Our Business-Market data strategies for sourcing, workflows, compliance and cost optimisation

MDG advises clients across all the workflows so data consumers and suppliers can realise the maximum value for their business at best possible costs

  • Enterprise Level Market Data Strategies
  • Market Data Sourcing & Monetisation
  • Workflow & Data Utilisation Analysis
  • Licence & Compliance Management
  • Market Data Cost Optimisation
  • IPR, Licences, Contracts & Rights Management
  • Internal Process Management
  • Audit Defence & Reviews

Our Consultation Work

MDG advises Financial Institutions, Data Consumers and Information Content Owners on their market data business requirements. Data is consumed for a purpose and that is to make investment decisions. We take a business first approach to how data is ingested, processed, and used to participate in global capital markets. Market Data has purpose we help clients to maximise its value.

MDG's strategies aim to balance market data requirements now with what will be required in the future. Market Data is by its nature dynamic and evolving, our advisory work reflects this.

All clients are different, in terms of requirements, culture and goals. MDG works towards meeting your objectives.


IPRs are at the core of how the market data business functions in terms of data ownership, usage and pricing. These factors are fundamental to all projects.


Our Clients

Major Tier-1 Investment Bank

A major consumer of OTC & Exchange based market data content.

Agreed Stake-holder Strategy

  • Steering committee agreed involving Legal, Compliance, Internal Audit and IT
  • All Fee liable data sources identified
  • All Applications consuming fee liable data identified
  • All controls tested
  • All types of data-flows mapped
  • Other internal networks identified
  • Every aspect documented
  • Due to sensitivities worked with internal and external legal counsel regarding liabilities amassed recommended remediation strategy

Project Achievements

  • Negotiated Full & Final Settlement Agreements at a fraction of the liability
  • New Data Licence Agreements executed and correct Data Usage reporting
  • Implemented new Data Governance Model
  • Eliminated redundant fee liable data
  • Cost optimisation due to only paying for data that was needed
  • New warm relationships created with Data Owners
  • Identified Data Assets for monetisation
  • Reputation not tarnished but enhanced

Premier Global Exchange & Market Data Provider

A leading provider of market data and analytics.

Agreed Stake-holder Strategy

  • Creation of new pricing models and strategies aligned to consumer usage of client’s products and services
  • Review existing market data products, catering to multiple market segments
  • Developing prospective strategies for retaining and increasing both market data sales and distribution
  • Analysis of vendor and client reporting cross referenced to internal records to identify revenue leakage Quantify in dollar terms, future revenue from eliminating leakage and bringing clients into compliance
  • Propose options to eliminate future revenue leakage
  • Create new reporting policies and requirements
  • Identify new types of data consumer inside and outside the traditional vendor/data consumer base

Project Achievements

  • Revenue from price model changes increase of 15%+
  • New Revenue flow from identifying existing non-fee paying clients 18>24%
  • Re-aligned pricing models to reflect actual consumer usage, maximising revenue returns
  • Introducing new data usage reporting to enhance the accuracy and visibility of data utilisation by vendors and end users
  • Developed new strategies for pricing Original Created works (indices & derived data)
  • Provided a new digital strategy for multi-media clients

Market Data Consulting Downloads

Global Fund Services

This case study covers the services & licence review to one of the leaders of global fund services to major asset management firms & hedge funds.


China Commercial Bank

This case study covers the data management and market data spend advisory services provided to a major China Commercial Bank.


Market Data Optimisation

This presentation provides a high level introduction to “do’s and don’t’s” & “how to’s” of Market Data Cost Optimisation project methodologies & MDG.


Commercial Model

Many of our clients prefer to work with us on a case-by-case consultancy basis.

We offer basic project fee and where appropriate performance based models to reflect the client’s desired outcomes. Flexibility is the key to our approach.

Our Data Gurus

Keiren Harris

Keiren consults with businesses on how to maximise data value, sourced both from third parties and created internally. Data Sources and Consumers including government agencies, stock exchanges, financial institutions, and market data vendors have been advised on building their data businesses, data commercialisation, and on the vital areas of data IPRs, licences, policies, sourcing, and compliance. Clients benefit in real dollar terms and to leverage data as an operational resource, especially when applied to enterprise information usage, FinTech distribution and management, and increasingly the world of ESG Data.

Ian Pearson

Ian has managed a substantial business in market data in thirty countries in Europe & Asia.
Throughout his career the interpretations of a Data Owner’s (Credit Ratings, Exchanges, Index Providers, Inter Dealer Brokers, Data Vendors and latterly Social Media) data license agreement/policy has always been a source of concern for all stakeholders despite the best efforts of major market participants to agree standardised terminology. Ian consults on IPRs/Data usage and advises Data Owners and Data Consumers accordingly. This includes working with their internal and external legal counsels and providing testimony in different legal jurisdictions.

Sara Abdul Samad

Sara has 20 years experience within Capital Markets and is the Managing Partner for the MENA Region

Prior to IPCL Sara was the Director of Data Services for Boursa Kuwait Securities devising and implementing the strategy for the monetisation and distribution of their data products and prior to that was the Investment Strategy Executive for KAB in Kuwait.

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