LONDON, 15th February 2011 – GreySpark Partners, a London-based business, management and technology consultancy specialising in capital markets, today announced the launch of GreySpark Capital Markets Intelligence, the firm’s research and strategy consulting offering. This division has been established in response to an industry-wide demand for quality, impartial and detailed analysis of markets trends.
Delivering research reports on timely industry topics, GreySpark’s innovative approach, different from traditional research firms, is based on three distinctive pillars:
- Close relationships with a large number of decision-makers in all segments of the financial industry (banking institutions, regulators, exchanges, vendors and buy- and sell-side)
- Practical experience of delivering actual business and technology solutions to financial institutions
- Rigorous quantitative and qualitative analysis executed by a newly appointed specialist team
Initial research studies will be prepared on a variety of current and significant industry issues. These include the future of eCommerce; the impact of new regulations (e.g. Dodd-Frank, MiFID II and CFTC proposals) and the challenges of trading in emerging markets.
GreySpark Capital Markets Intelligence will be driven by two new hires: Anna Pajor and Sarah Hajjar. Pajor joins from the Boston Consulting Group in Warsaw, Poland, where she advised financial institutions on how to improve their operating models. She holds an MsC in Mathematics from the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. Hajjar joins GreySpark from Libano Francaise Finance (LFF) in Beirut, Lebanon, where she worked successively on the bank’s foreign exchange, fixed income, treasury, equity and derivative desks. Previously, she worked in the advisory department of KPMG in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as a market and financial analyst. Hajjar holds a degree in Finance and Business Administration from the American University of Beirut. Both members will report directly GreySpark’s Managing Partner.
Frederic Ponzo, managing partner, Grey Spark Partners, commented: “Through our collective and considerable experience in delivering results to the capital markets, we noticed an inherent need in the industry for a fully comprehensive, impartial and informed research offering. By establishing GreySpark Capital Markets Intelligence, we will be giving the industry key insights into market analysis, looking to positively shape the way that strategy is developed and ultimately changing the way that decisions are made in the capital markets.”
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