First Security House in Korea to take GFI Group’s market-leading FX system
New York, December 14, 2009 – GFI Group Inc. (Nasdaq: “GFIG”) announced today that Woori Investments & Securities (Woori I&S), a pioneer in the Korean domestic securities market, has licensed FENICS® Professional, a pricing and risk management system for foreign exchange options.
The agreement allows Woori I&S to use FENICS® Professional for pricing, analysis and structuring of FX options, including exotic options. Woori I&S plans to expand their business scope in the FX options trading space that has traditionally been the domain for banks.
Keon-ho Kang, General Manager of Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Derivatives Trading Department at Woori Investments said, “When starting out our FX options business, we naturally went for GFI FENICS®, as there is proven credibility in their ability to provide market pricing and accurate analysis. During the trial process, I have seen for myself that FENICS® Professional has enhanced product support for non-deliverable currencies such as the Korean Won.” “As an end-to-end solution, it provides the necessary tools such as a straight-through processing capability that caters for our future expansion”, he added.
“We are very pleased to welcome Woori I&S as a customer” said Elliott Hann, Head of GFI FENICS® Sales for Asia Pacific “They are the first Korean securities house moving into this space and we are proud to be working with them in this initiative”.
Richard Brunt, Global Head of GFI FENICS®, added” GFI FENICS® continues to see strong growth in Asia from countries such as Korea, China and Taiwan. We are looking forward to expanding our presence in the region with additional hires in 2010, to ensure our growing client base will continue to receive the very best in support services”.
FENICS® Professional is a suite of pricing, trading, risk management and STP (straight-through processing) components allowing customers to monitor and oversee every aspect of their FX option trading and lifecycle management.
GFI FENICS® is licensed to over 350 clients worldwide including financial institutions and corporations, with thousands of users benefiting from its solutions.
About GFI Group Inc. www.GFIgroup.com
GFI Group Inc. (Nasdaq: “GFIG”) is a leading provider of wholesale brokerage, electronic execution and trading support products for global financial markets. GFI Group Inc. provides brokerage services, market data, trading platform and analytics software products to institutional clients in markets for a range of credit, financial, equity and commodity instruments.
Fenics Software Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of GFI Group Inc.
Headquartered in New York, GFI was founded in 1987 and employs more than 1,700 people with additional offices in London, Paris, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney, Cape Town, Santiago, Dubai, Dublin, Tel Aviv, Calgary, Englewood (NJ) and Sugar Land (TX). GFI provides services and products to over 2,100 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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