Industry Leaders Series

Vermiculus Chairman Nils-Robert Persson on launching during a pandemic and structuring his company for growth

Vermiculus Chairman Nils-Robert Persson on launching during a pandemic and structuring his company for growth

Nils-Robert Persson, chairman of the board of Vermiculus Financial Technology, had no intention of starting a new company after leaving Cinnober in 2019. What happened is he was asked and he couldn’t refuse. “When some of the best people you have ever worked with, and some of the customers you’re extremely proud of working with, come and ask you to start – it’s easy to start again,” Persson told John Lothian News at FIA Boca 2022.

Pat Kenny, “the most interesting man,” in interesting times

Pat Kenny, “the most interesting man,” in interesting times

John Lothian News caught up with Pat Kenny, “the most interesting man in the world” according to John Lothian, at the FIA Boca 2022 conference in Boca Raton in March. Kenny is SVP of client relations for CQG, and he talked about CQG One, the company’s newest charting and analytics platform geared toward professional traders, and the effects of the covid pandemic on CQG’s business and on the industry.

FIA Tech Talks about Driving Standardization, Improving Collaboration as Keys to Improved Industry Efficiencies

FIA Tech Talks about Driving Standardization, Improving Collaboration as Keys to Improved Industry Efficiencies

JLN interviewed FIA Tech President and CEO Nick Solinger and Head of Strategy Mark Davis at FIA Boca 2022 for the JLN Industry Leader video series. 

FIA Tech spent time in 2020 focused on improving collaboration and bridging gaps amid an unprecedented time in the markets. Then in 2021 it raised a sizable amount of cash based on the role it  played in 2020.  

TMX Group’s Luc Fortin discusses customers’ rush to the yield curve and leading by example in ESG

TMX Group’s Luc Fortin discusses customers’ rush to the yield curve and leading by example in ESG

Luc Fortin, president and chief executive officer of Montréal Exchange and global head of trading at TMX Group, sees the launch of extended hours at TMX last year as an important step in the exchange’s globalization. “We had our hours in Europe where we were seeing more and more demand as we saw growing pools of capital requiring liquidity and Canadian derivatives over the Asian hours,” Fortin said. “So when we launched this in the fall, obviously, we’ve seen a very good uptake to it, particularly around all the crazy volatility that we’ve seen since the beginning of this year.”

Copper.co’s Betty Sharples Weighs in on Digital Asset Protection & Navigating the Regulatory Landscape

Copper.co’s Betty Sharples Weighs in on Digital Asset Protection & Navigating the Regulatory Landscape

Copper.co’s Betty Sharples sat down with John Lothian News on the second day of FIA Boca 2022 to discuss industry growth, protecting digital assets, and her hope for regulatory solutions. 

Betty Sharples is the business development director for the digital asset custodian Copper.co, which launched in 2018. Since its inception, Copper has provided custody, trading, and digital asset services across 450 crypto assets and over 40 different exchanges. Sharples said that Copper’s products and services all serve a purpose: to bring prime brokerage to the crypto space.

Euronext CEO Stéphane Boujnah discusses markets during war time and platform consolidation in Europe

Euronext CEO Stéphane Boujnah discusses markets during war time and platform consolidation in Europe

2021 was a watershed year for Euronext with its acquisition of Borsa Italiana. “It was a transaction that changed the scale of Euronext,” said Stéphane Boujnah, CEO and chairman of Euronext’s managing board. Boujnah spoke with John Lothian News at the FIA Boca 2022 conference about the impact of the Ukraine War on European markets and what’s in the future for the platform that bills itself as the “One unique marketplace connecting seven European economies.”   

Catherine Clay on How Cboe Global Markets is a Different Company Now at Boca 2022

Catherine Clay on How Cboe Global Markets is a Different Company Now at Boca 2022

Cboe Global Markets is a very different company today than it was the last time people gathered together at FIA Boca, said Catherine Clay, the company’s executive vice president, global head of data and access solutions. Cboe has made a number of strategic fintech acquisitions in recent years, acquiring Hanweck Associates, a real-time risk analytics company, FT Options, a portfolio management platform, and TradeAlert, a distributor of market intelligence, in 2020, and acquiring the Canadian fintech company NEO and the digital asset spot market ErisX in 2021. 

Citadel Securities’ Troy Kane discusses the growth of retail trading, Citadel’s wade into Crypto, and its growth in Asian markets

Citadel Securities’ Troy Kane discusses the growth of retail trading, Citadel’s wade into Crypto, and its growth in Asian markets

Troy Kane got his start when he was 14 years old working on the trading floors of the Chicago Board of Trade for his mother’s company and clerking for locals. “My first job was to collect the trading cards every 15 minutes and tally up positions,” Kane said. “So if you were wrong, you were usually fired that day, so you better not be wrong. I did that every summer in high school and learned the business from the ground up.”

Griffin’s Citadel Nears Tipping Point on Chicago Exit Over Crime

Griffin’s Citadel Nears Tipping Point on Chicago Exit Over Crime

First Read Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff I have a great story to share. Last night my wife and I attended the Metals dinner, a fundraiser for the Pathway to Adventure Council (PTAC) of the Boy Scouts of America. The flag ceremony included two brothers;...

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Wall Street stocks steady after heaviest sell-off since 2020

Observations & Insight FIA's International Derivatives Expo is returning to The Brewery in London this coming 6-8 June. Standing still is not an option in today's evolving cleared derivatives environment. Without adapting to new products, processes, technologies...

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