Oct, 01 2008
GFI Group Inc. Acquires Minority Interest in Argentina Inter-Dealer Broker Wed, 01 Oct 2008 21:30:03

Emerging Market Expansion for Leading Inter-Dealer Broker

NEW YORK, October 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — GFI Group Inc. (Nasdaq: GFIG) has bought a 49% stake in Premium Securities, S.A. (“Premium”), an inter-dealer broker of fixed income, foreign exchange and derivative products in Argentina.

Ron Levi, GFI’s chief operating officer said “Premium provides GFI with a partner in an important Latin American market with expansion opportunities in soft commodities and developing derivative markets. Also, we are pleased that Alejandro Bueno, Premium’s president, is continuing to lead the company. Mr Bueno has established Argentina offices for other inter-dealer brokers and that experience will be a great asset to GFI in growing our emerging market operations.”

GFI has the option to purchase the remaining 51% of Premium at specified dates over the next few years.

Premium has 15 employees and is based in Buenos Aires.

About GFI Group Inc.

GFI Group Inc. (http://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, trading platform 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, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney, Cape Town, Dubai, Tel Aviv, Calgary, Englewood (NJ) and Sugar Land (TX). GFI provides services and products to over 2,200 institutional clients, including leading investment and commercial banks, corporations, insurance companies and hedge funds. Its brands include GFI(TM), GFInet(R), CreditMatch(R), GFI ForexMatch(TM), EnergyMatch(R), FENICS(R), Starsupply(R), Amerex(R), and Trayport(R).

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GFI Group Inc.
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Executive Vice President – Corporate Development

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Investor Relations Manager

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