Trading Places: Jon Weiss joins new hedge fund

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Jon Weiss to join hedge fund Candlewood Investment

Former Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc executive Jon Weiss will join hedge fund Candlewood Investment Group LP, Bloomberg reported.

Weiss will join as managing partner and money manager later this year, the report said. He was global head of a special situations group at RBS and left this month as the company prepares to wind down the distressed unit, Bloomberg Buisnessweek reported last week.


  • FIA elects new chairman and two new board members

FIA announced that the members of FIA’s board of directors elected Gerald F. Corcoran, chairman and chief executive officer of R.J. O’Brien & Associates LLC, as chairman of FIA. Corcoran has been a member of the FIA board since March 2008 and has been serving as vice chairman since March 2013. He will serve as chairman until the next annual meeting in March 2015.

Corcoran replaced Michael Yarian, managing director at Barclays, who stepped down from the chairmanship after Barclays appointed him to a new position as head of its rates trading franchise in the U.S. Yarian had been the head of agency derivatives services at Barclays, which includes the bank’s derivatives clearing business.

FIA also announced the election of two new board members: Jan Bart de Boer, board member and chief commercial officer of ABN AMRO Clearing Bank N.V., and Raymond Kahn, head of futures clearing and head of agency derivatives services, Americas, at Barclays.


  • Heraeus Precious Metals New York Announces Hire of Miguel Perez-Santalla as Sales & Marketing Manager

Heraeus Precious Metals New York LLC, part of Heraeus, Inc., the precious metals and technology holding company, announced today that industry veteran Miguel Perez-Santalla has re-joined the company as Sales & Marketing Manager, reporting to Artin Janian, Sr. VP of Finance and Operations.

In his new role, he will be responsible for maintaining the company’s existing precious metals trading relationships in the United States and throughout the Americas region. Mr. Perez-Santalla will drive the sales activities of Heraeus Metals New York through strategic marketing initiatives, thought leadership and engagement with customers, prospective customers and key industry influencers and stakeholders.


  • CFTC Commissioner J. Christopher Giancarlo Announces Senior Staff Appointments

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Commissioner J. Christopher Giancarlo today announced the appointment of Jason Goggins and Marcia Blase to his senior staff.

“The diverse breadth of knowledge and experience that Jason and Marcia bring to my office will be invaluable as we face numerous outstanding issues before the Commission,” said Commissioner Giancarlo. “Not only will they help me ensure that the Dodd-Frank Act is implemented responsibly, but they will help me advocate for policies that foster competitive markets to better serve the farmers, manufacturers, energy firms, and utilities that are America’s job creators.”

Perry Offutt, who spent 17 years at Morgan Stanley, will join as a managing director within the Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, or MIRA, in September, according to the Wall Street Journal. He’ll be responsible for acquisitions and deal origination, and report to Graeme Conway, the head of MIRA in the Americas.

MIRA encompasses publicly-traded infrastructure investment funds like NYSE-listed Macquarie Infrastructure Co. as well as Macquarie’s unlisted funds. The firm is currently raising $2.5 billion for Macquarie Infrastructure Partners III, which counts Goethals Bridge among its cornerstone investments, according to filings.  

  • CFTC Chairman Massad Announces the Appointment of Aitan Goelman as Director of Enforcement

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Timothy Massad named Aitan Goelman as the agency’s Director of the Division of Enforcement. Mr. Goelman is a former federal prosecutor with more than 20 years of experience litigating both criminal and civil matters.

“I’m very pleased that Aitan Goelman has agreed to join the agency as Director of Enforcement. Aitan brings valuable experience in government and private practice, as well as a strong commitment to public service.  He will be a tough, aggressive and fair leader at a critical time in the Commission’s history,” said Chairman Massad. “I especially want to thank Gretchen Lowe for her skilled leadership and dedication, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with her.”

Mr. Goelman joins the CFTC from the law firm Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, where he has been a litigation partner for 11 years.  Mr. Goelman’s practice has focused on white collar crime and complex commercial litigation.  Mr. Goelman previously served in the Department of Justice for nine years, including as an Assistant U. S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York and as a Special Attorney to the U.S. Attorney General.  At Justice, he handled white-collar criminal cases involving bank, wire, mail and securities fraud, as well as RICO, and violent crimes.  Mr. Goelman was also one of the trial lawyers that convicted the Oklahoma City bombers.

  • Deutsche Börse taps Caroline Davis to serve as new Head of Tools 

Deutsche Börse Market Data + Services today announced that Caroline Davis has joined as its new Head of Tools. She will be based in London and report directly to Holger Wohlenberg, Managing Director, Market Data + Services. 

“Ms. Davis brings nearly a decade of experience in the Software-as-a-Service, derivatives and risk management technology sectors. Her expertise ranges from sales and business development to hands-on software development and delivery. We believe she will be a valuable asset to the team by elevating the Tools business to the next level of client engagement and custom solutions,” said Holger Wohlenberg, Managing Director, Market Data + Services, Deutsche Börse 

The Tools business line offers clients software on demand to navigate financial markets with increased agility by providing tools to support and automate client processes such as algorithm testing, market access or regulatory reporting. Centrally hosted in the cloud, users can access these applications to perform a range of operations without the need for upfront investment, configuration management and software deployment.

  • WFE Appoints Nandini Sukumar as New Chief Administrative Officer

The World Federation of Exchanges, the global trade association of publicly regulated exchanges, today announced the appointment of Ms. Nandini Sukumar to the position of chief administrative officer. 

Sukumar joins the WFE from Bloomberg News bringing 14-years of experience as a financial journalist specialising in market structure, exchanges and regulation. At WFE she will, along with the CEO and management team, represent and promote the organisation and its member’s values to key stakeholders and help the organisation run smoothly on a daily basis. She will report to Huseyin Erkan, Chief Executive Officer of the WFE.

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