BTIG, a broker dealer specialising in institutional trading and related brokerage services, has launched a global futures trading desk led by Robert Gagnon, who joins as head of futures sales and trading.

The desk will include new hires Suraj Raythatha and Allison Carley.

The desk is staffed by traders with an average of more than ten years of experience in futures, and provides access to 35+ global markets and more than 1,500 products. This includes specialty markets such as the London Metals Exchange and the energy complex, both listed products and OTC.

“Of the 1,800 institutional clients that trade with us, many are very active in the futures market,” says Steven Starker, co-founder of BTIG. “We are here to serve our clients’ needs with high-touch service – if futures is an area where they need attention and focus, we want to provide that service. As portfolio managers become more sophisticated and attentive to risk and risk management, tools like the use of futures will likely continue to rise.”

Prior to joining BTIG, Gagnon was at RBC Capital Markets where he was director of sales for futures and commodities. Over a 20-year career working in Canada, Asia and New York, Gagnon has managed businesses in FX, e-FX and futures at the Bank of Montreal, State Street Bank and Morgan Stanley.

Raythatha joins BTIG as a vice president and also comes from RBC Capital Markets, where he was a base metals sales trader in the futures division. He also worked in RBC’s Toronto and Calgary offices in the equity sales trading and energy equity research groups covering Canadian E&P producers.

Carley joins BTIG as a director, focusing on the sales and trading of energy instruments. Prior to BTIG, Carley was with Tullett Prebon Americas, where she was a member of the oil products and biofuels team focusing on physical and financial ethanol and RIN brokerage.


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