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Zanders announces acquisition of Optimum Prime, enhancing its end-to-end services offerings

January 2024
4 min read

Utrecht, The Netherlands – January 11, 2024 – Zanders, a leading name in financial performance consulting, announces today the acquisition of the Dutch boutique software consultancy, Optimum Prime. This is a significant milestone in the journey toward enhancing its quantitative risk advisory capabilities and expands the service portfolio of Zanders to accelerate the financial risk models of financial institutions with high performance computing (HPC), machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI).

The integration of the Optimum Prime team is strengthening the capabilities of the Risk Advisory Group at Zanders, signifying a move poised to deliver significant value to Zanders and its clients. Integrating the experience team of Optimum Prime will introduce new dimensions to Zanders' services, creating a powerful constructive collaboration that benefits its global clients and the financial industry.

"As we embark on this transformative journey with the integration of Optimum Prime, we are excited about the wealth of expertise and innovative solutions this acquisition brings to Zanders. This is a pivotal moment in our commitment to delivering the unparalleled value of high-performance computing, risk management, and artificial intelligence to our clients. The complementary skills, technological advancements, and expanded reach position us as a stronger force in the financial consulting landscape. We look forward to leveraging this synergistic transaction to drive excellence, foster innovation, and exceed the expectations of our clients in the ever-evolving financial industry"

Laurens Tijdhof, CEO and Managing Partner, at Zanders.

Zanders gains a team with a proven track record in engineering and performance within the trading domain using Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). The collaboration is set to enhance the company’s market proposition, making it attractive not only to banks but also to other leading trading companies.

The acquisition strengthens Zanders' strategic initiatives in banks’ risk management domain, leveraging the extended reach of their channel partners and their vendor risk management system implementation expertise to address performance challenges.

“Joining forces with Zanders allows us to combine our specialized expertise in high-performance computing, risk management, and artificial intelligence with the esteemed reputation and global reach of Zanders. Together, we look forward to setting new industry benchmarks, pushing the boundaries of innovation, and delivering unmatched value to our clients. This collaboration signifies a powerful union of talent and capabilities, and we are excited about the positive impact it will have on the financial consulting landscape"

Pascal de Wit, co-founder of Optimum Prime.

As Zanders welcomes the talented team from Optimum Prime, this strategic transaction marks a new chapter in our commitment to providing innovative solutions to our clients. The combined expertise of both teams, positions Zanders as a formidable force in the financial consulting landscape.

About Optimum Prime:

Optimum Prime is a Dutch fintech company with years of experience in crafting innovative quantitative software solutions to global financial institutions, asset managers, insurers, and pension funds. The company specializes in developing bespoke quantitative models, high performance computing solutions, artificial intelligence, and machine learning algorithms. The company is a global solution partner for NVIDIA & AWS in the financial services industry, delivering optimal performance for trading books and bank risk management software. 

About Zanders:

Zanders is a global independent treasury and risk consulting firm with 30 years of experience in providing innovative solutions to multinational corporations, financial institutions, public sector entities and NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations). The company specializes in treasury strategy and organization, technology selection and implementation, financial and non-financial risk management, risk modelling, validations, and regulatory compliance, and has developed its own suite of innovative SaaS (Software as a Service) solutions on its Zanders Inside platform. The company has grown strongly to become a leading global consulting firm with about 375 employees across ten offices in Europe, Middle East, US, and Asia.

Zanders is committed to ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) principles and practices and supports its clients in achieving their ESG goals. The company believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)) are essential to building a strong, sustainable business and is committed to fostering a culture that values and respects diversity in all forms.

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