Acquisition will expand Fimat services to US equities markets

The Fimat Group is expanding its global range of brokerage services to include the clearing of the entire US listed equities complex.


Fimat US subsidiaries and San Francisco-based PreferredTrade, Inc., have signed a definitive agreement under which Fimat intends to acquire certain assets of the equity broker.


Fimat Preferred has been set up as the company to house the assets acquired from PreferredTrade and closing is tentatively scheduled during the Summer of 2005. PreferredTrade currently specializes in direct-access electronic trade services for its customers.


The acquisition will expand Fimat's services in US cash equities, listed equity options and index futures and options.


"The addition of a U.S. equities clearing capability is an integral factor in our global prime brokerage offering and further positions Fimat for the continued convergence of cash and derivatives markets," said Cynthia Zeltwanger, President and CEO of Fimat USA. "The institutional trading community in the U.S. and abroad will ultimately benefit from the added clearing, technological and industry expertise that this deal brings into play. We hope to leverage our international exchange-traded futures and securities network to provide clients a unique opportunity to carry and finance their worldwide financial positions at one location."


Upon closing, Douglas Engmann, CEO of PreferredTrade, will be appointed CEO of Fimat Preferred, Managing Director for Equities, Fimat North America.  He previously held the role of Managing Director, ABN AMRO Clearing & Execution Services. He was also both Acting Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Pacific Exchange (PCX).   C. Mark Bold, COO of PreferredTrade and previous President and COO of ABN AMRO Sage Corporation, will be named COO of Fimat Preferred, upon closing.  He was also Executive Vice President of Sage Clearing Limited Partnership.


The new structure be integrated with the current Fimat USA equity business which was launched in April 2002 to provide listed equities option business.


Headed by Vaughan Tredwell, Managing Director-Fimat USA's Equity Product Group, and Tony Fareed, Executive Vice-President-Financial Products & Services, Fimat USA equity team began offering OTC equity derivatives in July 2004 and cash equities in the third quarter of 2004.

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