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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.”
Fenergo Raises €66 Million
Irish regulatory compliance firm Fenergo has raised €66 million in investment, according to documents filed with the Companies and Registration Office. The firm is believed to have raised the financing by selling shares to CSC Computer Science Holdings, an affiliate of US-based DXC Technology. DXC General Manager Edward Ho has joined Fenergo as a Director, according to a separate filing made by the company.
Fenergo recorded sales of €57.7 million and a pre-tax profit of €2.6 million for the year ended March 2018.
Claudia Rodriguez Joins Pega
Digital transformation specialist Pega Systems has appointed Claudia Rodriguez as inclusion and diversity (I&D) leader, based out of the company’s Cambridge, Mass. headquarters. Her role will focus on creating I&D talent management initiatives with a focus on talent attraction, development, engagement, and retention. She was most recently senior manager of inclusion and diversity in Accenture’s Global Center of Expertise.