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Dean Curnutt, the founder and CEO of MRA

Macro Risk Advisors names Brian Bier head of equity derivative sales and trading

Macro Risk Advisors (MRA), a provider of global market risk analysis and derivatives trade execution for institutional investors, has appointed Brian Bier as Managing Director and Head of Equity Derivative Sales and Trading.

He will lead the sales and execution team, utilizing his expertise in option analytics and deep understanding of risk relationships to deliver superior pricing and advisory services to MRA clients.

Bier brings to MRA years of experience in providing investors access to liquidity and achieving best execution by combining his extensive knowledge of trading technology, price discovery and option trading venues. He will lead a highly regarded team of sales professionals and strategists, supporting MRA's core mission of bringing innovative hedging solutions and market intelligence to buy side clients.

"Brian has priced and risk managed some of the largest trades in the history of the options market and our clients will greatly benefit from his perspectives on portfolio risk management," says Dean Curnutt (pictured), the founder and CEO of MRA. "His client focused approach will significantly enhance both MRA's execution and strategy offering."

Bier was formerly the Head of Listed Equity Derivative Trading at Nomura Securities and previously ran energy, retail and technology volatility trading books at Banc of America Securities. Prior to that, he was a structured equity derivatives trader at Lehman Brothers. Bier holds a BS in Operations Research from Cornell University, where he graduated magna cum laude and was class valedictorian.

"I'm excited to join a team widely recognised for its expertise in equity derivatives and risk analysis," Bier says. "I look forward to advising MRA's clients on strategies for hedging and trade execution."

MRA provides services to a client base of institutional and alternative managers, collectively with AUM in excess of USD150 billion. Founded in 2008, MRA identifies areas of systemic risk and provides hedging solutions for institutional client base. As a FINRA-registered broker/dealer, MRA uses its extensive network of contacts to access deep options liquidity pools that enable the most efficient trade execution possible.

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