Project Description

Swiss asset manager accelerates business agility with one data platform for the entire investment lifecycle

GAIN ensures streamlined pre-trade (research) and post-trade operations (front-to-back) as well as consistent investment data across the functions of the investment management activities

The client is a leading asset manager established over 40 years ago with some 270 institutional clients and assets under management of EUR 15.3bn. The asset manager firmly believes downside protection and return asymmetry are the drivers of long-term performance for their clients. This philosophy is embedded in all their investment strategies: Equities, Alternatives, Private Assets and Multi Asset Solutions.

With half of their assets managed through segregated mandates, the client has a proven capability of understanding their clients’ objectives and designing strategies tailored to their needs. the client’s areas of investment expertise allow them to build customised solutions that fit within the usual buckets of institutional investors’ asset allocation. With 200 employees from over 20 nationalities, the firm is headquartered in Geneva and has offices in major financial centers around the world, including Zurich, London, New York, Paris, Singapore, Toronto and Montreal.

GAIN acts as a central EDM platform in front of client’s investment management system SimCorp Dimension, to strengthen its front, middle and back office operations across the investment lines. GAIN facilitates the process of streamlining its data management activities across the whole strategy lifecycle. Integrated on a single GAIN EDM platform, the client uses 3 of the business applications from GAIN – Security Master, Portfolio Pricing, Corporate Actions, – to deliver consistent and full reference data management across the research, trading, risk, compliance and operational functions of its investment management activities.

A Director & Chief Project Officer at the client, comments: “Part of an ambitious project supporting our company’s growth, it was imperative to establish a solid foundation to streamline our data activities across the whole strategy lifecycle, from research to production. The implementation of one centralized EDM solution is aligned with our strategy, which aims at focusing our resources on core business. This is the first phase of a wider adoption of GAIN within our company, and the project team is now working on phase two of its roll-out.”

“It was imperative to establish a solid foundation to streamline our data activities across the whole strategy lifecycle.”

A Director & Chief Project Officer at the client

Data quality issues generate unnecessary complications in trades or portfolio rebalancing activities because the data is not fit-for-usage for a particular process when it is required, causing a lot of headaches, rework, communication overhead, rollback and rebookings of transactions. This usually leads to increasing operational, reputational and regulatory risks for investment management firms.

In order to solve these issues a “data quality firewall” is required that detects these issues upfront and solves them, before they have an impact on the firm’s operations. With GAIN, firms are provided with a consistent set of quality data across all systems they must utilize for efficient, accurate operations. By addressing problems upfront, they are solving a multitude of challenges before they actually occur. Further, every decision is auditable – whether that step is automated or an identified exception – so that any question that is asked by clients, regulators, or internal auditors can be answered quickly and accurately.

The client is now actively leveraging our combined business applications to maximize its operational efficiency and capture global growth opportunities. By having investment reference data combined on one centralised platform, the investment manager is well positioned for future requirements and has an important competitive differentiator.

AIM Software is the only vendor to combine a modern EDM platform with productized applications supporting data management. The business applications have deep configuration capabilities and continuous enrichment of functionality for the benefit of all users. For SimCorp Dimension’s users, it is developed in conjunction with Simcorp and is delivered as a fully integrated module of the Simcorp solution.

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