Calypso Technology, a global application software provider of an integrated trading, risk and processing platform to financial institutions and corporate treasuries, announced today that Crédit Agricole CIB, the corporate and investment banking division of the Crédit Agricole Group, and one of the world's top 10 largest banks, has gone live in 23 locations across EMEA, APAC and the Americas with the Calypso system to support its global back office processing of FX, Money Market and FX derivative products.
Crédit Agricole CIB is using the Calypso system as their strategic global back-office solution for processing FX, Money Market and FX derivatives. The Calypso platform is centrally installed in Paris, providing remote access to 23 locations worldwide, leveraging functionality for workflow, back-office position management, trade confirmation, settlement and payments, cash transfers, reporting, auditing and event processing. Although the Calypso solution is installed as a single instance, the flexible architecture of the system has allowed for local adaptations of the workflow, accounting rules, reporting and interfaces.
Fréderic Coudreau, Head of Capital Market Operations, Crédit Agricole CIB, explained, "Following a successful track record of working together, we knew that Calypso Technology shared our vision and ambition of creating a truly global back office platform. Our centralized Calypso solution delivers global visibility of positions and exposure in real-time, allowing us to be in control and respond quickly to changes in the market". Mr. Coudreau continued, "The project has enabled Credit Agricole CIB to automate and consolidate back office operations on a global, enterprise-wide basis for multiple treasury, FX and FX derivative products. In many regions our STP rate has increased to 98%, and across the board there has been a reduction in IT and operational risk. Furthermore, we have seen improved customer service through the comprehensive reporting system, which was easily adapted to meet regional requirements. Calypso Technology has delivered an impressive global platform for growth, allowing us to expand rapidly and enter new markets with ease knowing that we can meet specific local requirements through simple system configuration."
Crédit Agricole CIB was seeking a solution which could offer an architecture that was modern, open and flexible and could cope with FX trading volatility. Equally, the platform needed to be able to process a high volume of trades and a large variety of products, offering scalability. A system that could regionally adapt to local requirements and support multi-currency trading while providing flexible workflow were also key requirements.
Crédit Agricole CIB is a long-time customer of Calypso Technology, this is one of its three installations of a Calypso system. Following the initial signing of a real time STP back-office system for fixed-income assets in May 2000, the bank decided in 2006 to extend their usage of the Calypso system to create a strategic back office platform for treasury, FX and FX derivative products to support the business' global nature, allowing multi-currency, multi-time zone and 24/7 trading. In 2008, the bank made the decision to also use the Calypso system for global cash management after a thorough evaluation process.
"This project is a great example of how one of our customer relationships has evolved and resulted in the implementation of a Calypso solution across four continents," commented Charles Marston, CEO and chairman, Calypso Technology. "For over a decade, Crédit Agricole CIB and Calypso Technology have built a long lasting partnership. This is testament to the quality of the systems in place, and the relationships established between those involved from both parties. We are extremely pleased by this development and look forward to working with Crédit Agricole CIB in the future."