TORA Launches AI-driven Pre-trade Analytics Tool to Help Firms Meet Stricter MiFID II Best Execution Requirements

19 December 2017

TORA, provider of the industry’s most-advanced cloud-based order and execution management system (OEMS), today announced the launch of its artificial intelligence (AI)-driven pre-trade transaction cost analysis (TCA) solution designed to help firms meet the stricter best execution requirements imposed by MiFID II. TORA’s new AI TCA product moves beyond traditional TCA by using AI techniques to accurately estimate price slippage for trades before they enter the market.

Asset managers are increasingly relying on analytics to build more sophisticated, quantitative best execution processes to meet MiFID II’s higher standards and to gain a competitive advantage. Trading desks are also embracing rapid advances in AI technology to automate and improve the efficiency of their operations. The addition of this pre-trade TCA product to the TORA OEMS enables traders to monitor costs across the lifecycle of a trade and take advantage of new insights to help improve investment decision making.

Utilizing an extensive library of historical global market data, the new pre-trade TCA solution examines the core attributes of orders such as spread, volatility and volume consumption and estimates the market impact of using any broker and algo combination to help traders determine the optimal place to send their orders.

“This TCA solution is built upon a convolutional neural network that is trained using real time and historical data. Machine learning algorithms are used to continuously capture new order data as it becomes available. Through this feedback mechanism the network weights are adapted to reflect the additional information and thus increase the estimation precision over time”, said Pascal Kuyten from the TORA quantitative research group.

Commenting on the development, David Tattan, Head of European Business Development at TORA said: “MiFID II raises the bar for traders to deliver and demonstrate best execution to investors and regulators. Automation and artificial intelligence will play an important part in helping them keep up with market complexity and a proliferation of information to process. We are very excited about the potential for this product to enhance our clients’ investment frameworks and it is an important addition to TORA’s MiFID II optimized solution.”

TORA’s cloud-based OEMS and partnerships with Europe’s leading ARMs and APAs for trade and transaction reporting provide a way for funds to quickly transition off older OMS and EMS technology and to simultaneously overcome many of the operational and best execution challenges of MiFID II. In addition to this new pre-trade AI TCA solution, TORA also offers in-trade and post-trade TCA solutions that are available on live interactive dashboards and in blotters. Best execution is also enhanced via integrations with OTAS and a broad range of broker algo suites accessible across a proprietary low latency FIX network. Full details of these and other components of the TORA MiFID II solution can be found at

About TORA

TORA is the leading global provider of advanced investment management technologies supporting the full trading lifecycle. With a full suite of SaaS-delivered execution, analytics and compliance tools, as well as order, portfolio and risk management capabilities, TORA’s products are utilized by hundreds of the industry’s leading hedge funds, asset managers, proprietary trading firms and sell-side trading desks globally. With headquarters in San Francisco, TORA has over 250 employees across offices in Hong Kong, Jersey, New York, Romania, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo. More information is available at

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Forefront Communications for TORA


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