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KOR Secures CFTC Approval to Become First Independent Swap Data Repository

KOR, a trade data processing and management platform for derivatives markets, has been registered by the primary US derivatives regulator, CFTC, as a licensed regulatory Swap Data Repository (“SDR”) for all asset classes and client segments. This is the first such approval granted by the CFTC since 2014, and the first cloud-native SDR. It comes eight months ahead of a critical compliance deadline in the U.S., intended to harmonize the entire derivatives reporting infrastructure.

The KOR SDR and complementary reporting services are live for testing and go into production in summer 2022. For the first time, participants will benefit from sub-second actionable analytics on submitted data, on-demand reports of full history, and insights to improve compliance processes and drive operational efficiencies.

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The U.S. reporting license is KOR’s first step in evolving reporting across global regulatory jurisdictions. The business is currently applying for an SEC Securities-Based SDR license with immediate plans for licenses in CanadaSingaporeAustralia, the UK and the EU in advance of pending regulatory changes.

“Regulatory reporting has been ripe for innovation for years,” said Jonathan Thursby, CEO and founder of KOR. “Participants have been limited to under-designed yet expensive systems providing the bare minimum to meet compliance requirements. We’ve created an alternative that takes a decade of global learning and bold technology designs to completely redefine every aspect of regulatory trade reporting. This way our clients can focus more on their core business with confidence.”

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Before founding KOR, Thursby was the founder and head of CME’s global regulatory reporting business from its inception in 2012 to the eventual sunsetting of the business in 2020. He is joined by co-founder Tara (Collier) Manuel, founder and former head of ICE’s global trade reporting and eConfirm businesses, along with an experienced team of industry professionals and technology pioneers.

KOR provides a Reporting-as-a-Service (RaaS) offering to complement its SDR, that together replace many common reporting functions and solve numerous systemic reporting challenges.

The 100% AWS cloud-native platform is combined with Confluent Cloud-powered infinite storage event-driven architecture. This enables KOR to deliver unprecedented speed, scale, data quality, analytics and machine learning insights.

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