Waters Rankings 2019: All the Winners

This year's Rankings featured several companies that were involved in major acquisitions over the last 12 months.

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At this year’s Rankings luncheon, held on July 10 at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York, Bloomberg walked away as the big winner, taking home four categories, followed by S&P Global Market Intelligence, which won three categories.

Perhaps most interesting, though, was the number of companies that won that were also involved in a major acquisition recently. The list includes SS&C Eze (formerly Eze Software), Charles River Development (now a part of State Street), and Refinitiv (formerly Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk business), and several other firms on the list added to their suite of services with strategic acquisitions. As the old saying (sort of) goes, why try and re-invent the wheel when you can make a smart purchase to add that expertise. It will be interesting to see if these companies continue to impress our readers, who voted on these awards, in 2020 following major shakeups.

Detailed write-ups as to why each of these firms won will follow in the coming weeks, but for now, here are all the winners from this year’s Waters Rankings.

Category Company
Best Agency Broker ITG
Best Crossing Network Provider Instinet
Best Reconciliation Management Provider SmartStream Technologies 
Best Algorithmic Trading Provider Clearpool Group
Best Artificial Intelligence Technology Provider MarketAxess
Best Sell-Side Order Management System (OMS) Provider Bloomberg
Best Buy-Side Order Management System (OMS) Provider SS&C Eze
Best Portfolio Management System Provider Charles River Development
Best Execution Management System (EMS) Provider Bloomberg
Best Performance Measurement and Attribution System Provider FactSet
Best Transaction-Cost Analysis (TCA) System Provider Tradeweb Markets
Best Enterprise Data Management (EDM) Systems Provider Eagle Investment Systems
Best Market Data Provider Bloomberg
Best Reference Data Provider Bloomberg
Best Alternative Data Provider S&P Global Market Intelligence 
Best Corporate Actions Solution Provider SIX
Best Low-Latency Data Feed Provider Refinitiv
Best Data Analytics Provider S&P Global Market Intelligence 
Best Distributed-Ledger Technology Provider AlphaPoint
Best AML Compliance Solution Provider NICE Actimize
Best Market Risk Solution Provider Wolters Kluwer
Best Credit Risk Solution Provider Numerix
Best Market Surveillance Provider S&P Global Market Intelligence 
Best Reporting System Provider Moody’s Analytics 
Best Accounting System Provider SS&C Advent 
Best Cyber-Security Provider Eze Castle Integration 
Best Outsourcing Service Provider Broadridge Financial Solutions
Best Trading Floor Communication System Provider IPC Systems
Best Network Provider BT
Best Mobile Solutions Provider FIS
Best Cloud-Based Application Provider SS&C Salentica
Best Cloud Infrastructure Provider Genesis Global Technology
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