TRADING UP: Citadel Adds in Europe; Mischler Hires Pair


Mete Mustecaplioglu, previously head of trading at LaSalle, joined Citadel Securities in late February, according to a regulatory register. He will trade equities in London. Two traders who previously worked for Susquehanna International Group have also joined Citadel Securities – Adam Coyne as an  exchange-traded funds director, and Kevin Forristal as an options trader. Both are located in Dublin.

Compliance and Risk Management SaaS technology firm Opus appointed Lee Kirschbaum as SVP and Head of Product, Marketing, and Alliances. Kirschbaum will be responsible for growing the firm’s client list. With over two decades of experience, Kirschbaum was most recently President of Kroll Compliance where he worked on accelerating Kroll’s growth within the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Bribery and Corruption markets. Before that, he held a number of senior leadership roles at Dun & Bradstreet.

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Avant Global promoted Thomas Carroll to Chief Information Officer, and Victoria Ippolito to Controller. As CIO, Carroll will be responsible for leading research initiatives, discovery of future partnerships, due diligence on venture investments and constructing the supply chain of AG’s information ecosystem.  Previously, Carroll served as Avant Global’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

Ippolito will be responsible for preparing financial statements, general ledger, payroll, AR/AP, budgeting and various special analyses. She will also serve as Assistant to the Chief Information Officer. Ippolito joined the Avant Global team as an intern in 2016, and took on a full-time role as the firm’s Junior Controller and Office Manager earlier this year. Previously, she was an Assistant Planner at Siemens Planning.

NEX Reg, a new think tank focused on regulatory and market structure issues, has hired Kay Swinburne as its Chairman. Swinburne will work with senior leaders from across NEX Group to publish regular white papers and host events for the wider market to debate and illuminate key issues.

Peter Gorra joined Nomura Securities as the Head of G10 Trading. Gorra was previously the Head of Foreign Exchange at BNP Paribas and also spent time at RBS and Credit Suisse.

Rosenthal Collins Group, an independent futures clearing firm, announced the appointment of Hilton T. Sheng to the new position of President, Structured Products Division. Sheng, who joins RCG with more than 30 years of futures industry experience, will operate out of the New York office and build on the company’s newly established expertise in structured products. Prior to joining RCG, Sheng served as Senior Vice President, Structured Products, for R.J. O’Brien & Associates since 2011. He was a Director and Senior Energy Marketer for Hudson Capital Energy and served as a Vice President of Refco LLC, where he managed the firm’s New York Institutional Energy Desk.

Rosenthal also hired Matthew Straight as its new Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President. Straight joins RCG with 26 years of experience in technology leadership, engineering and financial services. Prior, Straight served since 2015 as Executive Director and Financial Solutions Architect for Burwood Group, Inc., a Chicago-based national consulting firm.

Gain GTX, a registered swap dealer, has hired Ed Schwartz as Managing Director, Agency Sales. Prior to joining GTX, Schwartz was at Citi, where he was responsible for covering global macro and real money accounts. He previously held senior sales and trading roles at Bank Julius Baer, JP Morgan and Bankers Trust-Deutsche Bank. He will be based in GTX’s Jersey City office and report to John Miesner, Global Head of Sales.

Mischler Financial Group, a veteran-owned  boutique investment bank and institutional brokerage, has hired a pair of equities sales traders. Mathew Horan, a 15-year securities industry veteran who joined from Goldman Sachs, where he was VP International Equity Sales/ Trading. Horan covers long long-only and hedge fund accounts in the U.S., Hong Kong and Singapore. Prior to Goldman Sachs, he  was Senior Vice President Equity Sales / Trading for BNP Paribas Securities. Earlier in his career, Horan was the Pan Asia Equity Trader for The Boston  Company Asset Management.

Also joining is John Barone, a 25-year  US equities trading market veteran who, prior to his role at Mischler, was VP Equity Sales/Trading for agency brokerage Cheevers & Co.  Earlier in his career, he was Principal and Equity Trader at William Blair & Company. He has also served as President of the Security Traders Association of Chicago and on the Board of Governors of the National Security Trader Association. Horan will be based in Mischler’s Boston office while Barone will operate from the firm’s  Chicago trading desk.

Dan Watkins was appointed to lead BNY Mellon Markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He replaces Richard Gill, who announced his retirement earlier this year after 20 years with the company. Watkins joined BNY Mellon in the summer from equities platform Squawker Trading. He had been working with the bank as a consultant assessing its strategy. Watkins has held senior roles at JP Morgan and Jardine Fleming and was one of the co-founders of the buyside order management system LatentZero.

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