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Fidessa Group plc
Public limited company
Traded as LSEFDSA
Industry Software
Founded 1981
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Key people
John Hamer (Chairman of the board)
Chris Aspinwall (CEO)
David Taylor (Founder)
Products Trading systems, market data
Revenue £295.5 million (2015)[1]
£38.8 million (2015)[1]
£29.5 million (2015)[1]

Fidessa Group plc is a British-headquartered company which provides software and services such as trading systems to clients in the financial services sector. The firm also provides market data and related services to buy side and sell side financial services customers.

The company is headquartered in Woking with offices in London, New York City, Chicago, Boston, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris, Toronto, San Francisco, Belfast, Singapore, Bahrain, Sydney and São Paulo. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 250 Index.


The Company was originally founded in 1981 as Intercom Data Systems (IDS): it was later renamed royalblue Group plc,[2] and consisted of two separate operating divisions, royalblue Financial and royalblue Technologies. royalblue Financial concentrated on the financial trading platform that has become Fidessa today, and royalblue Technologies centred on two separate products - rostrvm,[3] a call centre technology platform, and HelpDesk for Windows. It has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since 1997.[4]

With the group's core trading platform, Fidessa, being better known in the market place, the Royalblue Group plc changed its name to Fidessa Group plc following shareholder approval at the AGM held in April 2007.[5]

In April 2007 the company also bought out the privately owned buy side trading provider LatentZero.[6] This was then rebranded as Fidessa LatentZero.[7]

In November 2008, Fidessa launched its Fidessa Fragmentation Index (FFI).[8] This helps to show how fragmented stocks are across exchanges following the MiFID European landscape. Since its inception it has highlighted as one of the most interesting technical developments in the financial sector in 2008 by Finextra.[9] The FFI project was extended in November 2009 with the launch of the award winning Fragulator.[10] In April 2011 Fidessa launched the Tradalyzer that provides detailed trading analysis.[11]


Market penetration[edit]

As of early 2009, around 70% of all securities transactions in London were reportedly handled by Fidessa systems.[12]



A sell-side suite providing trading, market data, order management and execution capabilities which is used by 85% of the tier one global equity brokers.[13]

A buy-side suite comprising three main products: Minerva, Sentinel, and Tesseract. Sentinel is used by 8 out of 10 of the largest global asset managers for pre-trade and post-trade compliance checks. It was named Buy-Side Product Of The Year in 2008 and 2009.[14]

FIX Network

In addition to a trading platform, Fidessa hosts a broker neutral FIX-enabled execution network. This has a large number of brokers connected to it and is similar to other inhouse FIX networks, such as the LSE Hub, the SunGard Transaction Network (STN) and Thomson Reuters subsidiary TradeWeb's Autex Trade Route.[15]


  1. ^ a b c "Annual Report 2015" (PDF). Fidessa. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Royalblue Group Forbes, 2000
  3. ^ "UK contact centre software - Rostrvm Solutions Ltd". Rostrvm Solutions Ltd. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Fidessa. "Fidessa // About Fidessa". Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Royalblue to change name, looking for acquisitions". Reuters. 12 February 2007. 
  6. ^ Royalblue to acquire LatentZero press release, 17 April 2007
  7. ^ "Fidessa LatentZero Minerva OEMS provides access to FX Connect". Bobsguide. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Fidessa Fragmentation Index". Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Financial Industry Trading News - Algorithmic Trading News - Automated Trader". Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Fragulator® NEW!". Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  11. ^ Fidessa unveils Tradalyzer in Canada Automated Trader, 17 August 2011
  12. ^ Sandle, Paul (16 February 2009). "Fidessa beats FY forecasts, sees 2009 growth". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  13. ^ About Fidessa
  14. ^ Sentinel and EMS Workstation take top awards at Buy-Side Technology Awards
  15. ^ "Tradeweb to Offer Access to Asian Dark Pool BlocSec". Wall Street and 5 October 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 

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