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The FX Markets Asia Awards 2023 features 42 submission-based categories.

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Submission-based categories

Best FX clearing house

The winning entry in this category will show a viable long-term strategy, positioned for expected shifts in market structure, and true economic advantages for market participants choosing clearing. Initiatives targeting OTC-clearing will also be considered.

Best FX technology provider

This award will go to the business that can demonstrate its track record in delivering the best technology to the FX industry in the APAC region, adapting its services to cater to changing market conditions. The winner will be able to show how the innovative products it has offered the market have set it apart from rivals. As the category covers a broad range of areas within the trade lifecycle, judges will look for best-of-breed solutions to pick the best in show.

Best G10 trading platform

This award will go to the platform that offers the best in the G10 space in APAC: high liquidity, low costs, pre-and post-trade services as well as analytics. Innovative solutions to prevalent issues such as credit and counterparty mix will be prioritised. Breadth of services, availability of choice to customers and transparency will also be taken into account.

Best EM trading platform

This award will go to the platform that offers the best in EM-focused services it offers to clients: high liquidity, low costs, pre-and post-trade services as well as analytics. Innovative solutions to prevalent issues such as credit and counterparty mix will be prioritised. Breadth of services, availability of choice to customers and transparency will also be taken into account.

Best FX post-trade provider

This award will go to the vendor that has developed the best tools and infrastructure to provide excellent post-trade capabilities to the FX market, as well as a continuing appetite for innovation in changing market conditions.

Best Blockchain Technology Service Provider

This award is open to any service provider that specialises in supporting the FX industry through blockchain technology. Judges will consider the value that the technology provides market participants, as well as its originality and depth of innovation.

Best FX analytics provider

As industry participants across the spectrum push towards a best-execution driven world, TCA has become a topic of intense focus for both buy- and sell-side players. Having evolved from a relatively simple, price-driven methodology, the winner of this award will demonstrate a truly holistic approach to measuring execution quality.

Best FX Prime of Prime

In this category we are looking to select the best of breed provider of credit intermediation for smaller firms. Prime of prime providers can be brokers, clearers, platforms or banks. FX prime brokerage provided by banks will not be pitched against intermediation agents; this award will recognise the most comprehensive and satisfactory service provider in the prime of prime space.

Best Market Data Provider

Market data plays an essential role in the day-to-day functioning of FX markets and as such efforts to reduce costs involved and improve the quality and granularity of updates is crucial for a well-functioning market. This category will reward products that most successfully balance costs and benefits.

Best FX Aggregator

Accessing credit and liquidity has become harder and harder, despite the intensely competitive liquidity provision space. Aggregators that offer clients that best-possible liquidity will gain marks, especially if the offering extends to less-traded currencies such as EM units as well. The winning entry will demonstrate a long-term commitment to quality problem-solving for clients.

Best TCA provider

As industry participants across the spectrum push towards a best-execution driven world, TCA has become a topic of intense focus for both buy- and sell-side players. Having evolved from a relatively simple, price-driven methodology, the winner of this award will demonstrate a truly holistic approach to measuring execution quality.

Best Crypto Exchange

This award is open to any exchange where crypto products are traded. Judges will be looking at things like execution service, customer support and any new initiatives that have brought benefits to the market over the past 12 months.

Best New Venue Initiative

This award is open to any exchange or other trading venue that can demonstrate how a new development over the past 12 months has brought meaningful value to customers. In their evaluation, judges will consder the originality of the initiative as well as how it has benefited market participants.

Best Retail FX Platform

The retail FX business has weathered a few storms after years of uninterrupted growth. This award will recognize customer service, abundant information and fair trading.

Best buyside fx trading platform

This award will go to firms that helped their clients weather the turbulence in the FX markets and developed innovative solutions to set themselves apart from their competitors.

Best FX Settlement and risk mitigation solution

The importance of settlement risk mitigation has risen up the agenda of many market participants. This award recognises those firms that were able to demonstrate a clear commitment to advancing the FX community with market-leading settlement services and risk management.

Best FX ECN

ECN is becoming increasingly important in today’s foreign exchange markets. The winner of this award will go to firms offering a comprehensive service offering, which had a big impact on helping their clients deal with changing market conditions.

Best Non-Bank FX Liquidity Provider

With investors increasingly looking to execute trades through non-bank liquidity providers, the winner of this award will be recognised for being able to provide efficient access to wholesale currency markets with a great depth of offer.

Best Venue for FX Spots

This award is open to any exchange or other trading venue where spot transactions take place. Judges will be looking at things like execution service, customer support and any new initiatives that have brought benefits to the market over the past 12 months.

Best Venue for FX Derivatives

This award is open to any exchange or other trading venue where derivative transactions take place. Such transactions include forwards, futures and options. Judges will be looking at things like execution service, customer support and any new initiatives that have brought benefits to the market over the past 12 months.

FX house of the year Australia

This category recognises the best domestic FX provider in Australia, with particular focus on the local currency coverage as well as regional strengths.

FX house of the year China

This category recognises the best domestic FX provider in China, with particular focus on the local currency coverage as well as regional strengths.

FX house of the year Hong Kong

This category recognises the best domestic FX provider in Hong Kong, with particular focus on the local currency coverage as well as regional strengths.

FX house of the year Japan

This category recognises the best domestic FX provider in Japan, with particular focus on the local currency coverage as well as regional strengths.

FX house of the year Malaysia

This category recognises the best domestic FX provider in Malaysia, with particular focus on the local currency coverage as well as regional strengths.

FX house of the year Singapore

This category recognises the best domestic FX provider in Singapore, with particular focus on the local currency coverage as well as regional strengths.

FX House of the Year Indonesia

This category recognises the best domestic FX provider in Indonesia, with particular focus on the local currency coverage as well as regional strengths.

FX House of the Year Vietnam

This category recognises the best domestic FX provider in Vietnam, with particular focus on the local currency coverage as well as regional strengths.

FX House of the Year India

This category recognises the best domestic FX provider in India, with particular focus on the local currency coverage as well as regional strengths.

FX House of the Year Pakistan

This category recognises the best domestic FX provider in Pakistan, with particular focus on the local currency coverage as well as regional strengths.

FX House of the Year Sri Lanka

This category recognises the best domestic FX provider in Sri Lanka, with particular focus on the local currency coverage as well as regional strengths.

FX house of the year South Korea

This category recognises the best domestic FX provider in South Korea, with particular focus on the local currency coverage as well as regional strengths.

FX house of the year Thailand

This category recognises the best domestic FX provider in Thailand, with particularENTE focus on the local currency coverage as well as regional strengths.

Best Bank FX liquidity provider

This award recognises reliable, consistent and highest-possible quality price providers in the Asia Pacific region. Liquidity providers of all types, including banks and non-banks, are invited to take part in this category that aims to select the best market maker counterparty in currency markets.

Best FX options house

This category will be won by the dealer that provides high-quality liquidity and pricing in FX options. Market share and quantitative differentiation will be rewarded.

Best FX spot house

This category will be won by the dealer that provides high-quality liquidity and tight pricing in spot FX markets. Breadth of coverage in terms of APAC  currencies and high-quality service will be differentiators.

Best NDF house

This category will be won by the dealer that provides high-quality liquidity and pricing in NDF markets. Electronic pricing capabilities and competitive liquidity provision in more exotic currencies will be an advantage.

Best FX exchange

This award seeks to identify the exchange that is most successful in offering clients efficiencies which cannot be obtained in OTC market places. Demonstrable volume growth and the frequency and popularity of new product releases are key factors.

Best execution algorithm provider

This award is for companies that provide algorithmic trading services to clients. The winner is able to provide innovative strategies that lead to a noticeable difference in overall execution outcome, particularly in Asian and emerging markets currencies.

Best e-FX trading house

This award will recognise significant improvements in e-FX trading in the Asia Pacific region, with a particular focus on execution capabilities.

Best FX prime broker

FXPB service providers play an absolutely vital role in currency markets. This award will acknowledge the contribution these institutions make to the health of the market, with particular focus on solutions that pioneer innovative ways of providing credit and access to markets, particularly in EM.

Best FX swaps and forwards house

This category will be won by the dealer that provides high-quality liquidity and pricing in FX derivatives. Market share and quantitative differentiation will be rewarded.

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Company profile

Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited ("BOCHK") is a leading listed commercial banking group (Stock Code: 2388) and one of the three note-issuing banks in Hong Kong. BOCHK celebrated its 100th Anniversary for serving Hong Kong in 2017. BOCHK offers a comprehensive range of financial products and advisory services to central banks, supranational institutions, sovereign funds, financial institutions, corporate and personal clients. With its distinct market position, BOCHK has been enjoying favorable credit ratings and stable outlook by international rating agencies. BOCHK is named the Bank of the Year in Hong Kong by The Banker in 2013, 2015, 2017 & 2021. It is also nominated as the Strongest Bank in Asia Pacific and Hong Kong by The Asian Banker for 6 years (2014-18, 2020), in recognition of its solid financial performance and ability to continuously increase profitability. BOCHK is the sole RMB Clearing Bank in Hong Kong appointed by the People's Bank of China since 2003, the first overseas CIPS Direct Participant since June 2016, and the largest RMB Clearing Bank in terms of settlement volumes and values ‐ handling more than 70% worldwide cross-border RMB payments and support for a daily clearing value up to CNY1.5 trillion. Leveraging its professional expertise, comprehensive RMB product mix, and close tie with the parent bank, Bank of China, in the Mainland, BOCHK strives to become the best choice for all RMB needs of its customers. To implement the overseas development strategy of Bank of China Group, BOCHK branches and subsidiaries have been extended to Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei and Myanmar during 2017-20, with the provision of professional and high-quality financial services. Firmly rooted in Hong Kong since 1917, BOCHK is expediting its development into a top-class, full-service and internationalized regional bank.

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Bloomberg Professional Services – the Bloomberg Terminal and Bloomberg's enterprise data management and integration services – provide real-time data, breaking news, in-depth research and powerful analytics to help financial professionals make smarter, faster and better-informed decisions. Bloomberg helps clients navigate the increasingly complex liquidity, regulatory and accounting disclosure landscape, with a diverse suite of solutions that combines high-quality data, unparalleled market analytics and best-in-class service. 

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BNP Paribas is a leader in banking and financial services and has a long association with the official institutions' sector. The Group is present in nearly 75 countries globally enabling clients to benefit from a range of services including corporate & institutional banking; asset servicing and asset management. www.bnpparibas.com BNP Paribas Asset Management is the asset management arm of BNP Paribas, and offers high value-added solutions to individual savers, companies, and institutional investors. We have a broad range of skills in four investment divisions: Equities, Fixed Income, Private Debt & Real Assets, and Multi-Asset, Quantitative and Solutions (MAQS). Sustainability is at the heart of our strategy and investment decision-making process. Our aim is to achieve long-term sustainable investment returns for our clients. We have assets under management of USD 475 billion (as of 30 September 2019), with 520+ investment professionals and 500+ client servicing specialists, serving clients in 71 countries. To learn more, visit bnpparibas-am.us.

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About CIMB Group

CIMB Group is one of ASEAN's leading universal banking groups and is Malaysia's second largest financial services provider, by assets. It offers consumer banking, commercial banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, asset management and insurance products and services. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in nine out of 10 ASEAN nations (Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Brunei, Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos). Beyond ASEAN, the Group has market presence in China, Hong Kong, India, Sri Lanka, Korea, the US and UK.

CIMB Group is listed on Bursa Malaysia via CIMB Group Holdings Berhad. It had a market capitalisation of approximately RM 60.3 billion as at 31 December 2017. The Group has around 38,000 employees located in 15 countries.

 

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FXSpotStream is a bank owned consortium founded in 2011 and operates as a market utility. FXSpotStream provides multibank FX streaming, RFS and matching services supporting trading in FX Spot, Forwards, Swaps, NDFs/NDS and Precious Metals Spot and Swaps.

Banks connected to FXSpotStream serve as Liquidity Providers to clients. Clients can access a GUI or single API from co-location sites in New York, London and Tokyo and have the ability to communicate with all Liquidity Providing banks connected to FXSpotStream.

FXSpotStream has revolutionized the FX trading platform landscape by eliminating the cost of execution for price takers and allowing price makers the ability to pay a flat fee for all executed transactions. We are the only venue on the market today with this unique commercial model.

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HSBC is a financial services organisation that serves more than 40 million customers, ranging from individual savers and investors to some of the world’s biggest companies and governments. Its network covers 64 countries and territories, and its expertise, capabilities, breadth and perspectives open up a world of opportunity for its customers. HSBC is listed on the London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Bermuda stock exchanges.

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Invast Global is a specialist multi-asset prime broker based in Sydney, Tokyo and Hong Kong. The company specialises in providing prime services to small/mid-sized hedge funds, asset managers, proprietary trading firms, other brokerages and banks.

The milestones have been accumulating fast for the entrepreneurial firm, with its institutional client base growing strongly worldwide and a particularly strong penetration into the hedge fund space. Multi-asset turnover for the firm now exceeds well over AU$100bn monthly.

The company has received numerous highly-respected industry awards, often beating larger, globally renowned investment banks.

The JASDAQ-listed Japanese parent company – Invast Securities Co. has a 60-year history as a Forex and Securities brokerage and enjoys stable, long-standing relationships with numerous tier-one bank prime brokers.

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OCBC Bank is the longest established Singapore bank, formed in 1932 from the merger of three local banks, the oldest of which was founded in 1912. It is now the second largest financial services group in Southeast Asia by assets and one of the world’s most highly-rated banks, with an Aa1 rating from Moody’s.

 

OCBC Bank and its subsidiaries offer a broad array of commercial banking, specialist financial and wealth management services, ranging from consumer, corporate, investment, private and transaction banking to treasury, insurance, asset management and stockbroking services.

OCBC Bank’s key markets are Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Greater China. It has more than 480 branches and representative offices in 19 countries and regions. These include over 230 branches and offices in Indonesia under subsidiary Bank OCBC NISP, and over 70 branches and offices in Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR under OCBC Wing Hang.

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Singapore Exchange is Asia’s leading and trusted securities and derivatives market infrastructure, operating equity, fixed income, currency and commodity markets to the highest regulatory standards. It also operates a multi-asset sustainability platform, SGX FIRST or Future in Reshaping Sustainability Together (sgx.com/first).

SGX is committed to facilitating economic growth in a sustainable manner leveraging its roles as a key player in the ecosystem, a business, regulator and listed company. With climate action as a key priority, SGX aims to be a leading sustainable and transition financing and trading hub offering trusted, quality, end-to-end products and solutions.

As Asia’s most international, multi-asset exchange, SGX provides listing, trading, clearing, settlement, depository and data services, with about 40% of listed companies and over 80% of listed bonds originating outside of Singapore. SGX is the world’s most liquid international market for the benchmark equity indices of China, India, Japan and ASEAN. Headquartered in AAA-rated Singapore, SGX is globally recognised for its risk management and clearing capabilities. For more information, please visit www.sgx.com.

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TriOptima is the leading multilateral compression provider that lowers costs and mitigates risk in OTC derivatives markets, and is now part of CME Group.  As the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, CME Group (www.cmegroup.com) enables clients to trade futures, options, cash and OTC markets, optimize portfolios, and analyze data – empowering market participants worldwide to efficiently manage risk and capture opportunities. CME Group exchanges offer the widest range of global benchmark products across all major asset classes based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural products and metals.  

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About 360T

360T is far more than an award-winning multi-bank, multi-asset trading platform for OTC

financial instruments. As the Deutsche Börse Group’s global FX unit, the company offers a full

range of streamlined services across the entire trading workflow of FX and short-term Money

Market asset classes, adding real value to clients. Above and beyond optimising execution,

360T allows clients to directly reduce their operational costs and risks in all parts of the trading

life cycle while enhancing compliance and transparency at the same time.

360T’s network is used by over 2300 buy-side clients organizations worldwide. White-label and in-house trading solutions provided by 360T have been adopted by major international companies to link request and transaction flow through a central trading desk. 360T has a global presence with customers in more than 75 countries and offices in Europe, America, Asia Pacific, India and the Middle East.

Further information: www.360t.com