Hatstand extends scope of services in the Middle East

Dubai landscape

Having established strong relationships with international clients for over 16 years, global capital markets specialist, Hatstand, continues to develop its offering overseas. Indeed, off the back of its continued international growth and an ever-expanding solution and services portfolio, Hatstand has recently moved its Middle Eastern offices and is now located on the 13th floor of the prestigious Emirates Financial Tower, Dubai.

Specialist Services

Earlier this year, the business announced the launch of its Cybersecurity Risk Assessment that enables businesses to better understand the current state of their preparedness against the risk of cyber attacks and identify any shortfalls within their existing governance programmes. Following the global success of its Cybersecurity briefings in Singapore, London and New York, Hatstand has a view to host a similar briefing in the Middle East next year, where it will be inviting local financial institutions, financial IT vendors and local authorities to join its experts in discussing key concerns and threats around cyber attacks and best practice in protecting company reputation and data.

Brad O’Brien CEO, Hatstand comments: “Cybersecurity directly affects clients’ data, networks, hardware, software, and operations so it is crucial that organisations have sound governance practices in place in order to protect them from theft, business disruption and destruction.

“Through our risk assessment model we act as an extension of a business’ existing strategy, and have a comprehensive understanding of the best practices required to meet industry standards.”

International Expertise

Hatstand takes a flexible approach to the services it offers and understands that one size doesn’t fit all. As a specialist consultancy, it tailors solutions to individual customers, and has the ability to assist financial institutions globally in gaining an accurate and comprehensive understanding of regulatory compliance combined with operational, technical and risks. It can identify any shortfalls within existing governance programmes.

Brad O’Brien adds: “We are a software enabling solutions provider focusing on Trading - Systems & Connectivity, Data Management, and Regulation & Risk. We have a highly experienced team based in the Middle East and with our level of expertise, and solutions and services portfolio growing, we will continue to help organisations meet all regulations within the United Arab Emirates.”

Trade shows and conferences

Networking with other industry leaders and financial market experts remains a priority for Hatstand and it recently attended the Financial Times’ Middle East Banking Forum, where conversations focused around how the technological, economic, political and social changes have altered the financial landscape and how banks need to be more versatile and agile to stay ahead.

Hatstand is also attending The Euromoney Qatar Conference 2015 on the 9th – 10th December, where it will join debates around new opportunities and new threats within the global financial market. Over the coming year Hatstand will be attending and exhibiting at more trade shows and conferences in the Middle East, where it will increase its presence in the region.

Brad O’Brien concludes: “We are pleased with Hatstand’s global growth to date and as well as offering our services to local and regional banks, we can also deliver our solutions to Islamic financial institutions and have plans to further build our relationships with all entities throughout the Middle East.”