Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital has made a $15 million investment in Integral Development Corp, a capital injection the firms says enables it to continue the growth of its FX technology platform across a broader set of banks, brokers, and asset managers.
“The market opportunity for Integral has never been better,” says Harpal Sandhu, Integral founder and CEO. “Our focus on building the best FX solutions coupled with our unparalleled customer service has given us the largest installed base in the business – more than 200 leading institutions run on the Integral platform. We look forward to partnering with Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital and leveraging their deep experience and global resources.”
Dinosaur Financial Group (Dinosaur), a broker-dealer and subsidiary of Dinosaur Group Holdings, has launched a new global FX trading service.
Through this service, Dinosaur will provide the option of electronic or voice trading for FX spot, forwards, swaps, NDFs, options and deliverables.
Glenn Grossman, founder and chairman of Dinosaur, based in New York, says: “We are pleased to announce our new FX service. With tier-1 banks increasingly ‘derisking’, we find ourselves at an evolutionary point for Dinosaur, and our clients are looking to us to provide a wider range of services.
The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has named Randal Quarles, governor and vice chairman for supervision at the US Federal Reserve, as its new chair. In addition the FSB appointed Klaas Knot, president of De Nederlandsche Bank as vice chair. Both men have been appointed for a three-year term starting on 2 December 2018.
The FSB’s Plenary, which made the appointment, also agreed that after three years on 2 December 2021 Knot will take over as chair for the next three-year term.
Plenary members unanimously welcomed these appointments, FSB says, which were made at the recommendation of a specially constituted Nominations Committee.
It is something of an attention-grabber when someone who builds solutions on distributed ledger technology (DLT) says, “We are not a blockchain company”, however that is exactly how Tim Grant, co-founder and CEO of DrumG, starts our conversation. “We are a company that builds on blockchains; not one blockchain, but the right one – we build ledger appropriate solutions,” he explains. “We would never say ‘our blockchain is better than yours’. What we say is ‘our ability to choose the right blockchain and build on it, is better than yours’ – there’s a significant difference.”
The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has also published an overview of responses to its public consultation on its Recommendations for national supervisors: Reporting on the use of compensation tools to address potential misconduct risk (Recommendations), which it launched in May.
Overall the board says it received 11 responses from associations representing supervisors, banks, a research foundation, trade associations and a trade union.
Generally, it says, most respondents voiced support for efforts to promote good conduct, improve culture and reduce the incidence of misconduct at financial institutions.
The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has published its finalised Recommendations for national supervisors: Reporting on the use of compensation tools to address potential misconduct risk. The work started in 2015 when the FSB published its Workplan on Measures to Reduce Misconduct Risk through the promotion of incentives for good behaviour.
This work promoted the adoptions of standards and codes of behaviour, such as the FX Global Code, and reforms to benchmark-setting practices; A toolkit of measures to address misconduct in wholesale markets developed by the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), based on national approaches; additional guidance on the use of compensation tools to promote good conduct; and a toolkit to strengthen governance frameworks to mitigate misconduct risk.
Fintech firm Saxo Bank has announced the appointment of Thomas Hovard to the position as COO of global distribution and client services, effective from 4 February 2019. He will report directly to Damian Bunce, chief commercial officer.
Hovard joins from Danske Bank where he most recently served as global head of DCM sales and research. During his 16 -ear tenure with Danske Bank he has held several positions in both research and sales.
In his role at Saxo, he will be responsible for the ongoing operations of the global distribution and client services organisation and ensuring that the group’s strategy is executed across markets.
CFH Clearing has appointed legal and compliance expert, Julia Free to its Board in an internal move.
Free, a qualified solicitor, has been promoted from compliance officer to director at CFH Clearing. As part of her new remit, she will take on the role of money laundering reporting officer (MLRO) and has gained a CF11 accreditation with the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
Free’s promotion coincides with what CFH terms “a restructuring at CFH Clearing to merge legal, compliance and onboarding into a single department to create enhanced efficiencies for its institutional clients”. She will head up this combined function.
“We are delighted to welcome Julia to the CFH Board. Her appointment in this newly created role highlights the priority we give to ensuring our legal and compliance obligations are at the forefront of all decisions we make for the organisation,” says Matthew Maloney, CEO, CFH Clearing. “Julia has an in-depth understanding about our business as well as the increasingly complex legal requirements we need to adhere to as an FCA regulated firm with a global client base. She will be an asset to our Board and thoroughly deserves her promotion.”
The Bank of England and the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have announced the appointment of Tushar Morzaria as the new chair of the Sterling Risk Free Reference Rates Working Group.
The group was established in 2015 to implement the Financial Stability Board's recommendation to develop alternative risk-free rates (RFRs) for use instead of Libor-style reference rates. In April 2017, the Working Group recommended the Sonia benchmark as their preferred RFR and since then has been focused on how to transition to using Sonia across sterling markets.
Sucden Financial has appointed Kirsty Gillies as global head of e-FX sales as it seeks to further enhance its presence across worldwide FX markets.
Gillies joins Sucden Financial after spending eight years at UBS, where she held the position of executive director. She was responsible for running its e-FX sales team in London, having begun her career at Barclays Capital.
Reporting to co-heads of e-FX Peter Brooks and Wayne Roworth at Sucden Financial in London, Gillies will be responsible for “elevating its sales strategy in order to generate new business and solidify Sucden Financial’s presence across worldwide markets”.