Marex Spectron To Acquire Chicago-Based XFA Execution Broker

Marex Spectron To Acquire Chicago-Based XFA Execution Broker

PR Newswire

LONDON and CHICAGO, Nov. 11, 2020

Continues expansion of North American franchise

LONDON and CHICAGO, Nov. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Marex Spectron, the global commodities specialist, today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire X-Change Financial Access (XFA), a fast-growing exchange-traded derivatives (ETD) execution broker. The transaction, expected to close on 13 November, broadens the Marex Spectron product range, further strengthens its North American presence and builds on its global clearing infrastructure, while providing XFA clients with ready access to complementary products and services.

Headquartered in Chicago with offices in New York and San Francisco, XFA is a leading agency-only broker in benchmark global products, including equity options (S&P 500 Index Options, Volatility Index Options, Equity and Exchange-Traded Funds, and Flex-Based execution), futures and futures options (including S&P 500 Index, Eurodollar, Treasury and commodities).

Founded in 2001, XFA provides a broad range of services, including agency trade execution, market information and strategy, 24-hour global futures execution, and direct market access (DMA). Its international client list includes many of the world's largest banks, inter-dealer brokers, hedge funds, commodity trading advisors and market makers.

XFA is today one of the leading volume brokers in global ETDs. In S&P 500 Index Options (SPX), XFA accounted for over 50% of all volumes in the first three quarters of 2019; it is consistently ranked in the top two firms, by volume, in Volatility Index Options (VIX).

The acquisition will add more than 100 XFA trading and support professionals, who will continue to be led by the management team made up of Founder and Senior Managing Partner Tim Hendricks, and Managing Partners Peter Scheffler and William Ellington.

Ian Lowitt, Chief Executive of Marex Spectron, commented: "XFA is a very exciting addition to our business. This acquisition will be an important building block in our plans to expand in North America, which is our fastest growing region. XFA is an exceptional fit, adding new products to our service offering.  The acquisition creates opportunities to cross-sell our products, including clearing services, and Marex can support XFA's geographic expansion. XFA has a very impressive track record built on its extensive market experience, with an excellent brand and dominant share across multiple products. We are adding a great team, serving a sophisticated and demanding client base, with outstanding trading and support, and highly experienced and effective management."

Hendricks said: "Joining Marex Spectron is an important step in the evolution of XFA, as we expand our offerings and accelerate our growth out of North America.  Marex Spectron is a fast-growing, ambitious firm, with similar ideals to our own, which makes this all the more exciting.  Bill, Peter and I are thrilled to be joining the Marex team as there are tremendous opportunities for our business.  Our management team and brokers look forward to joining a firm that understands the complexities of our industry and the importance of evolving to meet clients' needs in an ever-changing environment.  We will continue to provide our clients with 'best execution,' coupled with Marex Spectron's product and service suite, affording XFA exciting growth opportunities."

Upon completion of the transaction, XFA will be part of Marex Spectron's fast-growing North American franchise, reporting to Ram Vittal, CEO, Marex North America.  Marex North America comprises Rosenthal Collins Group and the recently acquired Matthews Group, alongside incumbent Marex Spectron metals, energy and agricultural brokerage teams in Chicago, New York, Houston, Connecticut, Calgary and Montreal. North America accounts for approximately a third of the firm's gross revenues.

As part of Marex Spectron, XFA will be able to:

Advantages to Marex Spectron include:

About Marex Spectron Group Limited

Marex Spectron is a leading global commodities specialist providing clients with extensive access to financial and physical markets across Metals, Agriculture and Energy. The firm provides comprehensive breadth and depth of coverage across four core services: Market Making, Commercial Hedging (both on exchange execution and clearing, and OTC derivatives), Price Discovery and Data/Advisory. It has a leading franchise in many major Metals, Energy and Agricultural products, executing around 31 million trades a year and clearing over 183 million contracts.  The firm provides access to every major commodity market in the world, covering a broad range of clients that include the largest commodity producers, consumers and traders, banks, hedge funds and asset managers.

Marex Spectron was formed in May 2011, following the integration of Marex Financial and Spectron Group but boasts a long history in commodities that spans almost 100 years.

Headquartered in London, Marex Spectron has 15 offices worldwide, with over 800 employees across Europe, Asia and America.  For more information visit

Marex Spectron Milestones:

2005     Marex Group established
2010     Establishes Marex North America
2011     Acquires Spectron Group Limited to form Marex Spectron
2017     Launches Marex Solutions
2019     Acquires CSC Commodities UK Ltd (January)
2019     Acquires Rosenthal. Collins Group, Chicago (February)
2019     Acquires Energy Brokers Ireland (February)
2019     Launches Marex Financial Products (September)
2019     Acquires Marquee Oil (December)
2020     Acquires Tangent Trading (March)
2020     Acquires The Matthews Group, Chicago (July)
2020     Acquires BIP Asset Management, Paris (August)

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