PGGM witnesses successful first month of SFTR go live, on SimCorp’s SFTR cloud solution
Today announces the successful SFTR go live at PGGM, one of Europe’s largest pension funds, with asset of EUR 252 billion*. Using SimCorp’s SFTR cloud solution in partnership with deltaconX, PGGM has witnessed a smooth and successful transition in the first month of the SFTR go live, processing over 320 trades and over 590 valuations, with all reports fully-automated, submitted and accepted by the Trade Repository, and with no manual intervention required.
Barry Vrijssen, Manager Operations at PGGM comments: “We’re extremely pleased with the first month of the SFTR go live. So far we have been able to report to T+1 requirements by 12pm each day, with 100% TR acceptance rates and without any additional manual work. As regulations go, the collaboration with SimCorp has made SFTR compliance a much simpler process and almost a non-event of going live”.
With the arrival of new measures following Covid-19, the final phases of implementation were carried out by SimCorp remotely, maintaining operational efficiency and without compromise to quality. As of go live, SimCorp is supporting PGGM across all instruments from repos to security lending as part of a market-standard solution. The global vendor has also worked with PGGM to deliver further customisation for the coverage of cleared repos, an important business line at PGGM following its recent success, as the first pension fund in Europe to centrally clear repos at EUREX.
Central to the success of PGGM’s SFTR reporting and operational capability, is the foundation provided by SimCorp Dimension’s integrated Investment Book of Record (IBOR), which delivers PGGM a trusted golden source, for all reporting data. Built around the operational data available in its IBOR, SimCorp’s SFTR reporting solution sees PGGM benefit from the same highly automated daily report processes, it has in place for repo and security lending trading and collateral operations.
Additionally, PGGM has been able to leverage SimCorp’s IBOR for superior reporting quality, including complete validation of trade data against the regulatory rule set, and a consistent overview across all business processes. One IBOR for both operations and reporting has also enabled PGGM to fully focus its resources on SFTR related changes concerning only data management processes, instead of technical aspects of the regulation, especially the sourcing of new data for the 155 fields required by the regulation.
Serving 4.4. million members, PGGM has taken a proactive stance to the SFTR regulation from the very beginning, working with SimCorp as a pilot client in October 2019. SimCorp’s SFTR reporting solution was officially launched, five months ahead of the original go live date, offering buy-side clients an efficient and integrated solution for SFTR transaction reporting, together with deltaconX AG’s regulatory platform. In close collaboration, teams from both entities worked to ensure the solution was in place, even prior to the initial April 14th 2020 launch date, with User Acceptance Testing (UAT) taking place as early as January 2020.
With data being a critical concern for many buy-side firms, the burden of regulatory oversight looms heavier on already lean resources. To alleviate this headache and as part of its drive towards a service-oriented approach, SimCorp’s SFTR reporting solution takes on the responsibility and maintenance of compliance, as a managed service. This includes capturing and implementing all regulatory changes, with seamless upgrades. As an existing client of SimCorp’s regulatory services, PGGM has already seen the advantages of this with both EMIR and MiFIR regulations. The addition of SFTR further frees PGGM’s resources, enabling it to truly focus on its core business.
Barry Vrijssen, Manager Operations at PGGM adds: “Having worked with SimCorp for a number of years, including on regulatory support for both EMIR and MiFIR, we knew when SFTR came along, that it made sense to have one source of data for both reporting and operational workflows. SimCorp’s consolidated approach, integrated Investment Book of Record (IBOR), market-standard solution and ability to customise to our unique needs, have been critical to our success.”
Carsten Kunkel, Head of SimCorp Global Center of Regulatory Excellence comments: “We are delighted that PGGM has realized the vision that we had in mind, when creating SimCorp’s SFTR reporting solution. By delivering the solution through a highly automated and consolidated platform, with one source of data that serves both operations and reporting, we effectively enable clients like PGGM, to stay ahead of the game. Additionally, we can now see in action, the value of fusing together cloud technologies and managed services. This goes beyond cost efficiencies, enabling firms to concentrate on achieving alpha. A vital advantage in today’s buy-side industry”.
Thomas Buk, Managing Director at deltaconX AG adds: “Both SimCorp and deltaconX have been passionate about delivering a complete and value-adding solution to meet the needs of buy-side clients, as they deal with the continual churn of regulations. SimCorp’s SFTR reporting solution and managed service is a result of our mutual commitment and timely response to tackling SFTR. We are pleased to contribute towards PGGM’ successful transition to SFTR compliance and look forward to supporting more buy-side firms, as they look to effectively overcome the regulatory burden.”
*AUM recorded as at 31 December 2019
SimCorp provides integrated, best-in-class, multi-asset investment management solutions to the world’s leading asset managers, fund managers, asset servicers, pension and insurance funds, wealth managers, central banks, sovereign wealth funds, and treasury. Deployed on premise or in the cloud, SimCorp’s core solution, SimCorp Dimension®, alongside SimCorp Coric®, SimCorp Gain™, and SimCorp Sofia™ form a powerful and complete solution. Together with a range of managed services, they support the entire investment life cycle, based on a market-leading IBOR. SimCorp invests around 20% of its annual revenue in R&D, helping clients develop their business and stay ahead of ever-changing industry demands. Listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen, SimCorp is a global company, with regional offices across Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit www.simcorp.com
PGGM is a cooperative Dutch pension fund service provider. Institutional clients are offered: asset management, pension fund management, policy advice and management support. On December 31, 2019 PGGM had EUR 252 billion in assets under management and was administrating pensions of 4.4 million participants. Around 750,000 workers in the Dutch healthcare are connected to PGGM&CO, our members organization. Either alone or together with strategic partners, PGGM develops future solutions by linking together pension, care, housing and work.
deltaconX is a full service provider offering a unique software & support package catering for European financial-, energy- and commodity trading organizations enabling them to meet their various regulatory reporting and market surveillance obligations such as EMIR, MiFIR/MiFID II, SFTR, FinfraG, REMIT and MAR within a unified platform. Manual efforts and the total costs of ownership are therefore reduced to a minimum.
For more information visit us at www.deltaconX.com
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