Institutional trading and brokerage firm BTIG has hired long-time trader Eddie Benson to expand its presence in Europe.
Benson joins the firm in the newly created role of head of European sales trading with three decades of experience as a London-based trader, and most recently trading for clients at Deutsche Bank.
Matthew Cyzer, president and head of European equities for BTIG, said Benson’s appointment marked a significant step forward for the firm’s plans for European expansion.
“Hiring Eddie represents a major coup for BTIG. Having worked alongside him at Deutsche Bank for many years, I consider him to be, quite simply the best in the business.
“His experience, enthusiasm and deep client relationships are unmatched and will be hugely beneficial as we continue to expand our European business,” Cyzer said.
Benson joined trader Rowe and Pitman in 1981 and later worked at SG Warburg after the two firms merged. He joined Deutsche Bank in 1996 to help build the firm’s European equities trading platform and from 2006 worked on client coverage for Deutsche.
In another notable European appointment announced today, Aurelie Vincent has joined broker and clearer Newedge’s European capital introductions team (CTA) as a director.
Vinent, who joins from Lyxor Asset Management, will be based in Paris and is responsible for growing the firm’s CTA and global macro institutional investor segment and will report to the European head of capital introductions.
Newedge’s capital introductions business matches investors with funds according to their needs, with a focus on pension funds, Middle Eastern investors and family offices.