12.16.2019
By John D'Antona

TRADING UP: Noll Joins Context Capital Partners

Context Capital Partners, a leading alternative specialist firm with holdings and operating companies in various sectors of the alternatives space, announced Eric Noll is being appointed Chief Executive Officer of Context Capital Partners, while Ron Biscardi is shifting to become Chief Executive Officer of Context Summits on a full-time basis. In his new role, Noll will be responsible for overall management of Context Capital Partners and its various holdings, growth initiatives and strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Context, Noll spent 15 years at Susquehanna International Group, where he held various management and leadership positions. He then moved to NASDAQ in 2009, serving as the Executive Vice-President of Transaction Services and CEO of its regulated Exchanges. In 2013, he was appointed CEO of Convergex LLC and subsequent to that, he was an advisor and board member at several financial technology companies as well as served as the interim President of Franklin and Marshall College and continues as a member of their Board of Trustees.

Eric Noll, ConvergEx

Eric Noll, Context Capital Partners

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Aegon Asset Management has hired Jeff Grills, CFA, as the head of emerging markets debt. Grills is responsible for the portfolio management of emerging markets strategies and leading the Emerging Markets Debt team. Prior to joining Aegon AM, he was a partner at Gramercy Funds Management and a senior portfolio manager for emerging markets strategies. He was also as a senior member of the Credit Investment Committee responsible for overseeing investments in all credit-related strategies. Before that role, Jeff was a portfolio manager and co-head of the Emerging Market Debt team at JPMorgan Asset Management.

Financial intelligence provider Qontigo, part of Deutsche Börse Group, has landed Stephan Flägel as Global Head of Indices & Benchmarks. In that role, he will oversee Qontigo’s index business. Flägel will assume the role from Steffen Hermanns, who has announced his decision to retire in 2020, and will report to Holger Wohlenberg, Chief Business Officer of Qontigo. He joins Qontigo from Refinitiv where he also served as Global Head of Indices & Benchmarks.

Analyst Hub announced the opening of their West Coast office in San Francisco in conjunction with the addition of former Deutsche Bank executive Warren Dowd as head of west coast sales. Dowd brings over 20 years of sell-side research sales experience at Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and Cowen.

AxiomSL appointed Claudia Thurner as EMEA General Manager. She joins AxiomSL from SmartStream Technologies where she led European and Latin American Sales and Global Strategic Accounts. Previously, she was at Thomson Reuters based in Europe, Asia, and the US where she specialized in risk management business and product development.

BTIG grabbed Stefanie Gianakis as its new Director of Recruitment.

OANDA, a firm providing online multi-asset trading services and currency data and analytics, snagged Lucian Lauerman as Head of Solutions for Business. Based in London, he will be responsible for the strategic growth of the firm’s corporate offering. Lauerman brings with him more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, coming from Saxo Bank, where he most recently served as Global Head of Electronic Distribution following a term as Head of the API Business. He has previously worked at Lloyds Banking Group, GL Trade – Capital Markets Solutions and FNX Limited.

Adam Merritt, CPQi

HAYVN, the global crypto assets platform, appointed Anil Mehta as General Counsel. Mehta will also be joining HAYVN’s advisory board. He brings more than twenty years of senior legal experience across Europe, MENA and Asia, having worked across technology, private equity and project finance industries.

CPQi, the leading provider of capital markets, corporate and private banking, corporate treasury and alternative asset management technology services, hired Adam Merritt as Senior Sales Executive for the North America region. Merritt brings over a decade of experience in banking and financial technology and will be based in New York, reporting to Jason Beck, global head for the U.S. and Mexico division. Merritt was previously involved in capital raising and due diligence at a leading private equity firm and prior to that was Client Partner at Wipro and began his career at Credit Suisse in Equity Sales and State Street Global Markets in Structured Products and Fixed Income.

Also, BTIG grabbed Camilo Lyon as the firm’s Research and Strategy division to launch coverage across the consumer sector, focusing on lifestyle and wellness brands. He will be based in the firm’s New York office, and will report to David Lenchus, Director of Research at BTIG.

Bart Schmeetz is set to become the new global head of Financial Markets at ING as of January 1, 2020. Schmeetz currently holds the position of Sector head Financial Institutions at ING. He started his career at ING in 1993 as a relationship manager and has held various international management roles since 1999. After leading the Corporate and Financial Institutions clients business across emerging markets in EMEA, Latin America and Asia, Schmeetz was appointed head of Financial Institutions, which he has further developed into a strong contributor to ING’s Wholesale Banking organization.

Tradition, an interdealer broker in over-the-counter commodity and financial products, announced Angus Wink will be joining the company in a senior management role in early 2020. He will be reporting to London Co-Heads Mike Anderson and Dan Marcus.

Samantha Roady, MoneyLion

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Redline Trading Solutions hired Andrij Wowkodaw as Global Head of Foreign Exchange. He brings over 15 years of buy-side and sell-side electronic and algorithmic trading experience to Redline. Most recently, Wowkodaw served as Director of eFX Quantitative Analysis at Scotiabank. His experience leading in the eFX space will add significant strength to the development efforts of Redline’s electronic and algorithmic eFX trading platform. Prior to Scotiabank, he held trading and portfolio management roles at AXE Capital Management, Eagleview Capital Partners, First New York Securities, and Millennium Partners.

Stifel Financial Corp. hired Mark May as a Managing Director in the Stifel Global Technology Group with a focus on Internet and Digital Media Investment Banking. In this role, May will provide strategic advice to companies in a wide range of emerging technology sub-sectors. He brings more than two decades of experience analyzing and working with internet companies and most recently was Citigroup’s Internet Analyst, where he led equity research coverage of the Internet sector. He was previously an Internet Analyst at Barclays, Needham & Co., JPMorgan Chase, and Hambrecht & Quist.

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