GFI Group expands FX footprint in Israel
New York, May 24, 2010 – GFI Group (NASDAQ: “GFIG”) announced today that Mizrahi Tefahot Bank of Israel has deployed FENICS Professional™ forpricing and risk management of its FX options business. Mizrahi Tefahot Bank, one of the leading banks in Israel in the field of FX trading, derivatives and options, has been a client of GFI FENICSsm since 1998.
Mr. Doron Levy, Dealing Room Manager at Mizrahi Tefahot Bank of Israel said: “We highly value FENICS Professional for its robust functionality for pricing, calculation of non-linear risks, structured pricing functionality, and market data. It is a strong tool to support dealers’ portfolio management”. Mr. Levy added, “We are very pleased with the new functionality that has been added to the system that is fully integrated with our back-office system. The new FENICS Enterprise module will allow our Middle Office to use FENICS Pricing via an Excel interface for internal purposes.”
Richard Brunt, Head of FENICS at GFI Group commented: “The new release of FENICS Professional- version 12.1- will include functionality that has come directly from client feedback, such as the addition of sales term sheets, the ability to spread prices by counterparty and the tools to distribute retail structures directly to sales and branch networks. It is this scalability of FENICS Professional that continues to attract blue ribbon clients to the product.“
The agreement includes a new commitment for 3 years.
GFI FENICS continues to expand its presence in the Israeli market where it enjoys a broad client base.
FENICS Professional is a suite of pricing, trading, risk management and STP (straight-through processing) components allowing customers to control, monitor and oversee every aspect of FX option trading and lifecycle management from one single interface.
GFI FENICS has been providing leading FX derivatives software since 1987. Its products are licensed to over 350 client firms worldwide – 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 (fixed Income), 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 Group Inc. provides services and products to over 2,400 institutional clients, including leading investment and commercial banks, corporations, insurance companies and hedge funds. Its brands include GFI SM, GFInet®, CreditMatch®, GFI ForexMatch®, EnergyMatch®, FENICS®, Starsupply®, Amerex®, and Trayport®.
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