Solid hires FX industry veteran Darren Barker for multi-bank ECN’s business development

Rick Steves

His curriculum vitae includes former roles at Cantor Fitzgerald, Sucden Financial, R.J. O’Brien, Jefferies, Natixis, Unicredit, J.P. Morgan, Raiffeisen, RBS International, UBS, Deutsche Bank, and Citi. 

Solid has appointed Darren Barker as Head of Business Development as part of the non-bank market maker and multi-bank ECN’s expansion efforts of its institutional FX business and sales team.

Headquartered in the Netherlands, Solid has recently formed a strategic partnership with UK-based multi-asset liquidity provider BidX Markets to team up in an all-encompassing institutional offering for investors and businesses.

30 years in the FX industry, now at Solid

Darren Barker is an FX industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience covering a wide range of roles including risk management, market-making and client relationship management, with a focus on Hedge Funds, CTA’s, Asset Managers and Family Offices. Prior to joining Solid, he worked on growing and developing Prime Brokerage based businesses for leading Brokerage companies within the FX Agency space.

His curriculum vitae includes former roles at Cantor Fitzgerald, Sucden Financial, R.J. O’Brien, Jefferies, Natixis, Unicredit, J.P. Morgan, Raiffeisen, RBS International, UBS, Deutsche Bank, and Citi.

Diego Baptista, Director at Solid, commented: “Solid has seen significant growth in recent years, especially in the institutional trading space. Darren Barker has joined us to take our institutional sales focus to the next level and assist us with our expansion plans. At Solid, people are our most important asset, and our number one focus is building a strong support team to ensure our clients receive the best trading conditions and assistance available in today’s market. Barker’s experience will be invaluable as we embark on this mission, especially when it comes to serving our traders and investors with customised requirements.”

Darren Barker, Head of Business Development at Solid, commented: “I’m delighted to be joining one of the leaders in the field of institutional trading technology and Tier1 Liquidity. As well as having some of the best trading conditions on the market the team carries with them an outstanding reputation. I’m looking forward to contributing to the firm’s ongoing success and helping build on an already very talented team. Collectively we are planning to expand the business into new jurisdictions and strive to become the market leader within the institutional space.”

Solid provides multi-bank ECN for the institutional foreign exchange market in mainland Europe, with an offering that includes deep liquidity, complete anonymity, no execution fees and a proprietary matching engine.

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