Energy Risk Awards 2018: The winners

BNP Paribas picks up three awards, while Macquarie takes the derivatives gong, amid a period of rapid change for the industry


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Prices in many commodity and energy markets rose to multi-year highs in 2017, along with increased hedging activity. Traders also reported that corporate customers were becoming more sophisticated in their use of hedging; many entered the hedging market for the first time, while others were using more complex hedging structures. Despite this, margins remain under pressure, putting the emphasis on ingenuity and innovation to substitute for staff and funding.

We’ve seen particular innovation in the renewables market, driven by the looming withdrawal of subsidies in Europe, constant technical innovation across the industry – whether cheaper generation, cheaper storage, or more sophisticated grid management – and continuing public demand for a decarbonised energy industry.

Coal will be gone in several European countries by 2027, and the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign in the US is celebrating the planned retirement of half the country’s coal generation fleet – and taking aim at the other half.

But this area, even more than the rest of the energy and commodity sector, has also seen complex and rapidly changing regulatory requirements, posing a real challenge for everyone operating in it.

There has been real progress on the technical side as well, as the 2018 Energy Risk Software Rankings reflect. Cloud-based trading risk management services are being rolled out around the world, the shift to electronic trading for commodities continues, artificial intelligence and machine-learning systems are growing in popularity and power, and many banks and trading houses are pushing blockchain-based trade and post-trade processing systems towards proof-of-concept stage. These, it is hoped, will radically improve the speed and efficiency of commodity trading, as well as addressing know-your-customer and anti-money laundering requirements, trade finance and many business operations.

Clearly the energy and commodity sectors are changing faster than ever before, and the 2018 Energy Risk Awards recognise the players in the energy and commodity risk management fields that are out in front of this wave of change. Derivatives house of the year goes to Macquarie, with BNP Paribas picking up the awards for innovation, base metals and precious metals.

The awards were judged by a panel of industry experts, with the exception of the derivatives house of the year, weather, coal and precious metals awards, which were judged by editorial.

See below for the list of winners. Winners’ articles to follow.

Derivatives house of the year

Deal of the year
Engie Global Markets

Natural gas house of the year

Electricity house of the year
Engie Global Markets

Coal house of the year
Javelin Global Commodities

Emissions house of the year
Element Markets

Weather house of the year
Sompo Global Weather

Base metals house of the year
BNP Paribas

Precious metals house of the year
BNP Paribas

Commodity broker of the year
Griffin Markets

Consultancy of the year

Hedging advisory firm of the year
Aegis Energy Risk

CTRM software house of the year

Data house of the year
Thomson Reuters

Technology advisory house of the year

Innovation of the year
BNP Paribas

Newcomer of the year

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