Genesis, a digital currency trading and lending firm, has announced three senior hires.
Specifically, the firm has named Arianna Pretto-Sakmann as general counsel, Pat DeFrancesco as CTO and Leon Marshall as head of European business development. Profit & Loss previously reported that the firm has also hired Dan Torrey as head of institutional sales.
“It is really exciting to add this talented group of professionals to the Genesis team,” says Genesis CEO, Michael Moro. “We are confident that these individuals will build on our sustained success in the digital currency marketplace and play critical roles in expanding our business around the world.”
As general counsel, Pretto-Sakmann will be advising on all legal aspects of Genesis’s trading and lending activities. She was previously an attorney with two major international law firms in London and New York, advising banks, broker-dealers, clearing houses, exchanges, and investment managers on a variety of cross-border regulatory matters.
DeFrancesco will be responsible for expanding the firm’s trading technology and quantitative research. Prior to joining Genesis, he was the CTO at 7 Chord, a machine learning startup developing predictive trading signals for US corporate bonds. Previously, DeFrancesco led technology teams for credit trading at the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) following the acquisition of Creditex, where he was responsible for the firm’s data architecture.
In his role as head of European business development, Marshall will focus on all non-US business at Genesis. He has more than a decade of derivatives experience as senior commodities portfolio manager at UBS, Trafigura, and Apollo Management. More recently, Marshall has focused on the digital currency industry, and in 2017 he published a research piece with a British company on the taxonomy of digital assets.