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Hudson Joins BGC

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Hudson Joins BGC

Profit & Loss understands that Liam Hudson is joining BGC Partners to run its e-FX businesses, including Fenics FX, which was launched last year, MidFX and the electronic FX options offering. Hudson was last at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London where he was global head of e-FX for more than eight years. Hudson joined BAML from Barclays, a firm he joined when it took over the FX business interests of Lehman Brothers. At Lehman, he spent seven years in the e-FX business, including helping develop the FXLive platform as well as the firm’s algo execution capabilities.
Sullivan Joins Vela Peggy Sullivan has joined technology provider Vela in a newly created chief of staff role. Based in New York she will report to Vela CEO Jennifer Nayar and the firm says her responsibilities include establishing strong strategic partnerships, advising on market structure challenges and developments, building trusted relationships with key accounts, identifying opportunities to improve service delivery, and collaborating with the wider executive team on strategy and product innovation while also representing Vela across a number of industry groups and trade associations.
ADSS Hires Two in London

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ADSS Hires Two in London

ADSS has made two senior institutional sales hires in London. Chris Andrews has been appointed as co-head of institutional sales for the firm’s UK business. Prior to joining ADSS, Andrews worked at GKFX Financial Services and Saxo Capital Markets, moving through a variety of sales-led roles. He was responsible for the sales trading and account management side of the business, servicing both the bank's retail and institutional clients. Steven Whittet has also joined the company as co-head of institutional sales for its UK business. He previously held managerial roles in FX sales at Commonwealth Bank of Australia and ICAP Securities. Following this, he joined the Kyte Group as head of FX, before later joining GKFX as global head of institutional sales, where he introduced the set-up of a new prime broker and trading platform for the company.
BlockTower Co-Founder Joins Caspian Advisory Board Crypto trading technology provider Caspian has announced that cryptocurrency investment firm BlockTower Capital’s co-founder Ari Paul has joined its advisory board. The appointment comes as Caspian also announced that it now connects to more than 25 exchanges and has 12 funds on its beta platform, with eight more clients expected later this month. The firm also says it will be adding its first OTC desk as a destination later this month and that it is allowing for a defined composite order book that aggregates and displays liquidity from more than 20 exchanges with the ability to trade against it using the Caspian Smart Order Router (SOR).
Former Fastmatch CEO Files Lawsuit Against Euronext Dmitri Galinov, founder and former CEO of FastMatch, has announced that he has filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York against FastMatch and Euronext US for the unlawful termination of his employment. Galinov left Fastmatch just over one year after Euronext acquired a 90% stake in the company, his departure was seen by many at the time as surprising. The lawsuit asserts that Galinov was fired in June 2018 “improperly, unceremoniously, and under false pretense” as part of “a Machiavellian scheme”.
Exits Continue from BNP Paribas’ FX Algo Team BNP Paribas has seen a raft of departures from it’s FX algo team over the past few months. Profit & Loss understands that in London Silviu Vlasceanu, a senior quantitative analyst, Farzana Nanji, who worked in FX automated client execution, Tom Appleton, the head of FX algo execution, Ismail Zekhnini, an e-FX algo trader and Shameer Subedar, who worked within the e-FX algo team developing agency based algos, have all left the bank. In addition, sources indicate that in Singapore, Ashvin Parkash, head of e-distribution for Asia who was part of the same team, has also left BNP Paribas.
Keogan Steps Down from Fidelity Phelim Keogan, who over the past 15 years has led the development of Fidelity International’s currency management capabilities globally, has recently departed from the company under a voluntary severance programme offered generally to senior executives across the firm. Keogan was executive director for Treasury and global head of currency management at Fidelity International, based in Dublin, a role he took up in early 2002. Prior to Fidelity Keogan was chief dealer for National Australia Bank in Dublin over a six-year period having joined the bank from an FX trading role at Ulster Bank.
Cochrane Joins BestX

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Cochrane Joins BestX

Jim Cochrane has been named as head of North America sales for execution analysis firm BestX. Based in New York, the new role is something of a return to a speciality for Cochrane who spent almost five years at rival firm ITG running its FX TCA product set. Cochrane left Deutsche Borse’s 360T earlier this year, where he was head of institutional investor sales for the Americas. Prior to that he was at ITG in the US, having moved from roles at Citi, Deutsche Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland.
Ehrlich Named COO of WSBA The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance (WSBA), a non-profit trade association, has appointed Steve Ehrlich as its first ever chief operating officer. Ehrlich will immediately focus his attention on driving value for WSBA members while simultaneously expanding the WSBA’s footprint and impact across global markets, the Alliance says. The association adds that Ehrlich “brings over fifteen years of experience to the WSBA, and he is an acknowledged thought leader in the key areas of blockchain technology, financial markets, and fintech innovation”.
Scott Wins Extradition Appeal HSBC’s former head of FX trading for Europe, Stuart Scott, has won his appeal against the decision to extradite him to the US to face trial over allegations that he took part in front running trading relating to an order for Cairn Energy. Scott’s former boss, Mark Johnson, was convicted of charges related to the Cairn Energy deal in a US court last year and sentenced to two years in jail earlier this year, however he is appealing the decision and won a bail application in June.