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CloudMargin signs US asset manager

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CloudMargin, creator of the world's first web-based collateral and margin management solution, has signed a US-based asset manager, helping the client achieve full compliance of its thousands of over-the-counter (OTC) agreements included in the new Variation Margin rules that took effect on 1 March.

Since the beginning of 2017, CloudMargin has seen a 50 per cent increase in the number of clients it serves and a quadrupling of the number of active underlying Credit Support Annex (CSA) agreements for which it manages clients' collateral.
 
The new business represents CloudMargin's most successful quarter to date in client and user base growth since its launch three years ago. As a result, the firm attracted renewed investor interest and closed a significant Series A funding round.
 
The company now serves market participants on five continents, including asset managers, insurance companies, brokerage firms and banks. CloudMargin also has established a network of nearly 20 exchanges, clearing firms and other technology solution partners, providing an opportunity for clients to create a collateral management solution tailored to their unique needs.
 
A need to achieve operational efficiencies, coupled with new regulatory requirements that came into play on 1 March, have led to significant interest in onboarding the CloudMargin platform. The new buy-side client, with hundreds of billions of US dollars in assets under management, will use the platform to manage all of its bilateral OTC derivatives and TBA bonds activity globally.
 
The recent growth enjoyed by the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider attracted a round of Series A funding from Illuminate Financial Management, which became the firm's first institutional investor in 2015.
 
Mark Beeston, founding partner at Illuminate Financial Management and now chairman of CloudMargin, says: "CloudMargin's rapid expansion and growth has been very positive for our portfolio, and the company is well positioned for exponential growth with the renewed focus on collateral management across the industry. The team, the product, the client influx and the revenue growth all made it an easy decision to further our own investment in the company."
 
Steve Husk (pictured), CloudMargin CEO, says: "This has been a truly exciting time in our development because we've been able to apply our core strengths to meeting a critical industry need. When firms understand that we offer the opportunity to rapidly deploy our robust cloud-based solution, without requiring a significant investment of their staff time or resources, they are very responsive. We are pleased to continue our growth in the US as well as globally and expect that this first quarter expansion is just the tip of the iceberg."

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