Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 - Cognito

Sydney office opens as financial services companies across APAC seek to comply with sweeping global regulatory reforms


SYDNEY – 5th February 2014: GreySpark Partners, a business, management and technology consultancy specialising in capital markets, has expanded its Asia Pacific operations with the opening of its first Australian office in Sydney.


GreySpark Partners Australia will provide institutional investors and banks in Australia and across the Asia Pacific region with consulting services in areas such as risk management, electronic trading and market structure.

The Sydney office will also act as GreySpark’s Asia Pacific advisory hub for over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives clearing. The $600 trillion global OTC derivatives market is already being transformed by sweeping new regulatory reforms, with the introduction of the Dodd Frank Act in the United States and the European Union’s European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) which will impact market participants globally. GreySpark will leverage the expertise it has gained in the US and Europe with financial institutions in the Asia Pacific region.

Founded in London in 2009, GreySpark advises leading global investment banks, hedge funds and asset management firms on their approaches to electronic trading, risk and data management solutions. The firm has grown to over 70 consultants globally, and Sydney has become the newest hub in APAC after Hong Kong (2011) and Singapore (2012).

The Australia team will be led by Managing Director Braian Szwarcberg-Poch, who has returned from London where he helped establish and distribute Barclays’ OTC client clearing offering across the UK and Europe. Malavika Shekar, Senior Consultant, will assist him in growing the business’s delivery organisation. Shekar previously led a number of programmes in the global OTC clearing team at JP Morgan in London.

Braian Szwarcberg-Poch said,  “The significant changes to regulation in the US and EU in relation to clearing, trade reporting and wider OTC reform bring multiple challenges to market participants in Australia and across the Asia Pacific region. Our objective is to bring GreySpark’s expertise in e-trading and market structure advisory services to enable clients to deal with regulatory change more efficiently and effectively.''

Leading with an OTC clearing broker due diligence, selection and implementation service to support institutional investors and regional banks GreySpark is establishing itself as a leader in this space.

“Many regulators in the Asia Pacific region have opted for a wait-and-see approach to OTC regulation. With initiatives such as EMIR and Dodd Frank now well underway there is a real need from market participants in this region to be up to speed with global regulations affecting the domestic marketplace,” said Szwarcberg-Poch.

The GreySpark Partners Sydney office is based at Level 5, 235 Clarence Street, Sydney. For further information visit http://greyspark.com/.


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Braian Szwarcberg-Poch
Managing Director
Prior to joining GreySpark’s office in Sydney, Australia, Braian was a business development manager at Barclays where he helped establish and distribute the firm's OTC client clearing offering across the UK and Europe. Before working as a business development manager at Barclays, he worked first in financial product valuation for Dresdner Kleinwort Investment Bank and then for Barclays, where he initially focused on high-yield credit derivatives and structured credit before moving into the OTC client clearing role.

Malavika Shekar
Senior Consultant
Before joining GreySpark’s office in Australia, Malavika spent six years at JPMorgan in London, starting in the credit hybrids middle-office team and working in credit event management throughout 2008, helping manage the bank’s exposure during a series of large-scale credit events. She subsequently moved on to JPMorgan’s OTC clearing projects global team as a project manager. Previous to her time at JPMorgan, Malavika worked as a Business Analyst in the telecommunications industry in Sydney.

About GreySpark
GreySpark Partners is a global capital markets consultancy specialising in Risk, Trading and Market Structure.
Within the Market Structure remit, we have developed a set of services in the OTC reforms space specifically to help counterparties deal with regulatory change. Some areas of focus are:
• Trade reporting
• OTC clearing broker due diligence, selection and implementation (Buy-side)
• Development of OTC client clearing offering (Sell-side)
• SEF connectivity and strategy
• Collateral management advisory
• Business implications of OTC reforms

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OTC; derivatives; clearing; electronic trading; Greyspark; risk management, electronic trading

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