Athora selects SimCorp Dimension to scale for growth in Europe

2 December 2019

SimCorp, a leading provider of investment management solutions and services to the global financial services industry, today announces that it has signed a license agreement with a subsidiary of Athora Holding Ltd. (“Athora”), a specialist insurance and reinsurance group with consolidated assets of approximately €15 billion. SimCorp Dimension will provide Athora with advanced accounting functionality to support its back-office operations with accounting, financial and regulatory reporting across the European markets. With scale and agility being a key driver, Athora joins a growing number of SimCorp clients globally, who are opting to use SimCorp Dimension as-a-service, to facilitate growth and responsiveness to changing market conditions. 

An established insurance and reinsurance group, Athora has a firm focus on the European insurance market, with its principal operational subsidiaries in Belgium, Germany, Ireland and Bermuda. The decision to optimize its investment operations with SimCorp Dimension as-a-service, will facilitate increased automation across invested asset classes, all in one core system. The selection will support Athora with greater operational efficiencies, enabling it to more effectively compete in the market.

Athora will leverage SimCorp Dimension’s integrated Investment Book of Record (IBOR) and Accounting Book of Record (ABOR) as the basis for fund administration, collateral management, settlement and reporting. The solution will also enable Athora to effectively manage the increasing amount of regulatory compliance impacting insurance firms across Europe today, including Solvency II.  

Patrick O’Grady, Director Finance Strategy, Investments & Implementation at Athora comments: “We have chosen SimCorp Dimension because we see it as the best solution on the market to provide the level of automation, flexibility and functional coverage for which we have been looking. With its integrated view across various accounting frameworks such as IFRS, local and groupwide accounting standards, and dedicated regulatory monitoring, SimCorp Dimension delivers a significantly more efficient way to operate. Opting for SimCorp Dimension as-a-service improves our operational efficiency and supports our growth ambitions.” 

Hans Otto Engkilde, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, UK, Northern Europe & Middle East, SimCorp comments: “We are delighted to welcome Athora to the SimCorp community, and to the growing number of SimCorp Dimension as-a-service clients. Consolidating investment operations tackles the operational complexity that exists in the buy side today, both in terms of operations but also challenges posed by external events, such as regulation and the search for liquidity. By cutting the cost of infrastructure and taking advantage of an agile operational experience, Athora will benefit from the scalability needed to competitively support its growth strategy.” 

Enquiries regarding this announcement should be addressed to:

Mittal Shah, SimCorp PR UK/North America /Asia +44 207 397 8072 mittal.shah@simcorp.com

Anders Crillesen, SimCorp Corporate Communications +45 3544 0000 anders.crillesen@simcorp.com

About SimCorp

SimCorp provides integrated, best-in-class investment management solutions to the world’s leading asset managers, fund managers, asset servicers, pension and insurance funds, wealth managers, banks and sovereign wealth funds. Regardless of how you deploy it, SimCorp’s core solution, SimCorp Dimension®, and its life-cycle services support the entire investment value chain and range of instruments, all based on a market-leading IBOR. SimCorp invests around 20% of its annual revenue in R&D, helping clients develop their business and stay ahead of ever-changing industry demands. Listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen, SimCorp is a global company, regionally covering all of Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit www.simcorp.com

About Athora

Athora is a specialised insurance and reinsurance group fully focused on the European market. Athora dedicates its focus, capital, time and technical insights to offering its customers a stable, long-term performance on its products. Athora's principal subsidiaries are Athora Belgium N.V./S.A. (Brussels), Athora Lebensversicherung AG (Wiesbaden, Germany), Athora Ireland plc (Dublin) and Athora Life Re Ltd. (Bermuda). The Athora group employs some 800 staff and has more than 800,000 policyholders for total consolidated assets of approximately € 15 billion. On 7 June 2019, Athora announced the acquisition of leading Dutch insurance holding company VIVAT N.V. For further information, go to: www.athora.com

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