New York – 12 May 2009. GFI Group Inc.(Nasdaq: GFIG) announces today that Mike Prokop, Senior Vice President of Amerex Brokers LLC, a subsidiary of GFI Group Inc. will serve on the newly expanded Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (“CFTC”) Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee (“EEMAC”). Mike Prokop is a highly experienced professional in the U.S. energy markets and brings to the EEMAC a deep understanding of how the OTC energy and emissions markets function.
“The mission, mandate and membership of the EEMAC are being expanded to ensure that we are ready for what could be a $2 trillion market in the future,” CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton said in an announcement released by the CFTC on April 17th. “We will have impressive experts who will help us as we try and figure out what needs to be done on day one after legislation becomes law.”
Mike Prokop of Amerex adds, “I look forward to helping the CFTC consider, design and conduct thoughtful and effective regulation vital to the U.S. energy and emissions markets.” Mr. Prokop is the only executive from an OTC energy brokerage firm serving on the Committee.
Amerex has been active in the emissions markets since 2001 and currently brokers all the U.S. Federal and regional emissions markets including NOx, SO2, HGB NOx, ERCs, DERCs and RECs. Amerex’s parent company, GFI Group, operates EnergyMatch® an electronic energy trading platform in North America, bringing together buyers and sellers of derivative and physical commodities contracts. It enables financial institutions, hedge funds, energy companies, transporters and other natural market participants to trade OTC markets, manage risks associated with price, volatility and diversify assets.
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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, Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney, Seoul, Cape Town, Calgary, Englewood (NJ), and Sugar Land (TX). GFI provides services and products to over 2,200 institutional clients, including leading 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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