R.J. O’Brien hires new five-person metals team to be based in London
Chicago-based R.J. O’Brien & Associates (RJO) today announced that its London-based affiliate, R.J. O’Brien Limited (RJO Limited), has hired a new, highly experienced five-person metals team. Co-led by metals market veterans Bradley Marchant and Steven Bingley, the team will provide institutional clients globally with trade execution and clearing services, specializing in the world’s leading metals markets – the London Metal Exchange (LME) and CME Group.
Marchant, Bingley and their team have worked together for the past eight years, providing trade execution in the base metals markets. At RJO Limited, the team will offer services – including voice brokerage and direct market access (DMA) – in base, precious and non-ferrous metals to a wide range of clients, including physical metals traders, asset managers, hedgers, producers and high-frequency traders.
Mark Phelps, Managing Director, EMEA for RJO Limited, said:
“We are delighted to bring on such a well-established and respected team within the metals space under the leadership of Bradley and Steven. This is a powerful combination that leverages RJO’s extensive execution and clearing capabilities with the team’s strong track record and career-long experience in the metals markets. It will significantly enhance our base metals coverage and represent our strongest offering to date since we joined LME in 2015 as a Category 2 clearing member.”
“Our team is extraordinarily excited to bring our metals expertise to RJO, a firm with a great reputation and more than a century of valuable commodity market history. A huge attraction for us and major institutions is the company’s deep understanding of the business and ability to provide full-service clearing alongside trade execution on both LME and CME. We have everything we need to build a strong metals franchise for RJO.”
Marchant has more than 32 years of experience in the metals markets, joining BGC in 2013 as Co-Head of the base and non-ferrous metals desk after a successful career as a metals trader and leader at multiple high-profile firms, including AIG International Inc. and Société Générale. His experience includes trading as an agency trader, market maker and proprietary trader at both Category 1 and Category 2 members of the LME, providing hedging and execution strategies in the mining finance sector, and managing portfolios and hedging at a physical trade company.
Bingley, who also served as Co-Head of the base and non-ferrous metals desk at BGC since 2014, has more than four decades of metals experience, including 37 years as a trader for banks, trade houses and brokerage companies. He has established multiple companies, introducing DMA with client development, finance, credit, deliveries and assisting in building straight-through processing back-office and trading systems and has been a key part of the metals teams at ICAP, Dresdner Bank, Bear Stearns and Carr Futures during his career.
Other members of the new RJO metals team are Joe Gregory, Martin Trott and Grant Gibbons, who have a combined 76 years of experience in the industry.