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IHS Markit Expands SFTR Team

IHS Markit has boosted its SFTR coverage yet further with the hire of Rashid Ali (formerly of State Street) as Director and Lead Business Analyst for STFR and Que-Phuong Dufournet (previously with Morgan Stanley) as Director, SFTR regulatory affairs. Stuart Day, who left the firm to join a hedge fund last year, has also returned to the team as Director this month. All three will report to Pierre Khemdoudi, Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Equities, Data and Analytics.

Carlo di Florio Joins ACA Compliance Group

Carlo di Florio has joined ACA Compliance as Global Chief Services Officer. He joins from FINRA, where he served as Chief Risk & Strategy Officer and as Co-Chair of the FINRA360 Project Management Office. Prior to joining FINRA, di Florio served as Director of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, where he oversaw the National Exam Program from 2010-2013.

His new responsibilities will include oversight, management, and strategic growth of ACA’s global regulatory compliance, cybersecurity and risk, AML and financial crimes, and performance practices. He also will focus on enhancing ACA’s infrastructure and technology for its service-based offerings.

TP ICAP Hires Head of Compliance

Intermediary giant TP ICAP has appointed senior US regulator Amir Zaidi as its new global head of compliance. Zaidi previously spent nine years with the US Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CTFC), which regulates the US derivatives market – most recently as Director, Division of Market Oversight. He also worked as Legal Counsel & Policy Advisor for two Commissioners and Special Counsel, Division of Market Oversight. Prior to his career at the CFTC, Zaidi worked at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and at Arnold & Porter LLP. He will be based in TP ICAP’s New York office from September 2019.

Revolut Hires Financial Crime Head

Digital challenger bank Revolut has hired Philip Doyle as its new head of financial crime. His previous roles include head of financial crime at UK-based clearing bank ClearBank and fraud prevention manager at Visa. The new hire comes following recent queries by UK regulators around Revolut’s money laundering controls, amid a record number of complaints to the financial ombudsman for a digital bank.

Scope Markets Hires New Head of Compliance

Eliza Eliadou has joined Scope Markets, an online institutional trading platform, as its Group Head of Compliance. Eliadou joins from London Capital Group, where she worked for two years starting in 2017. She was formerly with global brokerage firm easyMarkets.

Scope Markets is in a period of expansion, in July teaming up with Gold-i, a trading systems integration specialist for the ?financial services ?industry, to offer liquidity to Gold-i’s client base. Earlier this year, the firm also announced a partnership with Hong Kong-based m-FINANCE to expand its Asian footprint.

Gresham House Appoints Head of Compliance

Alternative asset manager Gresham House has appointed Geoff Lambert as Head of Compliance, effective from August 19, 2019. Based out of the firm’s London office, Lambert will report to Samee Khan, General Counsel and Company Secretary of Gresham House.

Lambert joins Gresham House from Nikko Asset Management Europe (NAME), where he led the compliance team to meet regulatory responsibilities including the implementation of MAR and MiFID II. He previously held roles with Henderson Global Investors and Royal London Asset Management.

Samantha Miller Joins Visible Alpha as CPO

MiFID II investment research specialist Visible Alpha has appointed Samantha Miller to the newly created post of Chief Product Officer. Miller joins from Dun & Bradstreet where she was Vice President of Global Product Portfolio Strategy and Management. Prior to Dun & Bradstreet, she led a division at LexisNexis as a General Manager and VP of Product. Miller will oversee product strategy and management for the company’s entire product suite. She joins a growing executive team at the firm, which last year welcomed Mark Hale (formerly of FactSet) as Chief Operating Officer and Rodney Pederson as Chief Revenue Officer.

Garry McClure Joins Delta Capital as Head of KYC

Garry McClure has joined the London office of financial services professional services firm Delta Capital to head up the firm’s KYC business, starting from September 2019. McClure was a previously a managing director at HSBC responsible for global KYC operations across investment, commercial and retail banking. Prior to that he headed up client onboarding at Barclays Capital and was an Executive Director in UBS’s global banking and markets operations business covering KYC and client data.“Key areas of banking are being disruptedby new technologies and business models, yet none more so than the area of client onboarding,” said McClure.

First Derivatives Founder Brian Conlon Dies

Brian Conlon, the Northern Irish founder and CEO of the £1 billion+ FinTech firm First Derivatives, lost his battle with cancer on July 28, 2019 at the age of 53. Conlon started at KPMG and worked briefly at Morgan Stanley and software firm Sunguard before starting First Derivatives. He listed the company in 2002 but remained its major shareholder. The firm began its search for a new CEO in May, when Conlon was first diagnosed. The search is ongoing.

NeoXam Hires New Data Expert

Buy-side software provider NeoXam has appointed Philipp Sfeir to head up its DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) business. Sfeir was most recently Head of Data Management at Zürcher Kantonalbank, one of the top four banks in Switzerland, and since 2016 has been President of the Swiss Information Providers User Group (SIPUG). Florent Fabre, COO of NeoXam, says: “The DACH region is becoming an increasingly crucial region in the global financial picture. As we continue to grow globally, we’re thrilled to be attracting experienced and determined individuals like Philipp to support us in our goals.”