LONDON; Jan. 7, 2016 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has agreed to acquire Formicary, a leading provider of consulting and systems integration services for trading platforms in the UK and North America. The acquisition will further strengthen Accenture’s capabilities in helping banks, asset managers, hedge funds and clearing organisations transform their trading technology platforms, enabling them to quickly and cost-efficiently adapt to market and regulatory change. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Formicary specialises in financial trading systems consulting, systems integration and migration, and IT services and software for over-the-counter (OTC) clearing, which includes implementations of industry-leading trading platforms such as Murex, Calypso and Misys Summit. The company helps capital markets firms revamp their trading platforms to reduce reliance on heavily customized, high-cost systems.
“Investment banks need to consider alternatives to costly, overly complex, bespoke trading systems, which are hindering their ability to be cost-efficient, compliant with the latest regulations and competitive in highly regulated and active markets,” said Owen Jelf, global managing director of Accenture’s Capital Markets practice. “With highly skilled professionals and deep market experience in everything from digital transformation to global regulatory compliance, Formicary will help us strengthen our trading services capabilities to help financial services firms become more competitive and adaptive to change in continuously evolving markets.”
Formicary was founded in 2000 and has offices in London, Toronto and New York. Its clients include tier-one investment banks, hedge funds, clearing houses and fund administrators. Through its full range of services – which include trading and risk platforms integration and migration, OTC clearing, custom development, managed services and bespoke software – Formicary helps clients maximize the potential and cost-effectiveness of proprietary and packaged software platforms to enhance their competitive advantage and streamline business operations.
“By combining our deep knowledge in trading technology with Accenture’s global strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations capabilities in capital markets, we offer our clients a strong scalable portfolio of services,” said Joseph Do, managing director at Formicary. “As significant cost pressures continue to force capital markets firms to re-evaluate their trading capabilities, our combined efforts will enable us to deliver large-scale digital transformations that can help them reduce costs while increasing the scale and profitability of their trading operations.”
This acquisition complements Accenture’s recent acquisition of Beacon Consulting. Together, they reinforce Accenture’s capital markets capabilities, bringing added industry depth and expertise.
Completion of the acquisition is subject to customary closing requirements.
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Formicary is a niche IT consultancy specializing in systems integration for the financial services sector. Since inception 16 years ago, it has specialized in delivering integrated technology solutions that streamline business processes in the front, middle and back office for clients across the industry – from tier one investment banks to hedge funds and fund administrators. Formicary’s systems engineers and business analysts have industry experience covering trading and risk systems from proprietary applications to major third party system deployments. Formicary is a Murex SI Business Partner, Calypso Business and Service Partner. Formicary Ltd has offices in London, Toronto and New York servicing clients in Europe and North America.
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the company’s results of operations could be materially adversely affected by fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; the company’s profitability could suffer if its cost-management strategies are unsuccessful, and the company may not be able to improve its profitability through improvements to cost-management to the degree it has done in the past; the company’s business could be materially adversely affected if the company incurs legal liability; the company’s work with government clients exposes the company to additional risks inherent in the government contracting environment; the company might not be successful at identifying, acquiring or integrating businesses, entering into joint ventures or divesting businesses; the company’s Global Delivery Network is increasingly concentrated in India and the Philippines, which may expose it to operational risks; changes in the company’s level of taxes, as well as audits, investigations and tax proceedings, or changes in the company’s treatment as an Irish company, could have a material adverse effect on the company’s results of operations and financial condition; 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