TRAFiX raises capital from Marlin to further develop OEMS and FIX connectivity solutions

Rick Steves

Marlin Equity Partners provides a strategic growth investment to TRAFiX LLC, aiming to bolster its capital markets software platform. This investment is set to fast-track product development, supporting TRAFiX’s global expansion and continuous enhancement of its talent pool.

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TRAFiX LLC, a burgeoning provider of Order and Execution Management Software (OEMS) and FIX connectivity solutions in the global capital markets, has recently secured a strategic growth investment from Marlin Equity Partners.

This investment is poised to expedite TRAFiX’s product development, aiding in its global market position advancement, supporting its expansion aspirations, and continuing the investment in its people and talent.

A multi-asset, multi-geography trading system

This transaction is a significant milestone that aligns with TRAFiX’s mission of providing seamless access to capital markets through its multi-asset, multi-geography trading system, designed to support the electronic trading workflows of capital markets participants globally.

Walter Fitzgerald, Co-Founder and CEO of TRAFiX, expressed his enthusiasm regarding this partnership, “This transaction represents an incredible growth opportunity for TRAFiX and positions our company to further advance our position within our core markets. Marlin brings robust software and financial technology industry experience, operational expertise, and financial resources.”

Marlin Equity Partners’ investment delineates a collaborative venture with TRAFiX, aiming to accelerate its growth trajectory. Both parties see a substantial opportunity to work together, leveraging TRAFiX’s robust, scalable, and modular trading suite in the highly strategic capital markets landscape. The investment is anticipated to enhance TRAFiX’s product roadmap and extend its global reach.

Alex Beregovsky, a managing director at Marlin, conveyed the intent of this collaboration, stating, “We seek to partner with innovative founders and knowledgeable management teams to accelerate growth, and we see a great opportunity to collaborate with TRAFiX’s impressive team.” This partnership envisages operational and financial support to TRAFiX, enriching its customer relationships as it continues on its growth path.

The financial specifics of the transaction remain undisclosed. However, the advisory roles were clear with Marks Baughan advising TRAFiX and RBC Capital Markets advising Marlin on the financial aspects, while DLA Piper and Goodwin Proctor served as legal advisors to TRAFiX and Marlin respectively.

In summary, this strategic investment by Marlin Equity Partners is a significant step towards accelerating TRAFiX’s product development and global expansion goals. It not only provides the financial backing but also the operational expertise to navigate the complex terrain of global capital markets, aiming to offer enhanced solutions to TRAFiX’s global customer base.

TRAFiX acquires Canadian SRO solutions provider, ITS

The investment comes on the heels of TRAFiX’s successful acquisition of Integrated Transaction Systems Ltd. (ITS), a Canadian provider of capital markets connectivity and smart order routing solutions.

This acquisition was a strategic move that expanded TRAFiX’s footprint in the Canadian markets, and now, with Marlin’s investment, TRAFiX is further positioned to enhance its suite of solutions for a broader range of asset classes including equities and complex options.

This is the first instance of institutional capital infusion for TRAFiX since its establishment in 2013, signifying a robust backing to the existing executive team in bolstering its leadership position within the capital markets software ecosystem.

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