BTIG, an institutional broker-dealer, has become a member of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) and expanded its team in Hong Kong as it continues to grow its Asian trading operations.
Receiving membership to HKEx will allow BTIG Hong Kong to access the market directly on behalf of its clients. “Our clients want access to a global platform and through our office in Hong Kong we are able to offer that service across Asia,” said Kevin Chessen, head of BTIG’s International division, in a statement. “Our acceptance to the Hong Kong Exchange is an important part of our growth in the region and combined with the exceptional talent that we are attracting to BTIG, we are well positioned to take advantage of opportunities across Asia.”
BTIG Hong Kong has appointed Charles Crofton-Atkins as an executive director. He has previously held positions at SHK Securities, South China Securities, HSBC Securities and Credit Suisse First Boston. The Hong Kong team now has 17 members, including five sales traders and three execution traders, covering all markets in Asia.
“Hong Kong is an important strategic market for BTIG and provides a gateway for us to the rest of Asia,” added Grant Mason, CEO, BTIG Hong Kong. “The ongoing expansion of the team in Hong Kong provides our clients with a strong on-the-ground presence with local knowledge and expertise combined with BTIG’s proven model of high-touch execution and compelling value-added services.”