Trading Places: JP Morgan Chase appoints new head of investment banking for UAE

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JP Morgan Chase appoints new head of investment banking for UAE

JP Morgan Chase has appointed Majed al-Mesmari as its head of investment banking coverage for the United Arab Emirates, the U.S. bank said in a statement on Thursday.

Mesmari joins from Rothschild, where he was a director of global financial advisory services for five years.

He will report to Karim Tannir, JP Morgan's head of investment banking for the Middle East and North Africa, the statement added.


  • NASDAQ OMX Executive Vice President retires after more than 30 years in company

NASDAQ OMX announced today that senior executive John L. Jacobs will retire after more than 30 years of leadership and service to the company.

Effective January 2, 2015, Mr. Jacobs will retire from his position as Executive Vice President of Global Information Services, comprising the company's data products and index services businesses. Mr. Jacobs has agreed to serve as a strategic advisor to the company through 2015. The company has begun an internal and external search for his successor.

  • Neptune Investment Management's head of UK wholesale leaves after restructuring

Neptune Investment Management's head of UK wholesale, Adam Hughes, has exited the group following a restructure of the business. Neptune has split its sales force to focus on UK discretionary wealth managers, UK strategic partnerships and advisers, and the Swiss and Benelux wholesale markets, with a number of internal changes made to help the group focus on the three channels.

  • CME's Asia head resigns
CME Group lost its Asia head in a surprise departure. Julien Le Noble, Singapore-based head of CME for the past three years, submitted his resignation. He gave no reason.
  • William H. Gross Joins Janus Capital
Janus Capital Group Inc. announced that William H. Gross, will join Janus Capital Group. He will manage a recently launched Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund and related strategies, and will join Myron Scholes, Ph.D., and other members of the Janus team focused on global asset allocation.
  • R.J. O’Brien & Associates Appoints Paul Goodhew as Head of Global Markets at R.J. O’Brien (UK) Limited Affiliate

R.J. O’Brien & Associates (RJO), the oldest and largest independent futures brokerage and clearing firm in the United States, announced the appointment of industry veteran Paul Goodhew, 45, as Senior Vice President and Head of Global Markets at its London-based R.J. O’Brien (UK) Limited affiliate. In that role, he will focus on expanding the operation’s institutional commodity brokerage business, including energy, as well as fixed income, rates and equity derivatives.
Goodhew has spent his entire career in futures, most recently as Executive Director and Head of Exchange-Traded Commodities for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at UBS Ltd.

  • Guy Scott joins CFN Services Leading Global Capital Markets Sales

CFN Services, a leading provider of managed services for the capital markets, announced today that Guy Scott has joined the company as Vice President of Global Sales, Capital Markets. Guy will lead CFN’s global sales efforts supporting the continued expansion of the Alpha Platform™. The Alpha Platform provides high performance delivery of trading applications across a global ultra-low latency foundation interconnecting more than 120 trading venues throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

  • CBOE Holdings Inc. announced that Chicago Board Options Exchange has promoted five staff members to officer positions. The promotions were approved at the most recent Board of Directors meeting.

--Jim Enstrom was named Vice President and Chief Audit Executive. He will continue to direct CBOE’s internal audit programs as head of CBOE’s internal audit function. Enstrom, who joined CBOE in 2009, received his master’s degree from Arizona State University and is a graduate of the University of Illinois.
--Lita Frazier was named Vice President, Government Relations. She will continue to serve as CBOE’s voice in Washington, leading CBOE’s government relations efforts at the federal, state and local levels. Frazier, who joined CBOE in 2006, is a graduate of The George Washington University.
--Alicia Goldberg was named Vice President, Statistical Analysis. She will continue to direct CBOE’s statistical product offerings for Trading Permit Holders and Market Data Express (MDX). Goldberg, who is a 34-year veteran of CBOE, studied computer science.
--Jim Lubin, who is Senior Managing Director, CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE), was also named Vice President, CBOE. He will continue to serve as head of CFE’s operations and business development efforts, a role he has held since 2011. Lubin received his M.B.A. and bachelor’s degrees from Adelphi University.
--Andy Spiwak was named Vice President, Regulatory Services. He will continue to lead enforcement programs for CBOE. Spiwak, a 27-year veteran of CBOE, is a graduate of The John Marshall Law School and University of Wisconsin - Madison.

  • Mary Chung makes managing partner at Smash Street Media

Smash Street Media is full-service strategic communications & public relations consultancy specializing in media placements, PR campaigns, corporate positioning and content creation for financial services and trading technology companies. Headquartered in New York City, Founder and Managing Partner Mary Chung has nearly two decades of experience in communications, media and marketing. Prior to Smash Street Media, Chung headed the corporate communications and marketing divisions of several companies including the American Stock Exchange, ELX Futures and Broadway Technology. 

  • LCH.Clearnet’s SwapClear named Marcus Robinson as head in Australia in an effort to increase its presence.

LCH.Clearnet, the global clearing house, has announced that Marcus Robinson has been appointed Head of SwapClear Australia, to support the growing demand for on-the-ground, robust interest rate derivative (IRD) clearing solutions. He has relocated to Sydney. 

In this new role, Marcus will lead LCH.Clearnet’s next phase of expansion in Australia, building on SwapClear’s existing presence in the region. He will work with local market participants to further enhance SwapClear’s offering in line with their needs, including extending operational service hours. A member of SwapClear’s Global Management Team, Marcus was previously based in LCH.Clearnet’s London office as Director of SwapClear Business Change.  

  • INTL FCStone, Inc. appoints Edward J. Grzybowski as new director

INTL FCStone Inc., a leader in the development of specialized financial services in commodities, global payments, foreign exchange, securities and other markets, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed a new Director, Edward J. Grzybowski. His name will be included on the slate of Directors that will be voted on at INTL FCStone's next annual shareholders' meeting in February, 2015.

Grzybowski is a prominent institutional investor who most recently served as chief investment officer of TIAA-CREF, the Fortune 100 financial services organization, where he was responsible for developing and implementing the investment strategy for approximately one-half trillion dollars in assets.

  • Eurex Clearing supervisory board appoints Matthias Graulich as new executive board member


The supervisory board of Eurex Clearing AG appointed Matthias Graulich as member of the executive board of the company, effective Aug. 1, 2014. 

As board member, he continues to be chief client officer, managing the department Clients & Markets; prior to his appointment he had already held this role as Head of Department since April 2013. 

The Executive Board of Eurex Clearing AG now consists of Thomas Book (CEO), Heike Eckert, Matthias Graulich, Thomas Laux and Eric Tim Müller. 

Matthias Graulich joined Deutsche Börse Group in 2001 and has held a number of leadership and project management positions at Deutsche Börse and Eurex Group. He was responsible for various strategic projects, among others, the introduction of EurexOTC Clear as well as the integration of the International Securities Exchange. Since 2010, he has been part of Eurex Clearing, initially taking responsibility for the implementation of Eurex Clearing’s strategic project portfolio and regulatory affairs. 

  • LCH Clearnet hires Freshfields senior associate as new general counsel


London Stock Exchange-owned clearing house LCH Clearnet has hired Diane Bouwmeester as its group general counsel and head of compliance.

Bouwmeester steps into the role from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she has been a senior associate since 2007.

She becomes the first person to hold the newly-established general counsel and compliance head position at LCH Clearnet. Legal and compliance responsibilities were previously split between group general counsel Magnus Spencer and head of compliance and public affairs Lisa Rosen. Both have now left the business, although LCH Clearnet would not disclose the circumstances behind the exits or their destinations.

  • 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.”

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