Middle Office of the Year

   European Middle Office
of the Year
 cadis_200.jpg Judges were impressed by the client list and testimonials offered by Cadis. The firm counts Hermes Fund Managers, the manager of the British Telecom pension scheme, and F&C Investments among clients for its enterprise data management suite. The firm specialises in systems for buy-side institutions and its systems are designed to give fund managers greater control over data, which in turn should improve efficiencies and lower operational costs. At F&C, Cadis helped deal with the problem of two separate back-office systems feeding two separate front-office systems. The firm was also able to demonstrate growth through the opening of a New York office in September this year.  
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Also shortlisted ...  Comada (Special Commendation)
This hedge fund middle-office provider has bridged the gap between poor operational infrastructure in the hedge fund world and the stringent requirements of institutions such as pension schemes. Counting Gottex Fund Managers among its clients, Comada is using its MATshare product to replace the use of spreadsheets as a risk control tool at fund of hedge fund firms with a better technology architecture. This in turn allows the fund houses to scale their business. Judges recognised this as a major necessity within the institutional hedge fund world, and so Comada was given a special commendation. FactSet
FactSet, through the acquisition of Derivative Solutions, has expanded beyond equity analytics and now offers fixed-income portfolio analytic tools too. Judges recognised the acquisition and integration as a positive development in portfolio analytics, with two major assets classes now accessible in one place.

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