Contineo Wins Best New Multi-dealer Platform- Asian Private Banker

Contineo, Asia’s largest messaging network and data provider for structured products, was awarded Best Multi-dealer Platform in the prestigious Asian Private Banker Awards this week.The winners of the awards are determined by votes from ‘the region’s leading gatekeepers who select the most distinguished providers in the industry.’ CEO Mark Munoz said the award was a great testament to the role Contineo plays in bringing the structured product industry together.

“As a small company we are humbled to be recognized for a second year in a row,” he said. “Contineo was conceived to serve the structured product community – first as a network, then as the only company to offer unique insights into the holistic data story of the Asian market. Our consortium continues to grow as does the depth of the capabilities we offer our members.”

Contineo’s subscriber base has more than doubled since 2016 and the firm now serves ten private banks and 15 investment banks from its base in Hong Kong.

“Contineo continues to invest in technology and work with the industry globally to bring new tools and insights to the Asian marketplace,” said Munoz. “In short order we will be announcing a brand new service to our client base which the team and I are very excited about, and it demonstrates our innovation that is recognized by the Asian Private Banker Awards.”

For interviews with Mark Munoz:
Kristin Westlake, The Continuum Partners kwestlake@thecontinuumpartners.com

+61 416 219 358

ABOUT CONTINEO

Contineo is the first industry supported, open messaging network for private banks and wealth management firms to access issuers of structured products. It is also the first firm to offer structured product data feeds, illuminating this previously opaque market for the very first time. Together we are a community with a shared vision and purpose.

We believe that technology should be intuitive, easy to access, and available to all participants. This means creating an open messaging standard in concert with the buy-side and sell-side, and enabling access to all parties, including other certified technology vendors.

This mission is shared by our current subscribers, who recognise the importance of an open, efficient and transparent network.


Contineo hires Per Nordstrom as Head of Sales

Contineo, the industry-backed messaging network for equity-linked structured products, today announced the appointment of Per Nordstrom to drive business growth.CEO Mark Munoz said Mr Nordstrom’s strong international structured product experience was ideal to boost Contineo’s continued growth in Asia.

“Contineo has established a leadership position as the structured product network and data provider for Asia over the past two years,” he said. “As we continue to grow our client base and product suite, Per’s expertise in our space will be invaluable in driving new strategic wins for our business.”

Mr Nordstrom has worked across the structured products industry from trading and syndication to sales, in London, Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong. His former roles include Head of Sales and Fixed Income Trading at SEB, and Director roles at Standard Chartered and UBS. He holds qualifications from the Westminster Business School in London and Stanford University.

“I’ve admired Contineo since its launch in 2015 – I believe this cooperative, data-driven approach is brining huge benefits to our industry,” Mr Nordstrom said. “It’s very exciting to join at this time as the company matures and readies for the next phase of its growth.”

For interviews with Mark Munoz:
Kristin Westlake, The Continuum Partners kwestlake@thecontinuumpartners.com

+61 416 219 358

ABOUT CONTINEO

Contineo is the first industry supported, open messaging network for private banks and wealth management firms to access issuers of structured products. It is also the first firm to offer structured product data feeds, illuminating this previously opaque market for the very first time. Together we are a community with a shared vision and purpose.

We believe that technology should be intuitive, easy to access, and available to all participants. This means creating an open messaging standard in concert with the buy-side and sell-side, and enabling access to all parties, including other certified technology vendors.

This mission is shared by our current subscribers, who recognise the importance of an open, efficient and transparent network.


Contineo Wins Outstanding Wealth Management Technology Award

19 October, 2016 (Hong Kong):Contineo, the industry-backed messaging network for equity-linked structured products, received a Highly Commended award for Outstanding Wealth Management Technology Initiative – Front End at the Private Banker International Wealth Awards in Singapore last week.

The awards, now in their 11th year, recognize international leaders in private wealth management. CEO Mark Munoz said the award cemented Contineo’s place in the private banking ecosystem as the firm prepared to launch new products.

“What’s important for us is that these awards are industry led, and we have received this one two years in a row” he said. “From the very beginning Contineo has been guided by and driven by our Subscribers. We work with all industry participants, buy-side, sell-side, technology vendors, regulators and more and this award really sets us apart in that context.”

Contineo originated as a communications hub for products including Equity Linked Notes; Knock-Out Equity Linked Notes; Accumulator; Decumulator; Fixed Coupon Notes; DRAN and OTC Options. The firm will launch new data products, currently in beta, in the next few weeks.

“Contineo continues to be recognized by the industry in award programs including Asia Multi-Issuer Platform of the Year at the annual Structured Products Asia Awards and Best Dealer Platform Asia Pacific,” said Mr Munoz. “I’m very excited about the initiatives we will be announcing next and their potential impact.”

For interviews with Mark Munoz:
Kristin Westlake, The Continuum Partners kwestlake@thecontinuumpartners.com

+61 416 219 358

ABOUT CONTINEO

Contineo is the first industry supported, open messaging network for private banks and wealth management firms to access issuers of structured products. Together we are a community with a shared vision and purpose.

We believe that technology should be intuitive, easy to access, and available to all participants. This means creating an open messaging standard in concert with the buy-side and sell-side, and enabling access to all parties, including other certified technology vendors.

This mission is shared by our current subscribers, who recognise the importance of an open, efficient and transparent network.


Contineo hires Celine Dong as Head of Strategic Partnerships

11 October 2016 (Hong Kong):Contineo, the industry-backed messaging network for equity-linked structured products, today announced the appointment of Celine Dong to drive business growth.

CEO Mark Munoz said Ms Dong’s global experience and relationships would greatly assist Contineo as the firm expanded into new products.

“Celine brings us international expertise in strategic development as well as the structured products space,” he said. “She has excellent networks across Asia and will be instrumental to the next phase of Contineo’s growth story.”

Ms Dong was most recently Head of Asia Pacific Business for the London Metal Exchange, driving UK-China business dealings and relationships. Prior to that she was a senior investment consultant at Towers Watson in the structured products area. She has also worked for Nomura in M&A. She holds an MSc International Accounting & Finance from Cass Business School in London and a BA (Hons) Economics from Cambridge.

“Contineo represents a fundamental change for the industry and has been very successful to date,” she said. “The company is gearing up to expand and that’s an exciting time to be joining to help really drive that growth.”

For interviews with Mark Munoz:
Kristin Westlake, The Continuum Partners kwestlake@thecontinuumpartners.com +61 416 219 358

ABOUT CONTINEO

Contineo is the first industry supported, open messaging network for private banks and wealth management firms to access issuers of structured products. Together we are a community with a shared vision and purpose.

We believe that technology should be intuitive, easy to access, and available to all participants. This means creating an open messaging standard in concert with the buy-side and sell-side, and enabling access to all parties, including other certified technology vendors.

This mission is shared by our current subscribers, who recognise the importance of an open, efficient and transparent network.


Contineo wins Best Dealer Platform Asia Pacific

20 September, 2016 (Hong Kong):Contineo, the industry-backed messaging network for structured products, last night won Best Dealer Platform Asia Pacific for the second year running at the annual Structured Retail Products Awards in Hong Kong.

The award was based on votes from over 700 private, retail and investment banks across the region as well as peer reviews and revenue data. CEO Mark Munoz said the award cemented the position Contineo has carved in the market since first winning the award in 2015 not long after the firm’s launch.

“It’s very gratifying to see the team’s hard work rewarded in this way,” he said. “We’ve exceeded our own targets over the 15 months we’ve been live, and it’s nice to have the industry recognize what we’ve achieved.”

Contineo counts as clients the most top tier banks in Asia with a majority of flow in structured products, and recently added data analytics to its suite of services. Munoz said the support of the industry has been pivotal in Contineo’s growth to date.

“Contineo has always been an industry-wide initiative,” he said. “From our inception the business and open architecture technology has been designed to work with all industry participants, including other technology providers. A big thank-you from our team to everyone who voted for us and recognized the value we have brought to the market.”

For interviews with Mark Munoz:
Kristin Westlake, The Continuum Partners kwestlake@thecontinuumpartners.com +61 416 219 358

ABOUT CONTINEO

Contineo is the first industry supported, open messaging network for private banks and wealth management firms to access issuers of structured products. Together we are a community with a shared vision and purpose.

We believe that technology should be intuitive, easy to access, and available to all participants. This means creating an open messaging standard in concert with the buy-side and sell-side, and enabling access to all parties, including other certified technology vendors.

This mission is shared by our current subscribers, who recognise the importance of an open, efficient and transparent network.


Contineo wins Asia Multi-Issuer Platform of the Year

31 August, 2016 (Hong Kong):Contineo, the industry-backed messaging network for equity-linked structured products, last night won the Asia Multi-Issuer Platform of the Year at the annual Structured Products Asia Awards in Hong Kong.

CEO Mark Munoz said the award was particularly exciting this year due to the high level of client engagement activity in the wealth management technology space.

“It’s testament that the time was right to bring a solution that benefits all participants in the market and lead an open industry initiative. Competition drives innovation, and we welcome this recognition of our role in innovating for structured products in Asia.”

Contineo has enjoyed consistent growth over the past 14 months and currently works with fourteen counterparties on its network. It services over 40% of Asia’s top private banks, and has doubled its staff this year.

“It’s a very challenging time in our market, which means firms are seeking ways to lower costs and become more efficient,” Munoz said. “This is where Contineo excels. We’ve seen consistent growth on our network as more firms need better pricing transparency and want more compliant transaction and reporting tools. The market was ready to embrace this idea and our efforts to inform and empower our clients are recognized in winning this award.”

Contineo is a communications hub for products including Equity Linked Notes; Knock-Out Equity Linked Notes; Accumulator; Decumulator; Fixed Coupon Notes; DRAN and OTC Options.

For interviews with Mark Munoz:
Kristin Westlake, The Continuum Partners | kwestlake@thecontinuumpartners.com |+61 416 219 358

ABOUT CONTINEO

Contineo is the first industry supported open messaging network and community to access issuers of structured products.
From best price discovery to order fulfilment, our Subscribers benefit from comprehensive global market access and unique data analytics.
Contineo is proud to count the worlds leading private and investment banks as Subscribers. To learn more and see a demo please contact info@contineo.com.hk


New Data Service brings transparency to Structured Products for the first time

Contineo launches data products to inform financial service providers and market participants about the structured product market31 January, 2016 (Hong Kong)

Contineo, the network serving the wealth management industry, launched I/O, a suite of data products illuminating the market for equity-linked structured products. This is the first time such a large amount of data has been collated and analyzed to provide subscribers on the network insight into their business and performance, and provide other market participants with insight into this previously opaque market.

The service is useful to private banks, investment banks, and other financial institutions such as asset managers and hedge funds as well as media outlets, financial technology providers and the general structured product industry. Subscribers can utilize the service to assist relationship managers with more product insight and create efficiencies on the trading desk, or for the investment banks, to improve pricing and increase market depth.

“The launch of I/O represents a sizeable milestone in the evolution of the structured products space, said Contineo CEO Mark Munoz. “The data analytics and insights have never been available before and we think the applications will be really varied as market participants seek to understand this previously opaque part of the financial products landscape.”

I/O is a standalone set of products that includes proprietary analysis for Contineo subscribers, and anonymized market data. Proprietary analyses include executive dashboards at individual bank and whole-of-market level, which inform subscribers about internal performance at individual, team and firm level, as well as performance relative to other firms. The system also generates specific reports on request.
“Data confidentiality is essential for us,” Munoz highlighted. “We designed I/O so each bank’s data is protected, segregated, securely stored and remains private, and the market view is entirely anonymised.”

I/O also offers a data feed for service integration and document generation, bringing efficiencies to these processes for the first time. This offering allows for banks’ operations teams to work with the data sets directly to suit their specific internal needs. Both proprietary and market overview data can be delivered directly into user’s internal systems.

“I/O is an important step for Contineo,” said Munoz. “Having built the network and seen the growth in our volume, our next step was delivering the analytics this industry so desperately needs.”

For interviews with Mark Munoz:
Kristin Westlake, The Continuum Partners kwestlake@thecontinuumpartners.com

+61 416 219 358

ABOUT CONTINEO
Contineo is the first industry supported open messaging network and community to access issuers of structured products. From best price discovery to order fulfilment, our subscribers benefit from unique data analytics through a comprehensive global network.
Contineo is proud to count the world’s leading private and investment banks as subscribers. To learn more and see a demo please visit www.contineo.link or contact info@contineo.com.hk.


Contineo Wins Best New Product/Platform – Asian Private Banker

12 November, 2015 (Hong Kong):Contineo, the industry-backed messaging network for equity-linked structured products, was awarded Best New Product/Platform in the prestigious Asian Private Banker Awards today.

The awards recognise technology companies with ‘foresight and the ability to create innovation and efficiency at private banks.’ CEO Mark Munoz said the award was a pleasing addition to the many awards Contineo had won in the five months since its launch.

“We are in the company of very established global service providers, including Microsoft, as a winner in the Technology category,” he said. “It’s significant that this category is for more than just a platform, because in our short lifetime Contineo has already evolved. We are not just the best network for our asset class, but also a data provider for unique insights into what has previously been a completely opaque market.”

Contineo went live in June as a communications hub for products including Equity Linked Notes; Knock-Out Equity Linked Notes; Accumulator; Decumulator; Fixed Coupon Notes; DRAN and OTC Options. In the five months since go-live the firm has won awards for Best Multi-Issuer Platform Asia Pacific and Outstanding Wealth Management Technology Initiative – Front End.

“Contineo is growing fast,” said Munoz. “We have received great feedback from all of our subscribers and our unique edge is that we work with them, through our Advisory Committee, to determine what’s really important to the industry and make those things a reality. Contineo was developed by the industry, for the industry, and our success is reflected in accolades such as these.”

For interviews with Mark Munoz:

Kristin Westlake, The Continuum Partners kwestlake@thecontinuumpartners.com/ +61 416 219 358

ABOUT CONTINEO

Contineo is the first industry supported, open messaging network for private banks and wealth management firms to access issuers of structured products. Together we are a community with a shared vision and purpose. We believe that technology should be intuitive, easy to access, and available to all participants. This means creating an open messaging standard in concert with the buy-side and sell-side, and enabling access to all parties, including other certified technology vendors. This mission is shared by our current subscribers, who recognise the importance of an open, efficient and transparent network.


Contineo recognised for Outstanding Wealth Management Technology

Contineo, the industry-backed messaging network for equity-linked structured products, was awarded a Highly Commended award for Outstanding Wealth Management Technology Initiative – Front End at the Private Banker International Wealth Awards in Singapore on Friday. The awards, now in their 10th year, recognise global leaders in private wealth management. CEO Mark Munoz said the award was a welcome endorsement for the Contineo team.“These awards are based on nominations, and we are proud that the industry saw fit to nominate us.” he said. “Contineo is unique in that our network and products are designed by the industry, for the industry with our Advisory Group and subscribers driving the development agenda. Public recognition like this shows us that the industry is really on board with what we are doing.”

Contineo went live in June as a communications hub for products including Equity Linked Notes; Knock-Out Equity Linked Notes; Accumulator; Decumulator; Fixed Coupon Notes; DRAN and OTC Options. Since go-live the firm is also launching new data products to illuminate the ‘black hole of trading.’

“Contineo is developing a range of data products that will bring transparency to the structured product market for the first time.” he said. “We’ve had terrific feedback from our industry partners and look forward to bringing further insights to the industry in the near future.”

For interviews with Mark Munoz:

Kristin Westlake, The Continuum Partners kwestlake@thecontinuumpartners.com +61 416 219 358

ABOUT CONTINEO

Contineo is the first industry supported, open messaging network for private banks and wealth management firms to access issuers of structured products. Together we are a community with a shared vision and purpose. We believe that technology should be intuitive, easy to access, and available to all participants. This means creating an open messaging standard in concert with the buy-side and sell-side, and enabling access to all parties, including other certified technology vendors. This mission is shared by our current subscribers, who recognise the importance of an open, efficient and transparent network.


Contineo wins Best Multi-Issuer Platform Asia Pacific

Contineo, the industry-backed messaging network for equity-linked structured products, last night won Best Multi-Issuer Platform Asia Pacific at the annual Structured Retail Products Awards in Hong Kong.The award was based on votes from over 700 private, retail and investment banks across the region. CEO Mark Munoz said the award was testament to the traction Contineo had got in the market since going live in June. “This award is particularly valuable because it’s based on direct feedback from the industry,” he said. “From our inception, we have designed Contineo to fulfill the needs of both the buy- and sell-sides. Our product decisions are made with our Advisory Group, and we think this is key to being the best network that serves the entire industry. This makes our business unique in the space and we’re very proud to see that being publicly recognised.” Contineo went live exactly three months ago as a communications hub for products including Equity Linked Notes; Knock-Out Equity Linked Notes; Accumulator; Decumulator; Fixed Coupon Notes; DRAN and OTC Options. Munoz said the firm had received great feedback. “Thanks to the support of our subscribers, we continue to enhance our offering,” he said. “Our wholehearted thanks to all who voted for us, recognising the value we bring as the only neutral, unconflicted platform of our kind.”

For interviews with Mark Munoz:

Kristin Westlake, The Continuum Partners kwestlake@thecontinuumpartners.com/ +61 416 219 358

ABOUT CONTINEO

Contineo is the first industry supported, open messaging network for private banks and wealth management firms to access issuers of structured products. Together we are a community with a shared vision and purpose. We believe that technology should be intuitive, easy to access, and available to all participants. This means creating an open messaging standard in concert with the buy-side and sell-side, and enabling access to all parties, including other certified technology vendors. This mission is shared by our current subscribers, who recognise the importance of an open, efficient and transparent network.