Former FENICS TraderSM- FX Options trading platform – to be operated by GFI Group
New York, January 14, 2013 – GFI Group Inc. (NYSE:GFIG) announced today that the FENICS FX options multi-bank trading platform “FENICS TraderSM“ will now be operated by regulated subsidiaries of GFI Group Inc. and renamed GFI Direct.
This repositioning of the Request for Quote “RFQ” platform for FX options responds to the requirements of the new regulatory environment introduced by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the regulations issued by the CFTC.
Paul Millward, Head of FX E-Commerce at GFI Group said: “We are delighted to be taking responsibility for building on the success of FENICS Trader under the GFI Direct brand. Our GFI Direct customers will continue to receive the high level of service that they currently receive from FENICSSM. In addition, we will develop the GFI Direct product as a key part of GFI’s FX ecommerce strategy”.
Richard Brunt, Managing Director of FENICS, explained the changes: “We are making these changes in response to US regulations enacted as part of the Dodd Frank Act. This transition will not inconvenience our clients or our liquidity providers with no change to their existing workflow”, Brunt continued: “GFI Direct will be available as a trading venue via the FENICS ProfessionalSM desktop, with auto population of order requests to GFI Direct and STP of post trade details for risk management and downstream processing”.
FENICS Trader was launched in February 2011.FENICS Trader is a single point of access to multi-bank liquidity for foreign exchange options. It facilitates independent FX options price discovery, offering a “many-to-many” venue for bilateral trading and execution.
About GFI Group Inc.
GFI Group Inc. (NYSE: “GFIG”) is a leading provider of wholesale brokerage services, clearing services, 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 fixed income, financial, equity and commodity instruments.
Fenics Software Limited is a subsidiary of GFI Group Inc.
Headquartered in New York, GFI was founded in 1987 and employs more than 2,100 people with additional offices in London, Paris, Nyon, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney, Cape Town, Santiago, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Dublin, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles and Sugar Land (TX).
GFI Group Inc. provides services and products to over 2,600 institutional clients, including leading investment and commercial banks, corporations, insurance companies and hedge funds. Its brands include GFISM, GFInet®, CreditMatch®, GFI ForexMatch®, EnergyMatch®, FENICS®, Starsupply®, Amerex®, Trayport® and Kyte®.
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