DUBLIN (30 November , 2016) — AQMetrics Limited is a Global RegTech company with headquarters in Ireland. On the 29 November, 2016, AQMetrics was named ‘Best compliance product for small and start up (Hedge Fund) firms’ at the HFM European Hedge Fund Technology Awards.
The 2016 European Hedge Fund Technology Awards recognized and rewarded IT and software providers serving the hedge fund sector that have demonstrated exceptional customer service and innovative product development during 2016.
According to CEO Geraldine Gibson, the award endorses the service model at AQMetrics, which is to use smart technology to build out effective and efficient risk and compliance tools for clients combined with a strong team of people. “We deliver first-class integrated risk and compliance technology solutions to big and small firms alike. Fundamentally that’s what clients are looking for from their risk and compliance solutions, an on demand utility that scales when a customer requires scale,” states Gibson.
Being able to deliver the same software to both small and large firms, in tandem with a robust service model, is bearing fruit. According to Gibson, a big chunk of AQMetrics new customers – over 40 per cent – have come from small and startup hedge funds over the last 18 months.
“As larger firms continue to invest heavily in technology, smaller firms are increasingly finding it difficult to deal with the demands of financial regulators. This is because they have to manage their growth in line with a raft of new and emerging regulations. When we came in to the industry in 2012 we had the advantage of building the business using new technology,” says Gibson. This has made it easier for AQMetrics to adapt to the changing regulatory demands that hedge funds face today.
Moreover, AQMetrics does not rely on an outsource model. By building proprietary technology in Ireland and hiring really smart people globally, it gives AQMetrics the opportunity to add value in terms of both risk management and compliance challenges.
“We don’t have layers of people. Our customers and the regulators are our product managers, which means that each client and regulator has a direct impact on the evolution of AQMetrics products. That helps to further differentiate us from our competitors,” suggests Gibson.
“We continue to focus on evolving our solution set for clients. That has meant continuing to develop risk analytics and regulatory reporting. In the past year, we’ve focused on our risk management capabilities. In addition, we are working on building out our MiFIDII services,” says Steve Barnes, VP of Technology.