The project addressed a number of challenges:

  • To meet the regulatory and reporting obligations of MiFID II for financial organisations, ahead of the January 2018 deadline set by the FCA.
  • Build an internal solution for trade real-time data collection, viewing, analysis and reporting across the whole of Man Group.
  • Expand the data set available to the front office quant teams relating to analysis of trade allocations and Total Cost Analysis, with a view to further improving trading performance.
  • Create a platform to support Man Group’s strategic growth objectives; specifically to enable acquired and organically grown new businesses to plug-in to the platform at low cost and to then leverage the new regulatory reporting and data analytics functionality.
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Our Solution

  • The core approach involved enabling businesses across the whole of Man Group to publish their trading activity via a central data streaming system that tracks and ‘listens’ to all published trading & lifecycle events, both now and in the future.
  • A solution that can capture, analyse, enrich, transform and store trading data from across all the Group’s business units in low latency timeframes and in a scalable manner.
  • Our technical approach involved:
  • A highly scalable Kafka messaging system, enriching and modelling of data for reporting with an Akka.NET framework
  • Extend adoption of the MongoDB document database within the Man Group, to capture activity from across the different businesses
  • Building an HTML 5 front-end user interface on a React JavaScript presentation framework to enable real-time analytics on streamed data.

Key Benefits

  • The regulatory and reporting requirements of MiFID II were satisfied in full and well in advance of the January 2018 deadline.
  • Data flows can be analysed in real-time with a central view across multiple trading entities, to satisfy both current and potential future regulatory requirements.
  • The business can grow in the knowledge that the system can handle far higher volumes of trade data than are currently being generated; this effectively future-proofs the business in scale terms.
  • The design and architecture of MOLE accommodates the near-term requirements, which include the MiFID II reporting needs and has the built-in flexibility to handle trade data collection and analysis needs that are likely to be important in future.
  • Data-related strategic opportunities have opened-up for the Group, thereby supporting its trading activities in this highly competitive sector.
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In the words of our client

MOLE has become a critical part of Man Group’s technology and operations platform and integrates with and complements our ROSA Middle Office system to create a best-in-class data processing, analytics and reporting system which will continue to support the growth of Man Group well into the future. The project was undoubtedly demanding, due partly to the hard deadline imposed by the MiFiD II regulation and partly by the choice of leading-edge technologies necessary to satisfy the operational demands of the platform. However, the outcome has been an extremely positive one for all involved and most importantly for the Man Group and its clients.

Geoff Galbraith

Chief Operating Officer

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