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HFMWeek talks to Karim Ali

May 22, 2013

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Technology has become a recognised requirement for hedge fund best-practice. However, with investors now demanding more from fund managers than ever before, finding the right technology solution has become essential. HFMWeek spoke with Karim Ali, a partner and co-founder at CYMBA Technologies, to find out more.

HFMWEEK (HFM): WHAT ASSET CLASSES DO YOUR CLIENTS USUALLY TRADE ACROSS AND HOW DOES THIS IMPACT THE TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION THEY REQUIRE?

KARIM ALI (KA): Our clients manage and trade strategies which span both ends of the asset class spectrum, from listed to unlisted, simple to complex. Thus their need for a robust and cross-asset class technological platform becomes even more acute, as does the need to seamlessly integrate with a wide range of data and liquidity sources. Bi-directional flow with multiple execution destinations to support this asset class mixture is also extremely important to the overall front office operation. The openness and architecture of our Athena platform, coupled with its myriad of application programming interfaces (APIs), lends itself very well to this level of integration and provides our clients with a truly scalable platform on which to build out their future operational business requirements.

HFM: TO WHAT EXTENT DO REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS AFFECT HOW SOFTWARE IS USED AND IMPLEMENTED?

KA: As the global regulatory landscape evolves through initiatives such as the AIFMD, Dodd-Frank and Ucits, our pre- and post-trade compliance and reporting modules have enabled our clients to strengthen existing rules as well as constructing new ones, add new legislative libraries and build new reports which provide the transparency the industry and regulators are now demanding. The fastpaced changes within the compliance industry, especially within the structured products and derivatives family, demands software to be agile, robust and extensible – all of which needs to be delivered rapidly and economically.

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About CYMBA Technologies

CYMBA Technologies is a supplier of Trading solutions for both the buy-side and sell-side of the investment management community. Its Athena Investment Management Solution provides multi-asset class decision support, order generation, compliance, real time P&L, order and execution management. The Athena IMS is available as a fully integrated application suite and is deployed on an ASP or Enterprise Model. CYMBA Technologies solutions are used by some of the world’s largest investment management firms.