GCEX MENA appoints Olivier Honsberger to further deliver crypto trading solutions in region

Rick Steves

“I am confident that my experience, combined with Mehtap’s experience, will enable us to drive the business forwards in the Middle East. I also have an extensive network of institutional investors in the region which I will leverage to help GCEX with its ambitious growth plans.”

GCEX MENA, the digital prime brokerage registered in Dubai to operate in the Middle East and North Africa region, has announced the appointment of Olivier Honsberger to the board of directors.

GCEX MENA was launched in July 2022 with the opening of its Dubai office and the appointment of Mehtap Önder as Managing Director. Olivier Honsberger will oversee the day-to-day operations of the company and play a key role in developing the firm’s growth strategy in the region.

Honsberger to leverage extensive network of institutional investors to help GCEX MENA grow

Olivier Honsberger is the former CEO of Mirabaud (Middle East) and Board Director at Mirabaud (Abu Dhabi). The industry veteran has a proven track record in establishing financial services brands and entering new markets.

He worked at Mirabaud Group for over 22 years and has a wealth of experience in banking, asset management and private funds in Europe and the Middle East.

The executive is also a founding member of Global Millennial Capital PIF, having chaired the fund’s Advisory and Investment Committee for the last two years. In addition, he is a member of the Swiss Financial Analysts Association and has a Swiss Federal Diploma for Expert in Finance and Investments.

Mehtap Önder, Managing Director at GCEX MENA, commented: “Olivier has an extremely impressive track record in the region, having built a private Swiss bank in the UAE from scratch and grown the business in the Middle East to USD 4 billion assets under management. We are very excited about his appointment and I am looking forward to working closely with him to put solid foundations in place to grow our business in the Middle East.”

Olivier Honsberger said: “GCEX is a dynamic fintech with a huge amount of potential in the region and a very forward thinking ethos. The firm also has an impressive team, having been founded by Lars Holst, a successful entrepreneur with a track record in growing successful businesses. GCEX’s strong credentials and its ongoing focus on staying ahead of the curve made it a very appealing organisation for me to join. I am confident that my experience, combined with Mehtap’s experience, will enable us to drive the business forwards in the Middle East. I also have an extensive network of institutional investors in the region which I will leverage to help GCEX with its ambitious growth plans.”

GCEX offers ‘Crypto In A Box’ plug and play trading solution for digital assets

GCEX enables brokers, hedge funds and professional traders to access deep liquidity in digital assets and also offers a range of technology solutions.

The prime brokerage and fintech provides a modular ‘Crypto In A Box‘ plug and play trading solution comprising of a technology-agnostic platform that covers regulation, regulated custody, safety of funds, tier 1 liquidity, and technology (both backend and frontend).

GCEX Group has a rapidly growing global client base and offices in London, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Kuala Lumpur and Dubai. It is regulated by the UK’s FCA and the Danish FSA and has secured investment from TGV4 Plus.

GCEX MENA has been granted provisional regulatory approval by the Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority in Dubai (VARA) to operate as a crypto exchange and is part of the Dubaiverse community.

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