Adaptive Financial Consulting (Adaptive), the experts in electronic trading technology solutions, today announces its partnership with KCx, Kepler Cheuvreux’s execution division, to create an innovative event-driven trading system based on Aeron® and its own Hydra technology.

The long-term collaboration provides KCx with a new, cutting-edge front-office Execution equities platform that allows clients to observe and manage KCx’s advanced execution flow through a single interface, offering new functionality and simplifying workflows. The new system builds on KCx’s state-of-the-art algorithmic trading capabilities by connecting its global equities trading ecosystem through a new sequencer-based technical architecture.

The development of KCx’s new trading system marks the completion of the first phase of a wider innovation initiative to build bespoke, highly scalable front-office systems to complement the firm’s existing trading technology across asset classes, positioning the firm to meet its diverse client base’s evolving needs and meet ambitious plans to grow market share.

Anvar Karimson, Chief Technology Officer, Kepler Cheuvreux, said: “At KCx, we pride ourselves on the quality of our execution that allow our clients to seize opportunities in challenging markets. As part of phase 1, to ensure our clients can use our algorithms to their full potential, we wanted to build a new system that matches their sophistication and allows them to use our services in new, exciting ways. Working closely with Adaptive, we are realising our vision of a high-performance, resilient front office equities system that has the potential to scale and adapt as we meet the changing needs of institutions.

As well as working hand-in-hand with KCx to design and build its new architecture and user interface (UI), the new system was built using Hydra, Adaptive’s proprietary development technology that significantly accelerates and simplifies the creation of complex real-time trading systems.

Matt Barret, CEO, Adaptive, said: “Delivering a high-performance, resilient trading system on a global scale in a short timescale for a leading broker is a significant achievement. We are delighted to collaborate with KCx leveraging their extensive technical knowledge and advanced algorithms, and our Hydra technology to build an event-driven equities trading system from the ground up. Hydra’s architecture is ideally suited for the project and gives the firm strong foundations to develop new capabilities across asset classes, clients and trade types.

The new event-driven trading system is being built on a hybrid tech stack that can run on premises or, in future, in the cloud. The hybrid development of the system using AWS’s cloud infrastructure allows for remote functional testing to ensure that performance matches the expectations of clients at time of launch.

Chris McConville, Global Head of Execution Services and Trading, KCx, said: “We are excited to partner with Adaptive to help us create our NextGen execution platform —– a high performance, resilient system. This extensive project spans over two years, involving upgrades to nearly every aspect of our execution infrastructure, from algo monitoring tools and order management systems (OMS) to execution management systems (EMS), transaction cost analysis (TCA), portfolio analysis, IOI management, and complete allocation, booking, and settlement processes. The fully sequenced system ensures a comprehensive historical record of every order, child order, cancellation, and event across all asset classes. Our clients expect innovation, agility, and rapid product delivery, and we look forward to implementing the new technical architecture based on the execution sequencer to meet these demands. With bespoke strategies designed to meet the unique needs and preferences of each client, we are confident in our ability to respond effectively to trading objectives and risk profiles.”