London – March 27 2008 – GFI Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: GFIG) has opened an office in Dubai – its first presence in the Gulf.
The new office is managed by Chris Steer and he is joined by Callum McCall and David Barnett. All three have transferred from GFI’s office in London. GFI is also retaining the services of Jonathan Peevers, who has 20 years’ experience in Gulf financial markets.
“We believe there are great opportunities in the Middle East and GFI will be transacting Murabaha business and broking Middle East debt and other Gulf-region financial instruments”, said Mr Steer. “We’ll be servicing clients both locally and internationally and, longer term, we expect to expand this office and the products offered”.
In 2006, GFI set up a London desk to develop a secondary market in Islamic bonds (Sukuk).
About GFI Group Inc. www.GFIgroup.com
GFI Group Inc. (www.GFIgroup.com) is a leading inter-dealer broker specializing in over-the-counter derivatives products and related securities. GFI Group Inc. provides brokerage services, market data and analytics software products to institutional clients in markets for a range of credit, financial, equity and commodity instruments.
Headquartered in New York, GFI was founded in 1987 and employs more than 1,700 people with additional offices in London, Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney, Seoul, Cape Town, Englewood (NJ), and Sugar Land (TX). GFI provides services and products to over 2,000 institutional clients, including leading investment and commercial banks, corporations, insurance companies and hedge funds. Its brands include GFI™, GFInet®, CreditMatch®, GFI ForexMatch™, EnergyMatch®, FENICS®, Starsupply®, Amerex® and Trayport®.
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