the latest domestic and international economic sanctions of governmental authorities.

FinTech Person of the Year

This award will recognize a behind-the-scenes individual who has been highly effective in advancing a major financial technology issue impacting the industry. The person to be honored has devoted much time and effort toward proliferating a new standard, a key technology initiative, a regulatory-related project or a technology breakthrough that benefits the industry. The winner in this category must show that he or she can work across the aisle with business executives and staff.

Ops Businessperson of the Year

This award honors an executive-level individual who has advanced the cause of financial technology innovation from the business side of the aisle. The winner of this award can be from a solutions provider, an end-user firm, or related consultancy committed to improving securities operations for financial services firms. The winner must demonstrate that he or she has effectively worked with IT managers and operations staff.

Service Provider of the Year

The Service Provider of the Year will be celebrated for advancing the delivery of service, extraordinary client support, new synergies with key market participants and extraordinary leadership in the industry. The winner in this category must be able to show that it boosted the fortunes of its clients.

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