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Storebrand Asset Management adopts SimCorp’s front office and fund management solutions

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Storebrand Asset Management, Norway’s largest private asset manager with EUR71 billion in assets under management, has completed its strategic consolidation project, with the addition of SimCorp’s front office and fund management solutions.

The new solutions integrate with Storebrand Asset Management’s existing use of SimCorp Dimension in the middle and back office, to provide a single system approach across the firm. The newly implemented front office solutions enable Storebrand Asset Management to automate and standardise investment processes front to back.
 
In 2016, following a successful period of growth, Storebrand Asset Management identified the need for a unified, operational infrastructure, selecting SimCorp Dimension as its core engine. Within the front office, Storebrand’s fixed income, currency and equities teams are now live on SimCorp Dimension, running both active and passive investments across the entire range of financial instruments. Establishing a single platform from front to back has also delivered the scalability needed for further expansion and growth, such as the recent acquisition of Norwegian active management firm, Skagen, which quadrupled Storebrand Asset Management’s share of the Norwegian private funds savings market from four to 17 per cent.
 
SimCorp’s front office solution replaces a large number of diverse, fragmented front office systems, custom built applications, excel models and manual processes that have accumulated over the years. The highly automated front office solution covers portfolio as well as order management and is seamlessly integrated with SimCorp’s Investment Book of Record (IBOR) and with key functions across the investment lifecycle.
 
The consolidation strategy has significantly saved on operational costs and been key in optimising the firms’ daily investment activities. This includes risk management and post trade compliance, where Storebrand Asset Management manages over 6000 compliance rules every day. As a result of the consolidation, Storebrand Asset Management has decommissioned a number of systems, including external risk and OMS/EMS systems, saving EUR1 million annually. Further, the replacement of manual solutions and spreadsheets with SimCorp’s automated Compliance Manager has resulted in a 58 per cent reduction in post trade compliance breaks.
 
In parallel with implementing SimCorp’s front office solution, Storebrand Asset Management has also recently gone into successful production with SimCorp Dimension’s fund administration solution, enabling it to move from five different fund configurations to one common, integrated setup. As a key feature, this solution has introduced share classes with the option of different fee rates, fee setups and currencies enabling Storebrand Asset Management to better serve its wide client base, and meet current and future market requirements, including more granular regulatory reporting.
 
Erik Kaland, COO of Storebrand Asset Management, says: “In a relatively short period of time, SimCorp has helped to completely transform our front office and fund platforms, successfully replacing our legacy systems with a far superior and automated platform, across front to back. With a more standardised configuration and centralised architecture, we have not only significantly reduced operational risk and cost of ownership, but equally important, positioned ourselves strongly, as we continue to seek new market and growth opportunities.”
 
Klaus Holse (pictured), CEO of SimCorp, says: “Storebrand Asset Management is a prime example of the challenge faced by many buy-side firms, where historical reliance on best-of-breed and legacy technology stand in the way of future business growth. Having realised the operational and strategic benefits of a consolidated model, Storebrand has demonstrated how to take effective action and break away from the status quo of ineffective technology. The achievements they have gained across the investment value chain provide a strong competitive advantage and make Storebrand Asset Management a well-deserved winner of the SimCorp Award 2018.”

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