our business

First Derivatives (FD) is a software and services company with world-leading intellectual property in ultra-high-performance analytics (Kx) and extensive domain knowledge and capabilities in capital markets systems and technology.

Kx technology addresses one of the largest and most demanding challenges in analytics, namely how to capture and analyse data to make real-time decisions in a world where data volumes are increasing exponentially, and existing technologies fail due to technological or commercial limitations.
Kx technology is widely adopted throughout the global financial industry, at banks, hedge funds and exchanges, and is employed across a range of data-intensive arenas, from high-frequency trading to market data storage and analysis. With this pedigree, Kx is now expanding across multiple sectors challenged by increasing data volumes and the need to make rapid, informed operational decisions.

Managed Services and Consulting

FD provides a range of services worldwide to its clients in the capital markets sector, focused on supporting mission-critical systems as well as helping them to achieve and maintain regulatory compliance. These services can be delivered by operating either from the client site or on a near-shore basis (or adopting a hybrid approach). Clients include many of the world’s leading banks with FD supporting their activities across a range of operations including credit, interest rate, foreign exchange, equity, cash and derivatives markets. For more than 20 years FD has built a reputation for client-centric delivery that has enabled consistent growth from a growing base of repeat revenue.

OUR Kx PLATFORM

As well as its world-leading performance, Kx also stands out for the fact that it provides a single integrated platform to efficiently analyse vast datasets. Deployable from chip to edge to cloud, the power of the Kx platform has the capacity to disrupt industries, providing both high performance and low total cost of ownership.
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Our Kx Platform

OUR JOURNEY SO FAR

Our Journey so far

OUR GLOBAL REACH

15 Locations
4 Continents
2,400 + Employees

CURRENT MARKETS & OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH

Finance

Finance

Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing

Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Utilities

Utilities

Internet of Things

Internet of Things

Energy

Energy

Automotive

Automotive

Industrial

Industrial

Telecoms

Telecoms

Precision Manufacturing

Precision Manufacturing

Kx has been deployed for numerous use cases, initially based on the capture and analysis of market data. In recent years a broad range of capital markets applications has been developed, including market and trading surveillance, pre-trade decision making, post-trade reporting and liquidity management.

The Group provides a suite of services to its clients in the capital markets sector across the world, focused on supporting mission-critical systems as well as helping them to achieve and maintain regulatory compliance. There is considerable scope for further growth in capital markets, both from gaining new clients and providing additional software and services to the existing client base.

Although financial services will to remain the dominant client sector in the medium term, the Group increasingly sees opportunities for its Kx technology, and applications built on the platform, in new markets outside finance.

The Group has identified digital marketing (MarTech), utilities, precision manufacturing, automotive, telecoms and the Industrial Internet of Things as markets that are particularly attractive. It has therefore invested in sales, engineering and R&D to target these markets, as well as forming partnerships and making acquisitions where appropriate.