Axioma Launches Australia Office and Appoints New Head of Australia & New Zealand

2 August 2016

  • Axioma continues to expand its Asia-Pacific footprint to meet institutional demand for innovative risk solutions for multi-asset investing and portfolio construction
  • Industry veteran Brian Smith joins Axioma as Head of Australia and New Zealand to lead firm’s strategic development in region

Axioma, a leading provider of innovative risk-management and portfolio-construction solutions to financial institutions, today announced the launch of its Australia office and the appointment of Brian Smith as the Head of Australia and New Zealand. Smith will be based in Melbourne.

The launch underscores the increasing demand from institutional clients and asset owners for risk-management and portfolio-construction tools to support decision-making across complex multi-asset class portfolios in an environment of increased regulation.

“Axioma’s Australia office was established in direct response to the unprecedented demand we are seeing from institutional clients and asset owners, particularly in the multi-asset space,” said Olivier d’Assier, Asia Pacific Managing Director for Axioma. “Asset owners are taking more control of their portfolios, in-sourcing portfolio management and seeking improvement from the tools they use to manage risk and to make allocation decisions, which plays directly to Axioma’s strengths.”

Smith brings to Axioma more than 13 years of industry experience in both Australia and the U.S. He was previously with RiskMetrics, where he oversaw overall growth in APAC for multi-asset class analytics products.

Commenting on his appointment, Smith said, “Australian institutions are seeing increased pressure from regulators and investors for risk transparency, requiring market-standard tools. At the same time, they need customized tools that are consistent with their investment process. The flexibility and power of Axioma’s platform meets both requirements. I look forward to helping our clients in the region to capitalize on the innovative risk-management and portfolio-construction tools that Axioma offers.”

Smith will report to Olivier d’Assier, APAC Managing Director for Axioma.

“The combination of Brian’s experience and Axioma’s innovative risk-management and portfolio-construction tools will be invaluable to our clients as we continue to expand Axioma’s footprint in Asia,” said d’Assier.

The Melbourne office is Axioma’s fourth in the region, joining Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, which opened in April 2016.

Axioma is the leading provider of innovative risk-management, portfolio-construction, and risk and regulatory reporting solutions that unify front, middle and back office functions at financial institutions worldwide. With an emphasis on innovation, outstanding service and open-platform technology, Axioma offers clients more choice, greater flexibility, efficiency, and increased performance.  Axioma is headquartered in New York, with offices in London, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Paris, Singapore, Chicago, Atlanta, Geneva, San Francisco, Tokyo and Melbourne. Axioma was included on the Chartis RiskTech100® 2016, a ranking of the world’s most significant risk and compliance technology companies. The Axioma logos and product brands are trademarks/service marks of Axioma, Inc.  

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