By establishing strategic partnerships and expanding its regional offices, SimCorp has strengthened its presence in the Asia-Pacific region.
SimCorp has strengthened its presence in Asia-Pacific through strategic partnerships aimed at accelerating growth in the region and the ramping up of regional delivery centers to provide around-the-clock service to Software as a Service (SaaS) clients.
According to Edward Bee, Managing Director for SimCorp in the APAC region, the investment management industry is currently experiencing significant internationalization. Many of the region’s institutional investors are gradually increasing their allocations to foreign capital markets and diversifying across various asset classes.
“APAC is a highly fragmented growth market, and the level of maturity in the investment management industry varies significantly from one country to another. Additionally, each country has its unique regulatory environment and distinct characteristics,” says Bee.
In order to cater to these diverse market environments and enhance its market presence and ability to provide investment management solutions in the region, SimCorp has forged strategic partnerships with carefully selected local partners in key markets.
Artega has made a solid start, successfully onboarding our initial clients, and we are quite optimistic about the future.
Managing Director for SimCorp in APAC
New partnership in Japan
In Japan, SimCorp has now signed a partnership agreement with the Japanese IT services company NS Solutions Corporation. SimCorp will collaborate with NS Solutions Corporation to offer comprehensive support to clients in the investment management industry.
This support will include the introduction of SimCorp's solutions, followed by their seamless implementation and maintenance.
"We have a high level of confidence in NS Solutions Corporation as the ideal partner, given their strong reputation and trustworthiness within the market. They are exceptionally well-suited to facilitate the delivery of the SimCorp investment management platform and assist Japanese investment managers in future-proofing their operations," says Bee.
Joint venture successfully onboards first clients
In 2022, SimCorp and an Australian investment management firm Challenger teamed up to create a new strategic joint venture called Artega Investment Administration. Artega offers technology-driven services for investment management, including front, middle and back-office services to investment managers and asset owners in Australia and Asia.
Artega is powered by SimCorp’s full technology and service stack, including Data Management, Client Communications as well as Investment Accounting Services.
“Artega has made a solid start, successfully onboarding our initial clients. Artega expands SimCorp’s total market and makes us able to offer our solutions to investment managers that did not necessarily have the scale and size for the SimCorp platform. We are quite optimistic about the future for Artega,” says Bee
In this video, David Mackaway, the CEO of Artega Investment Administration, explains how Artega makes clients' lives easier and why it is important to have local partners.
Ramping up in regional offices
As part of its strategy to evolve to a full-scale Software as a Service (SaaS) company, SimCorp has significantly ramped up its operations in APAC in recent years by opening offices in Manila, The Philippines, and Noida, India.
SimCorp's India office celebrated its 100th employee in September 2023. These offices enable SimCorp to deliver key value-add components of its SaaS service offers to its APAC client base, thereby enabling greater operating model flexibility for SaaS clients.
“By expanding our regional offices to enhance our ability to serve clients and being able to implement remotely and provide support across all our markets, we want to accelerate our growth in APAC. This development in combination with our new distribution partnership with NS Solutions Corporation in Japan, and the successful onboarding of clients for Artega represent significant milestones in our APAC growth strategy,” Bee says.
Edward Bee recently celebrated his one-year anniversary at SimCorp. In this article, he takes stock of the development in the investment management industry across the APAC region, addressing how the shift to T+1 settlement cycle in the US impacts, how APAC are catching up on developed market in private market allocations and how ESG is evolving in the region.
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