Mesirow Financial, has appointed Joseph Hoffman as CEO of its currency management business.
The firm says Hoffman, “strengthens the team with his proven success of providing objective, strategic advice to implement best practice currency risk programmes for clients’ unique set of circumstances”.
Hoffman joins from Russell Investments, where he co-founded the firm's Currency Implementation business in 2003, and most recently, as global head of currency, led the team responsible for hundreds of currency overlay accounts with assets under management in excess of $60 billion.
Michael DuCharme has joined Mesirow Financial as director, currency solutions within its currency management business, which provides custom risk solutions, ranging from passive to active currency risk management.
He joins from Russell Investments, where he spent 17 years focused on trading systems and processes. Most recently, he was head of currency strategy, helping clients develop strategies to reduce their FX transaction costs while minimising risk. DuCharme started his career as an engineer, including a tour of duty as a civil engineering officer in the United States Air Force.
CLS’s new post-trade monitoring and reporting tool, CLSTradeMonitor, has gone live with the first asset managers, including Mesirow Financial and Mountain Pacific Advisors.
CLSTradeMonitor delivers a real-time consolidated view of the match status details for all trades submitted to CLS. It aims to help asset managers efficiently manage their executed FX trades across all of their custodian banks. Trade status details are available across CLSSettlement providers and counterparties.
CLSTradeMonitor was built in combination with CLSNet, a bilateral payment netting platform built on a distributed ledger technology (DLT) platform.
Mesirow Financial has announced the addition of Christopher Langs to its core fixed income management team as managing director. He will serve as a portfolio manager and credit analyst and be responsible for the oversight of portfolio construction and trade implementation.
Langs has more than 26 years of investment management experience and joins from GW&K Investment Management in Boston where he was a portfolio manager and vice president, managing US high yield and investment grade corporate bond strategies for both institutional and retail clients.
Mesirow Financial has agreed to acquire assets of The Cambridge Strategy (Asset Management) (TCS) a UK-based currency alpha investment firm.
TCS was co-founded by Peter Henricks, CEO, and Russell Thompson, CIO, in 2003, and offers currency alpha strategies for return-seeking investors. Headquartered in London with offices in Hong Kong and Monaco, TCS has over $3 billion in assets under management in passive and active strategies.
The TCS team will be incorporated into Mesirow’s existing global currency team, all reporting to Hoffman.
Much has been made of the low buy side sign up to the FX Global Code, but as Colin Lambert finds out, it is likely only to be a matter of time.
Talk to senior members of the Global FX Committee and one can discern a sense of exasperation when they are asked (probably for the tenth time that day) about the lack of buy side adoption of the FX Global Code. The exasperation stems from what is the thorn in the side of the GFXC that is low adoption rates.