Goldman Sachs, Pivot Investment Partners and Wells Fargo are leading a $16 million investment in Droit Financial Technologies (“Droit”), with participation from DRW, a principal trading firm. The Series A minority investment provides growth capital to accelerate the deployment of Droit’s real-time decision-making engine, which provides point-of-execution compliance for sales and trading systems at a broad range of financial institutions.
Droit, a New York-based financial technology company, addresses the increasingly complex issue of regulatory compliance through its innovative platform, ADEPT. The platform ensures that every transaction is executed across jurisdictional guidelines on a timely basis by producing thousands of automated trading decisions per second. Combining finance and computational law, ADEPT also establishes that clients are current with regulations and market microstructure across their entities, counterparties and geographies.
“Goldman Sachs is pleased to be both a user of and investor in Droit. The company’s success in creating its ADEPT platform gives the company an excellent opportunity to become the industry standard for regulatory-compliant decision engines, and we look forward to our continued cooperation,” said Joanne Hannaford, Managing Director, Technology at Goldman Sachs.
“With more complexity in global market regulation than ever before, Droit’s unique, leading-edge platform automates and standardizes regulatory compliant decision-making, and plays a critical role for market participants,” said Don Wilson, CEO of DRW.
Droit, the industry standard for complex, real-time, regulatory decision making, has onboarded a growing list of global financial institutions since its first live install in February 2014. Starting with Dodd-Frank, the platform has implemented more than 12 global regulatory regimes, with a complete MIFID 2 solution available to clients later this year. All regulatory frameworks are unified and managed within a single infrastructural solution, transparently driving both pre-execution eligibility and post-execution compliance.
“We’re delighted with the support received from our investors,” said Satya Pemmaraju, CEO of Droit. “They fully recognize the mandatory requirements of all trading firms to meet a vast, complex and constantly evolving array of global regulations and understand our business from the strategic perspectives of centralization, standardization, transparency and efficiency.”
The investment will be used to support the expansion of Droit’s operations globally, including the planned opening of an office in Singapore and a rapid expansion of the sales, support and marketing teams.
“We have been following Droit closely for the past two years and have been deeply impressed with the high-caliber team, its distinctive solution to a complex problem as well as the strong client momentum — and are now delighted to be investors,” said Dinkar Jetley, co-founder of
Pivot Investment Partners and former CEO of Worldwide Securities Services at J.P. Morgan Chase.
Droit was founded in 2012 by a team of veteran derivative traders, quants, ecommerce specialists and technologists with a mission to provide a robust, enterprise-wide infrastructure that facilitates compliant and optimal trading of derivatives across asset classes.