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Societe Generale offers innovative investment research solution with Smartkarma’s award winning equity research platform

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New way for institutional investors to access Asia-focused equity research to meet with key MiFID II unbundling requirements

Singapore, Hong Kong, London, New York– December 1, 2016 Societe Generale today announces a new agreement with Smartkarma, a curated online platform for investment insight focused on the Asian markets. Under this global agreement, Societe Generale will provide its institutional clients access to a new form of equity research based on demand driven and customised content* provided by the industry’s highly ranked analysts**, academics, data scientists and strategists.

Societe Generale is the first global investment bank to have an agreement with an emerging fintech company to provide equity research that is compliant with evolving research unbundling requirements, such as MiFID II. Smartkarma’s rapidly growing platform currently provides access to over 100 investment insight firms, comprised of approximately 400 analysts. Its community of analysts have written on more than 1600 companies across 15 Asian markets, offering unconflicted, on the ground coverage, which in addition to large cap bottom up, also includes frontier markets, small and mid-caps and in-depth event driven IPO analysis. On average, 25 insights are published daily with active minute by minute discussions, where themes and ideas are debated, discussed and questioned among a community of experts, in real time.

Stephane Loiseau, Head of Cash Equities & Global Execution Services, Asia Pacific at Societe Generale said, “Societe Generale is excited to offer institutional investors an innovative solution to access high quality, independent equity research on Asian stocks with insightful investment ideas. This offering is complementary to our strong Cross Asset Research and Trading capabilities with access to over 125 markets and exchange venues globally. With this fast-growing ecosystem, we are providing clients with a new way to access research content that is compliant with the increased unbundling and transparent pricing requirements of research and trading services.”

Raghav Kapoor, CEO and Co-Founder of Smartkarma said; “In a short span, Smartkarma has emerged as the industry-leading model for research creation, distribution and monetisation. We are committed to bringing unbeatable efficiency and unprecedented transparency to the market while promoting revolutionary economics and seamless access. Smartkarma is excited to be working alongside Societe Generale in unveiling this new paradigm. Over the coming months we will work together to help clients optimise research budgets and meet evolving regulatory requirements without any need to modify workflow or add to administrative overheads.”

*Smartkarma provides investors with direct access to Insight Providers, creating a much stronger correlation between research demand and supply and addressing information overload concerns. Smartkarma’s predictive search engine matches research in real time with investor mandates, helping clients consolidate relevant information and stay abreast of evolving, complex financial issues.

** For full details of Smartkarma’s insight providers:

 

For further information, please contact:

Jerome Tam for Societe Generale
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: +852 2166 4232

Helen Toft for Smartkarma
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 7989 420 445


Notes to the editors

Societe Generale

Societe Generale is one of the largest European financial services groups. Based on a diversified universal banking model, the Group combines financial solidity with a strategy of sustainable growth, and aims to be the reference for relationship banking, recognised on its markets, close to clients, chosen for the quality and commitment of its teams.

Societe Generale has been playing a vital role in the economy for 150 years. With more than 145,000 employees, based in 66 countries, we accompany 31 million clients throughout the world on a daily basis. Societe Generale’s teams offer advice and services to individual, corporate and institutional customers in three core businesses:

  • Retail banking in France with the Societe Generale branch network, Credit du Nord and Boursorama, offering a comprehensive range of omnichannel financial services on the leading edge of digital innovation;
  • International retail banking, insurance and financial services to corporates with a presence in developing economies and leading specialised businesses;
  • Corporate and investment banking, private banking, asset management and securities services, with recognised expertise, top international rankings and integrated solutions.

Societe Generale is included in the main socially responsible investment indices: DJSI (World and Europe), FTSE4Good (Global and Europe), Euronext Vigeo (Europe, Eurozone and France), ESI Excellence (Europe) from Ethibel and 4 of the STOXX ESG Leaders indices.

For more information, you can follow Societe Generale on twitter @societegenerale or visit www.societegenerale.com.

About Smartkarma

Smartkarma is a collaborative marketplace that is radically changing the way market participants create, distribute and consume investment insights. As a trusted information source, the Smartkarma community provides unconflicted and unmatched analysis, transparency, and context into Asian markets helping global institutional investors confidently drive their investment strategies. Unlike traditional research companies, Smartkarma combines intelligence from the world’s premier analysts, academics, data scientists and strategists in one unique ecosystem. Our customisable platform helps investors optimise research spend and enhance returns while accessing the widest range of global analysis of the Asian markets available.

The Smartkarma community is on a mission to challenge conventional thinking and change how we view, value and drive idea generation to foster a new standard of industry dialogue and cooperation. As a trusted information source, Smartkarma provides unconflicted and unmatched analysis, transparency and context into the Asian markets, helping global institutional investors confidently drive their investment strategies. Unlike traditional research companies, Smartkarma combines intelligence from the world’s premier analysts, academics, data scientists and strategists in one unique ecosystem. This customisable platform helps investors optimise research spending and enhance returns while accessing the widest range of global analysis of the Asian markets available.

We are on a bold mission to change the way market participants engage with research. By creating a new model for investors to collaborate, add and extract value from our tested and uniquely positioned global community, we are changing the research landscape for global investors.

For more information visit us at www.smartkarma.com or follow us on Twitter @smartkarma.

Smartkarma Announces Opening of Hong Kong Office, Building on Significant Growth Since Launch

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Hong Kong office to support regional growth and expansion into North Asia

Singapore and Hong Kong – October 19, 2016 – Smartkarma, the premier provider of collaborative solutions for investment research, has announced the official opening of its Hong Kong office. Building on recent international expansion and significant platform growth, the Hong Kong office will provide ongoing support for Smartkarma’s network of insight providers and clients focused on the Asian markets.

“Hong Kong is an obvious choice for Smartkarma as we continue our global expansion, given its role as a key financial hub for Asia,” says Raghav Kapoor, CEO and Co-Founder, Smartkarma. “In particular, Hong Kong strengthens our offering in the equity space, a focus area for many of our Insight Providers, as well as the institutional investors who rely on the Smartkarma platform. This is another chapter in Smartkarma’s international success story.’

The Hong Kong team includes David Blennerhasset who joins Smartkarma from BGC Partners. David brings a wealth of knowledge from his time as Head of Research at BGC, as well as from positions at Knight Capital, Main First Bank AG and JS Cresvale. Additional hires will be announced in the coming months.

Since emerging from closed beta in April 2016, Smartkarma has experienced rapid uptake. The platform has more than doubled the number of contributing analysts, as well as experienced 500% year on year growth in platform activity.  Currently more than 140 global professional institutions use Smartkarma.

Smartkarma Hong Kong will be based in the Central district.

About Smartkarma:

As a trusted information source, Smartkarma provides unconflicted and unmatched analysis, transparency and context into the Asian markets, helping global institutional investors confidently drive their investment strategies. Unlike traditional research companies, Smartkarma combines intelligence from the world’s premier analysts, academics, data scientists and strategists in one unique ecosystem. This customizable platform helps investors optimize research spending and enhance returns while accessing the widest range of global analysis of the Asian markets available.

We are on a bold mission to change the way market participants engage with research. By creating a new model for investors to collaborate, add and extract value from our tested and uniquely positioned global community, we are changing the research landscape for global investors. For more information visit us atwww.smartkarma.com.

Media Contact:

Articulate Communications for Smartkarma
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 212 255 0080

FOW Asia Honors Smartkarma with Best New Technology Award

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Smartkarma brings transparency and efficiency to the institutional research market with its collaborative investment research platform

Singapore – September 23, 2016 – Smartkarma, the premier provider of collaborative solutions for investment research, has won the Futures and Options World (FOW) Asia Award for Best New Technology – Trading and Execution. The win further solidifies the company’s position as a market leader, delivering innovative solutions to help transform the investment research industry.  

Smartkarma was recognized for its unique marketplace model, which is changing the economics of the investment research industry. Smartkarma clients are provided unlimited access to research from over 70 contributing firms whom offer unconflicted and unmatched analysis and transparency into the Asian markets, helping global institutional investors drive their investment strategies.

Smartkarma’s unique platform not only delivers a high quality, efficient and cost effective solution in response to the lack of transparency and efficiency in the status quo, it helps investors meet evolving regulatory requirements under MIFID II. The Smartkarma platform also facilitates collaboration amongst research providers, breaking down the traditional silos that have existed in the market. Smartkarma fosters a community amongst research professionals where knowledge and expertise can be shared, resulting in new insight and a higher quality research product for clients. Its proprietary technology, including its predictive search engine, curates every piece of research and matches it to investor mandates, helping clients manage portfolio risk and stay abreast of evolving financial issues.

“FOW’s recognition validates our efforts to spark a revolution in the creation and consumption of investment insight,” says Raghav Kapoor, CEO and Co-Founder, Smartkarma. “The industry is in need of change and we are honored that the Smartkarma platform has been recognized for helping it achieve those goals.

The FOW Asia Award for Best New Technology – Trading and Execution, recognizes a company which has solved a problem creatively, opened up new possibilities, or changed the way participants approach the market.

About Smartkarma:

As a trusted information source, Smartkarma provides unconflicted and unmatched analysis, transparency and context into the Asian markets, helping global institutional investors confidently drive their investment strategies. Unlike traditional research companies, Smartkarma combines intelligence from the world’s premier analysts, academics, data scientists and strategists in one unique ecosystem. This customizable platform helps investors optimize research spending and enhance returns while accessing the widest range of global analysis of the Asian markets available.

We are on a bold mission to change the way market participants engage with research. By creating a new model for investors to collaborate, add and extract value from our tested and uniquely positioned global community, we are changing the research landscape for global investors. For more information visit us at www.smartkarma.com.

Media Contact:

Articulate Communications for Smartkarma
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 212 255 0080

Tim Bruenjes, Former Head of APAC Equity Trading at PIMCO joins Smartkarma

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Smartkarma responds to increasing global demand for collaborative investment research platform with key European hire

Singapore and Frankfurt, Germany, September 5, 2016 – Smartkarma, the premier collaborative marketplace for Asian investment research and analysis, announced today that Tim Bruenjes has joined its growing team in Europe. Following the completion of another successful funding round, which brings total investment to date to USD 7.5 million, this key European hire will help Smartkarma continue on its mission to deliver much needed change to the global investment research industry.

Tim joins Smartkarma in a newly created role based in Frankfurt, Germany, reporting to the Head of Business Development. He will focus on driving the company’s further expansion into European markets, utilising his experience running multi-asset trading desks across Asia. Tim’s background as Head of APAC Equity Trading at PIMCO and before that at Deutsche Asset Management Asia makes him uniquely qualified to recognise the strength of the Smartkarma business model and the opportunities it brings to investors and research analysts alike.

“The role of research in the investment model is changing. Not just because of regulatory pressure, but because the market is demanding change,” says Tim Bruenjes, Global Business Development, Smartkarma. “Smartkarma has a unique offering that brings together investors and insight providers to deliver a higher quality of research, to a wider market, at a transparent and realistic price point. I’m thrilled to be joining such a dynamic team that has acted on this need.”

“Europe is a natural market for Smartkarma as European asset managers grapple with the new MIFIDII requirements,” says Jon Foster, Chairman and Co-Founder, Smartkarma. “Currently, 35% of our clients are based in Europe, a number which is expected to grow significantly with the enhanced focus on regulation. Tim brings a deep understanding of the asset management industries in Asia and Europe and this unique vantage point makes him the perfect person to champion Smartkarma’s growth across the continent.”

Smartkarma is radically changing the way global institutional investors create, distribute and consume investment insights. Through a single subscription, clients gain unlimited access to a large, fast growing pool of Insight Providers, which together make up the widest range of analysis on the Asian markets available. The company came out of closed beta in April 2016 and is now used by over 140 global professional institutions, with over 70 Insight Providers delivering insight onto the platform.

For press and analyst inquiries please contact:
Articulate Communications for Smartkarma
[email protected]
+1 212 255 0080

To request a demo, please contact us at [email protected].
To download the Smartkarma Press Kit please visit press.smartkarma.com.

About Smartkarma

Smartkarma is an independent financial research platform that is radically changing the way market participants create, distribute and consume investment insights. As a trusted and unbiased information source, we provide differentiated research and transparency into the Asian markets that global institutional investors need to confidently drive their investment strategies. We combine intelligence from the world’s premier analysts, academics, data scientists and industry experts in one collaborative marketplace to help investors improve efficiencies, enhance returns, and optimize their research spend while accessing the widest range of global analysis of the Asian markets available.

We are on a bold mission to change the way market participants engage with research. By creating a new model for investors to collaborate, add and extract value from our tested and uniquely positioned global community, we are changing the research landscape for global investors. For more information visit us at www.smartkarma.com.

Smartkarma raises $4.7million USD; Positions its Premier Collaborative Research Marketplace for Global Leadership

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Latest investment brings total raised to $7.5 million USD

New York/Singapore, June 1, 2016 – Smartkarma, the premier collaborative marketplace for Asian investment research and analysis, has closed its second strategic funding round, raising $4.7million USD to further expand its unique investment research offering.

Smartkarma’s platform officially launched from closed beta in April 2016. This funding will be used to build on a number of key milestones already achieved during its first year of operations. These include usage by 140 global professional institutions, a 267% year on year growth in platform activity, and a sharp acceleration in the number of Insight Providers joining the platform.

The latest round brings the total capital raised to $7.5million USD, with investments from five institutions including Wavemaker Partners, Jungle Ventures, an arm of the Singapore government, an investment group led by Mr. Koh Boon Hwee, former Chairman of Singapore Telecommunications, as well as several prominent industry leaders such as Mr. Tan Chin Hwee.

“Smartkarma’s global client base is expanding rapidly and our relevance in today’s investment research industry is undeniable given the final MiFID II rules announced this year,” says Raghav Kapoor, CEO and Co-Founder of Smartkarma. “We are thrilled to be driving industry change by providing a radically different approach for the creation and consumption of investment insight. The success of this funding round is testament to our model.”

“In Smartkarma, we see the makings of a global leader looking to positively transform an industry that is in need of profound change. We are very excited to be working alongside them in supporting their mission and achieving long-term success,” said Mr. Koh Boon Hwee, former Chairman of Singapore Telecommunications.

Smartkarma intends to build on its global momentum by further growing its ecosystem of Insight Providers and expanding platform offerings. These would include the addition of sophisticated research applications, complementary data services and engagement tools. “We like to invest in businesses that fundamentally change the economics of an existing industry,” said Amit Anand, Founding Partner of Singapore based Jungle Ventures. “We are very excited about partnering with the team at Smartkarma as they look to reshape the financial research industry in Asia and beyond.” Smartkarma is also working with government agency International Enterprise (IE) Singapore to further its expansion into overseas markets.

Smartkarma is radically changing the way global institutional investors create, distribute and consume investment insights. Through a single subscription, clients gain unlimited access to a large, fast growing pool of Insight Providers, which together make up the widest range of analysis on the Asian markets available.

“Smartkarma is positively impacting the global research paradigm. Smartkarma not only provides better research, as it is able to access a broader intellectual base, but it also assures its ultimate end users that the content is free from any biases and conflicts,” said Paul Santos, Managing Partner of Wavemaker Partners.

For press and analyst inquiries please contact:
Articulate Communications for Smartkarma
[email protected]
+1 212 255 0080

To request a demo, please contact us at [email protected].
To download the Smartkarma Press Kit please visit press.smartkarma.com.

About Smartkarma

Smartkarma is an independent financial research platform that is radically changing the way market participants create, distribute and consume investment insights. As a trusted and unbiased information source, we provide differentiated research and transparency into the Asian markets that global institutional investors need to confidently drive their investment strategies. We combine intelligence from the world’s premier analysts, academics, data scientists and industry experts in one collaborative marketplace to help investors improve efficiencies, enhance returns, and optimize their research spend while accessing the widest range of global analysis of the Asian markets available.

We are on a bold mission to change the way market participants engage with research. By creating a new model for investors to collaborate, add and extract value from our tested and uniquely positioned global community, we are changing the research landscape for global investors. For more information visit us at www.smartkarma.com.

Smartkarma Launches Collaborative Marketplace To Radically Change Investment Research and Analysis

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Unique platform enables seamless access to world’s widest range of Asian financial markets analysis, all for a single subscription

New York/Singapore, April 12, 2016 – Smartkarma, the premier collaborative marketplace for Asian investment research and analysis, has officially launched from closed beta. Smartkarma is radically changing the way global institutional investors create, distribute and consume investment insights. Through a single subscription, clients gain unlimited access to a large, fast growing pool of Insight Providers, which together make up the widest range of analysis on the Asian markets available.

Having started operations in a closed beta in January 2015, Smartkarma now has over 70 contributing firms, 400 individual insight providers and over 100 institutions using the platform. It combines intelligence from the world’s premier analysts, academics, data scientists and strategists, all in one unique ecosystem. At its core lies a predictive search engine that curates every piece of research and matches it in real-time with investor mandates. This helps clients manage portfolio risk and stay abreast of evolving, complex financial issues without having to subscribe to every voice on the street. It also provides tools to facilitate real-time public or private discussions between clients and Insight Providers that build additional value around insights via collaboration and conversation.

Scott Burns, Global Head of Asset Management Solutions, Morningstar comments, “The way professional investors access and consume research is undergoing dramatic change. Platforms like Smartkarma are leading the way and facilitating this change by creating new, technology driven avenues for research consumers and producers to connect. Being on the Smartkarma platform will give our existing clients a new way to search and find our research while also helping us gain exposure to new clients utilizing the platform.”

Smartkarma enables investors to take advantage of an unrivalled focus on content, a diverse range of global authors, and powerful search and sort features on a cloud based platform that enables access from anywhere, anytime. By creating a community of research analysis and end users, Smartkarma customers are better able to impact alpha generation, meet new regulatory requirements around unbundling and drive higher investment returns.

“The Smartkarma community is on a mission to challenge conventional thinking and change how we view, value and drive idea generation to foster a new standard of industry dialogue and cooperation,” says Raghav Kapoor, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Smartkarma. “Smartkarma has proposed a whole new business model to change industry economics. Through Smartkarma, clients pay a single subscription to get unlimited, yet personalized access to a large, fast growing pool of high quality diverse insight providers that are predominantly based in-country and collaborating real time. Insight Providers receive transparent, monthly payments based on their quantified value-add. In this manner, Smartkarma breaks down traditional silos, and brings efficiency to a global industry that has long suffered from opaque pricing and bloated cost structures.”

In just over a year since inception, Smartkarma has already published over 2,300 individual insights, representing an average of over 16% month-on-month growth in published research. A testament to the success of Smartkarma’s unique subscription model, this body of work has been viewed over 375,000 times. Platform activity is up threefold in the last 12 months, and growing 50% quarter-on-quarter.

For press and analyst inquiries please contact:
Articulate Communications for Smartkarma
[email protected]
+1 212 255 0080

To request a demo, please contact us at [email protected].
To download the Smartkarma Press Kit please visit press.smartkarma.com.

About Smartkarma

Smartkarma is an independent financial research platform that is radically changing the way market participants create, distribute and consume investment insights. As a trusted and unbiased information source, we provide differentiated research and transparency into the Asian markets that global institutional investors need to confidently drive their investment strategies. We combine intelligence from the world’s premier analysts, academics, data scientists and industry experts in one collaborative marketplace to help investors improve efficiencies, enhance returns, and optimize their research spend while accessing the widest range of global analysis of the Asian markets available.

We are on a bold mission to change the way market participants engage with research. By creating a new model for investors to collaborate, add and extract value from our tested and uniquely positioned global community, we are changing the research landscape for global investors. For more information visit us at www.smartkarma.com.