Who we are

Acuity Knowledge Partners is a leading provider of high-value research, analytics and business intelligence to the financial services sector. The company supports over 300+ financial institutions and consulting companies through a team of over 2,500+ subject matter experts who work as an extension of the clients’ teams based out of various global delivery centres.

We EMPOWER our clients to drive revenues higher. We INNOVATE using our proprietary technology and automation solutions. We enable our clients to TRANSFORM their operating model and cost base.

  • $3+ Billion

    in savings delivered

  • 300+

    Financial services clients

  • 2,500+

    SMEs

  • 24x7

    Support in 20 languages

Our impact

  • Asset and Private Wealth Managers
    Data Analytics for Global Top 5 Hedge Fund

    What we are proud of

    $1.2M

    in savings

    18,000

    hours of data management

    Read more about how we helped them
    How can we help asset and private wealth managers

    We combine in-depth capital markets expertise with strong research domain to present integrated solutions across asset classes and functions for asset managers, helping to improve investment performance, enhance client servicing, attract new client assets, and retain assets in the existing complex business environment, in addition to saving costs.

    See our services for Asset and Private Wealth Managers
  • Brokerages and Trading Firms
    Derivative Structuring for a Europe Based Investment Bank

    What we are proud of

    $350k

    in annualized cost savings

    5X

    increase in annual bespoke hedging pitches

    Read more about how we helped them
    How can we help brokerages and trading firms

    Brokerages and trading firms partner with Acuity Knowledge Partners to reduce cost per research output, increase operational flexibility, and improve productivity. We help to increase senior analysts’ bandwidth. By having Acuity Knowledge Partners take on 30 – 75% of their coverage initiation and maintenance-related process, in-house teams are able to spend more time with clients, generate additional new ideas, and expand coverage at a faster pace than their competitors

    See our services for Brokerages and Trading Firms
  • Commercial Banks
    US-based Commercial Bank

    What we are proud of

    $6m

    in savings

    18-20%

    more client facing time

    Read more about how we helped them
    How can we help commercial banks

    Our suite of solutions are designed to make material difference to banks’ abilities to originate and underwrite loans while remaining within their risk management framework. Through strategic partnerships, we help commercial banks generate operational efficiencies, support in driving revenue growth and effectively manage credit risk.

    See our services for Commercial Banks
  • Consulting and Corporate Firms
    Marketing Mix Modeling for a US-based Consumer Durables Firm

    What we are proud of

    20%

    increase in net sales opportunities

    12.7%

    improvement in incremental sales

    Read more about how we helped them
    How can we help consulting and corporate firms

    We design our offerings to provide support across multiple corporate divisions and help them manage change, capitalize on opportunities, improve operational efficiency, optimize costs, and increase agility and responsiveness in today’s ever-changing global business environment. We also help consulting and professional services firms to conduct proprietary and specialized research to answer questions that demonstrate the strategy element, critical problems, and conundrums faced by corporate clients for sustainable business.

    See our services for Consulting and Corporate Firms
  • Corporate and Investment Banks
    IB Analytics for a Europe Based Investment Bank

    What we are proud of

    $500m

    in cost savings since 2003

    30%

    reduction in turnaround time for standard pitch books through automation

    Read more about how we helped them
    How can we help corporate and investment banks

    We combine analytical rigor with process expertise, helping corporate and investment banks improve operational efficiency and grow revenue. We have over a dozen years of experience partnering with our clients to implement customized front-office solutions by leveraging industry best practices, technology automation and our global pool of subject matter experts.

    See our services for Corporate and Investment Banks
  • Market Research Firms
    Data Processing Support for a Telecom Firm’s Global Expansion

    What we are proud of

    14.1%

    increase in revenue

    26.2%

    increase in mobile customers

    Read more about how we helped them
    How can we help market research firms

    Acuity Knowledge Partners is a global one-stop shop for solutions for all major activities of market research services, offering a combination of latest technology, optimum execution techniques, robust quality, and extensive experience. We provide market research services across various industry verticals and have a scalable resource pool of domain experts.

    See our services for Market Research Firms
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital Firms
    Co-investment Monitoring for a Global PE FoF Firm Headquartered in the US

    What we are proud of

    5+ years

    of partnership

    ~$2-3m

    in cost savings

    Read more about how we helped them
    How can we help private equity and venture capital firms

    We provide private equity/venture capital (PE/VC) firms the much-needed flexibility to manage highly volatile workflow on either a retainer or a project-specific basis. We work as an extended arm of our clients, and ensure that all regular and critical functions of the funds, such as opportunity screening, due diligence, periodic reporting, business development, portfolio monitoring, and whitepapers, are carried out irrespective of any spikes in investment activity.

    See our services for Private Equity and Venture Capital Firms

Why us

How to engage with us

We understand that each client is unique and hence, we are open to different engagement models. Below are the three most frequently employed engagement models by our clients.

Dedicated Staff Model
Description:

Team is solely dedicated to the client and works as an extension of the client’s onshore team

Suitable for:
  • Seamless team extension; clients with steady workflow, for provision of basic to complex support

Highlight:
  • Fosters a deep understanding of the client’s requirements and a strong relationship with the onshore team

  • Knowledge sharing leads to high value addition and increased efficiency

  • Teams are staffed in a secure single-client room

Block of Hours Model
Description:

Client purchases a block of hours that can be used any time during the month

Suitable for:
  • Clients with variable workflow; support during peak cycles

Highlight:
  • Flexibility to utilize capacity at any time during the month

  • Teams are staffed with relevant subject-matter experts as per project requirements

  • The client will always have a single point of contact at Acuity Knowledge Partners

Ad-hoc Project Model
Description:

Support on a standalone project basis, with no long-term commitment

Suitable for:
  • Standalone tasks and smaller engagements

Highlight:
  • Ability to staff any team size at short notice for any time period

  • Teams are staffed with relevant subject-matter experts as per project requirements

  • Full visibility of project costing

Looking for a custom engagement model that suits your business needs?

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Our leadership

  • Philip Gore-Randall Chairman

  • Robert King Chief Executive Officer, and Member of the Board

  • Damian Burleigh Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer

  • Dr. Paul J. Alapat Chief Product Officer

  • David Fellows Chief Digital Officer

  • Avadhesh Dixit Chief Human Resources Officer

  • Shailendra Gupta Chief Financial Officer, and Member of the Board

Philip Gore-Randall

Chairman

Philip Gore-Randall has extensive experience in large private and publicly-held international organisations. He spent the first 25 years of his career at Arthur Andersen. Besides several managing partner roles, he was elected UK Managing Partner in 1997, having previously run the UK and European Assurance and Advisory practices. In 2001, he became Managing Partner and COO for the worldwide practice, and the following year he co-led the worldwide dissolution of Arthur Andersen. He then became COO of Aon UK, following two years as CEO of its Risk Services division.

In 2007, Philip joined the Board of HBOS plc as COO, when it was one of the five major UK-based international retail banks and served in that role until it was acquired by Lloyds Banking Group in 2009. He was also the HBOS Integration Director leading up to, and after, the acquisition.

Since then, Philip has built up a portfolio of non-executive roles, which currently include serving as Chairman of three other international private-equity-backed businesses:

• Forensic Risk Alliance, a leading international forensic accounting, data analytics and e-discovery business

• Fircroft, a leading global provider of technical recruitment services

• RAK Logistics, an international logistics business

He is also:

• Director, Samena Capital, an Asia, India and MENA-focused alternative investments (principally private equity) group

Adviser to RAK Ceramics (the world’s largest ceramic tile manufacturer) and RAK Economic Zone in the UAE

His previous non-executive roles include Chairman of two international private-equity-backed businesses—ERM (a leading international environmental consulting firm) and Equiom (a multinational trust and fiduciary business); Director of esure (insurance company) and Topaz Engineering and Marine (a leading provider of offshore vessels and services to the oil and gas industry); an independent member of the International Executive of Lovells (now Hogan Lovells), the international law firm.

Philip has an MA in Geography from University College, Oxford, and is a Chartered Accountant.

Robert King

Chief Executive Officer, and Member of the Board

Robert King is the Chief Executive Officer of Acuity Knowledge Partners, managing all lines of business of the global organisation. He joined the business in 2017 as CEO, and is based in our London office.

Prior to Acuity, he worked for Moody’s Corporation (NYSE: MCO) – the previous owner of the business – for 20 years, in a variety of roles. He was appointed Executive Director of Global Sales, Customer Services and Marketing in July 2013 after previously managing Moody’s Analytics Sales team for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He also spent four years, based in Hong Kong, managing Moody’s Analytics Sales teams for the Asia-Pacific region. He also was Global Head of Sales for the Enterprise Risk Solutions business of Moody’s.

Before Moody’s, Robert worked in the private banking division of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. He has obtained degrees from both University College London and the University of Sussex.

Damian Burleigh

Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer

Damian Burleigh is the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Acuity Knowledge Partners, leading all sales, account management and marketing activities of the global organisation. He joined the business in 2015 and is based in our London office.

Damian has more than 25 years of financial services experience in sales, marketing and commercial product development, and experience in leading large international teams.

Prior to Acuity, he was a Managing Director at Moody’s Analytics, leading sales teams in Europe and Africa, and was instrumental in the integration of Copal Amba with Moody’s Analytics. He was also a Managing Director at Standard & Poor’s for 10 years, heading all Sales, Marketing and Client Services armed with his substantial credit, lending and risk experience. He is also experienced in digital transformation, product development, M&A, integration/divestiture and joint venture set-up.

Previously, he held senior commercial roles at Thomson Financial, Financial Times Group, Barclays and Hill Samuel.

Dr. Paul J. Alapat

Chief Product Officer

Paul Alapat is the Chief Product Officer of Acuity Knowledge Partners, leading product and delivery management for the global organisation. He joined the business in 2004 and is based in our Bangalore office.

Paul has more than 25 years of experience in international capital markets on both the research and trading sides.

Prior to Acuity, he was Chief Economist Asia (ex-Japan) at Nomura International (based in Hong Kong), Regional Financial Economist at Lehman Brothers Hong Kong, and a visiting Professor of International Finance at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He holds a PhD in Financial Economics from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

David Fellows

Chief Digital Officer

David Fellows is the Chief Digital Officer of Acuity Knowledge Partners, leading technology, innovation and digital transformation for the global organisation. He joined the business in 2017 and is based in our London office.

David has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry.

Prior to Acuity, he worked for Moody’s Analytics for 10 years, as a Managing Director leading the development and delivery of various credit risk products, including leading the division dedicated to bank capital stress testing solutions. Before this, he worked as a consultant for Frog Design and ThoughtWorks in San Francisco, where he assisted numerous large firms with their technology transformations.

He has a background in computer and data science, and has studied contemporary leadership theory at the University of Cambridge.

Avadhesh Dixit

Chief Human Resources Officer

Avadhesh Dixit is the Chief Human Resources Officer of Acuity Knowledge Partners and also leads the global organisation’s CSR activities. He joined the business in 2016 and is based in our Gurgaon office.

Avadhesh has 20 years of experience in human resource management at companies in the UK, Ireland, the US, and Europe.

Prior to Acuity, he was Vice President and Head of HR at GE Capital Business Process Management Services Pvt Ltd and the GE Capital-State Bank of India JV. Previously, he held HR leadership roles at CMC Ltd and Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.

He holds an MBA in Human Resources from Delhi School of Economics of the University of Delhi, with a graduate degree in Economics. He is certified as a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), USA, and is a regular speaker at Indian national HR and CSR conferences.

Shailendra Gupta

Chief Financial Officer, and Member of the Board

Shailendra Gupta is the Chief Financial Officer of Acuity Knowledge Partners, leading all business planning, pricing, controllership, treasury, taxation, compliance and administration activities of the global organisation. He joined the business in 2015 and is based in our Gurgaon office.

Shailendra has more than 20 years of experience in finance, including strategy, M&A, fund-raising, investor relations, budgeting and business enablement.

Prior to Acuity, he was the Chief Financial Officer of ISGN, a financial technology and services company. Previously, he held key leadership roles at JPMorgan, GE Capital, and Ocwen Financial.

Shailendra is a Chartered Accountant, a Cost Accountant, and holds an Honours degree in Commerce from the University of Delhi.

Our approach

Robert King on his vision for Acuity Knowledge Partners
Paul Alapat on the key challenges facing global asset managers
Damian Burleigh Our Business Model and what it means for Clients

Giving back to society

Corporate social responsibility has been a part of our approach to doing business for many years. We actively support activities for social empowerment, inclusive development and environmental sustainability.
Each year, we expand and incorporate projects that support many areas in need of social intervention. Here, we have shared some of the projects we are involved with and our journey so far in the CSR domain.

View Our Social Initiatives

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