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Banco Espirito Santo Selects Calypso Technology For Front Office Derivatives Trading

The Calypso system will support the bank’s trading of cross-derivative products, including interest rate, credit, equity, FX and commodity derivatives from an integrated trading, risk management and processing platform.

Calypso Technology, a global application software provider of an integrated trading, risk and processing platform to financial institutions and corporate treasuries, announced that Banco Espirito Santo SA (BES), an international Portugal-based commercial bank, has selected Calypso Technology's front office module to support their trading of a wide range of financial derivatives.

By selecting the Calypso system, BES will have a platform that will enable the bank to multiply its business capacity by offering services across multiple asset classes, the vendor said in a release.

The Calypso system will support the bank's trading of cross-derivative products, including interest rate, credit, equity, FX and commodity derivatives from an integrated trading, risk management and processing platform. The Calypso system provides out of the box interfacing with price information from Reuters foundation API, Bloomberg data license, Markit reference IDs and asset pricing service, as well as the DTCC.

Pedro Cruchinho, financial markets senior manager at BES, explains: "We were looking for a system that would enable us to maintain innovation, improve customer service and increase profitability. It was also important that the solution could be rolled out across numerous geographical locations that are connected and managed from our current central production environment. The relationship that we have formed with Calypso Technology affirms our strong brand image by forming an alliance with a premier partner, and will enable us to grow, expand geographically and achieve cost savings through consolidation of our system infrastructure," he continued.

The bank is already deploying the Calypso system for back office processing and accounting for FX Spot, FX swaps, FX Forwards and non-deliverable forwards (NDF). BES is planning to add more asset classes to the Calypso back office platform later this year, with Money Markets being the first priority.

"We are extremely pleased to be working with BES, and the selection of Calypso's front and back office modules by BES demonstrates our continued success in Southern Europe," comments Charles Marston, CEO and chairman, Calypso Technology. "We are committed to supporting institutions that wish to sustain growth and develop both regionally and globally. We look forward to expanding our business in the region."

Melanie Rodier has worked as a print and broadcast journalist for over 10 years, covering business and finance, general news, and film trade news. Prior to joining Wall Street & Technology in April 2007, Melanie lived in Paris, where she worked for the International Herald ... View Full Bio

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