Financial services consultancy Axxsys Consulting opens Nordics office

25 April 2018 4 min. read
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Financial services consultancy firm Axxsys Consulting has expanded into the Nordics with the opening of an office in Copenhagen, Denmark. The locale is Axxsys’s fourth office globally, following London, Toronto and New York. 

Established in 2003, Axxsys Consulting is a IT consultancy firm to the asset management and hedge fund industry. The firm specialises in business analysis, systems specification and project delivery, with its services spanning from inception to implementation and training. 

The new office in Denmark’s capital city Copenhagen is according to Klaus Krarup, Director at Axxsys and Head of the Nordic Region, a move that is in response to increased demand from the firm’s existing client base. “Whilst we have been growing our international portfolio of clients, we have also been developing a strong client base in the Nordics for some time now, building a strong knowledge of the local markets and trends. More recently we have seen demand increase from our existing clients for on the ground consulting services.”

The hub, which is located at Flæsketorvet 68, will primarily serve the Danish market, but also the wider Nordic region, which includes Finland, Norway and Sweden. Combined the four countries host a consulting industry worth over €2,5 billion, with growth rates set to rise in the coming years on the back of an improving economic climate, both in the region as well as across Europe. 

Financial services consultancy Axxsys Consulting opens Nordics office

Krarup added that he also foresees a strong opportunity to acquire new clients in the Nordics, as “We are seeing demand increase from new/potential clients looking for strategic and implementation services.” 

International expansion

The expansion into Denmark is the third international venture for the London headquartered company. After servicing the Canadian market since 2009, Axxsys Consulting expanded into Toronto in 2013, and later that year the firm made a foray into the United States, which is the globe’s largest market for investment management (in terms of assets under management). Globally, the consulting firm now has a team of nearly 50 consultants. 

To staff the Copenhagen office, Axxsys Consulting has launched a recruitment drive. Krarup: “We are looking to recruit a number of new consultants locally and are interested in knowledgeable industry professionals with experience of working with some of the leading investment management vendor solutions.” 

Earlier this year, Axxsys Consulting was named one of the top consultancy firms in the European funds industry. Commenting on the award during the Funds Europe Awards ceremony held in London, Philip Ritchie, Director at Axxsys said “This is recognition of our progress since the business commenced trading almost 15 years ago. The recognition validates our business model, cultural values and relentless focus on delivering a world class service to our growing list of clients.  Most importantly this nomination underlines the professionalism, tenacity and expertise demonstrated by our consultants every day.

Asked about how Axxsys Consulting stands out in the competitive consulting market, Ritchie stated “At Axxsys, we have been developing our range of services that can deliver real value to firms looking for highly skilled industry professionals to help with business or technology integration projects. Our consultants have extensive experience of working with the technology vendor solutions, not just implementations but also ensuring the new technology platforms integrate efficiently into the existing business. This is where we are seeing the greatest demand for our services.”

Last year, Analysys Mason, a consulting firm for the telecom sector, entered the Nordic consulting industry with the acquisition of Nexia Management Consulting. Meanwhile, one of the top home grown Scandinavian consultancies, QVARTZ, has recently moved in the opposite direction, branching out across the globe, most recently into the Netherlands (through a joint venture with Boer & Croon) and India (through a partnership with UC Strategy).