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Gem Soup LLC to Develop FpML Tools Founder Announces World's First FpML Tools Community

Gem Soup Launches Collaborative Software Development for OTC Derivatives

New York, NY, USA. November 19, 2002.

Brian Lynn, a driving force behind the creation of and formerly VP of eTrading Systems at JPMorgan Chase and Co., announced today the formation of Gem Soup LLC, the world's first organization devoted to collaborative development of software tools supporting FpML communications between firms. From 1999 until this month Mr. Lynn was co-chair of and JPMorgan's representative to FpML's important Standards Committee.

Gill Lungley, MD and Global Head of IT at UBS Warburg, said: "FpML has become increasingly vital in enabling key market initiatives, such as Swapswire. The provision of new tools will further promote FpML and thus support ongoing creation of these important industry initiatives."

"By sharing the development of the key integration technologies," Mr. Lynn said, "industry participants and providers can speed the adoption of inter-company STP in derivatives." Commenting on the evolution of FpML, Mr. Lynn said, "Over the last several years there has been a rapid increase in the breadth and maturity of the FpML standard, and in the deployment of FpML within firms. However, it has only been recently that we have started to see growth in the use of FpML between companies. Gem Soup will accelerate that trend by making FpML easy to use and easy to integrate with existing business processes. "

Gem Soup LLC will develop or acquire initial versions of its products, and will provide its members with a collaboration environment, product strategy guidance, an automated testing suite, a rigorous release control process, and product documentation and support. Gem Soup members will contribute enhancements and fixes, provide input on priorities, and incorporate the tools into their own systems and business processes.

Products that are currently planned include an FpML viewer/editor, a simple FpML API, a matching tool, a trade archive, and message validators and converters. Many of these will be based on simple product templates, which will make them easy to customize for new financial products. Several will be available in low-cost versions to support application development.

"Interest in this initiative across the derivatives industry has been tremendous," Mr. Lynn said. "Market participants are telling us that the value principle is outstanding, the timing is right, and our products are essential." Mr. Lynn added that Gem Soup is currently discussing product priorities with initial adopters, and expects shortly to announce more detailed priorities and agreements.

About FpML

Financial Products Markup Language is the official protocol of ISDA (the International Swaps and Derivatives Association) for describing privately negotiated financial derivative transactions.

About Gem Soup LLC

Gem Soup LLC is the world's first collaborative development community for FpML. Named after the famous legend about collaboration in the finance industry, Gem Soup provides a new way for developers to share the technology needed to integrate derivatives processing across enterprises. Gem Soup supports a set of products focused on enabling the creation, validation, matching, transformation, and storage of FpML and related languages. It uses an innovative community source model for sharing the development effort and allowing members to customize the tools for their own use. Based in New York City and Ulster County, NY, Gem Soup leverages the Internet to allow collaboration from anywhere. Please see for more information about the company, the tools, the Gem Soup community process, and the legend of the Gem Soup.


Brian Lynn
Founder and CTO
Tel: 845-532-7849


Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See "Financial Products Markup Language (FpML)."

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