AQMetrics: Integrated Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance

Sep 22 2016 | 5:59pm ET

Editor’s note: One of the largest challenges facing alternative investment managers today is the rapid growth of complex compliance and risk reporting requirements. These processes can place tremendous administrative burdens on funds and their personnel, especially smaller shops with fewer resources. The team at AQMetrics has developed an innovative cloud-based system to integrate these tasks into a single platform, easing these burdens and providing clients peace of mind through a simple, effective and efficient solution. 

Company name:  AQMetrics

Locations: Ireland & NYC


Fintech Sector(s): RegTech, Compliance, Risk Management

Elevator Pitch: Risk management and compliance are becoming exceptionally complicated – we are here to simplify the growing complexity. AQMetrics is transforming the way investment managers meet their global regulatory obligations though a simple, innovative and effective cloud-based platform.  

Year Formed: 2012

No. of Employees: 18

Stage: Seed

Notable investors: Frontline Ventures, Bluff Point Associates, Enterprise Ireland

Tell us a bit about your company and what it does?

We decided to form AQ Metrics after seeing the significant pain points that investment managers face due to the growing complexity around risk management and compliance processes. Simply put, our goal is to play a transformative role in the way that investment managers meet their reporting deadlines with a more efficient and cost-effective software solution.

At its core, AQMetrics is an integrated risk management, regulatory compliance and surveillance software provider. Through an ultra-fast, high quality cloud based platform, our platform ultimately saves clients both time and money. 

The AQMetrics platform integrates pricing, risk and regulatory solutions into a single offering, which helps our clients stay compliant while also eliminating errors, reducing downtime, avoiding risks and minimizing regulatory breaches. 

How is AQMetrics different than others in the same space?

Integration and collaboration with multiple data providers enable us to provide an integrated solution across both real-time order monitoring for pre-trade compliance as well as post-trade compliance and regulatory reporting. It is the integrated nature of our software – and the way the platform is able to seamlessly scale and respond to emerging regulations – that truly differentiates AQ Metrics.

Another key differentiator is the wealth of experience our team brings to the table. We have deep background on both sides of the coin – the technology/software side of things as well as trading & banking.  Having this intricate knowledge of each side of the marketplace is a great advantage, as we have a better understanding of what our clients want and how to deliver it. 

What is your revenue model? How will the company make money?

The company charges each customer a fee to rent AQMetrics software. It is a SaaS delivery module.

Who is your target market?

Fund managers and fund administrators. 

How big is the opportunity?

$5 billion globally

Why are you and your team capable of succeeding?

Our team consists of an extremely experienced & strong group of industry experts. The management team has deep software delivery and domain knowledge. This blended experience of both industry knowledge as well as advanced technology capabilities is what really makes us capable of succeeding. 

What is your company’s next target/milestone?

The expansion of the U.S. sales team and the addition of new logo clients in the U.S. by the end of December 2016. 

Can you tell us one unusual fact about your company?

Both our CEO & COO are female entrepreneurs who have focused on risk and compliance technology for decades.

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