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2 Dec 2009

Merlin Securities Launches 24-Hour International and Domestic Trade Coverage

Merlin Securities has expanded its trading capabilities to include 24-hour international and domestic coverage. Hedge fund experts Troy Prince and John Perna will oversee the expanded trading desk.

“Our clients increasingly seek to trade around the clock and around the globe. We have launched our 24-hour international and domestic desk to provide comprehensive access to the world’s markets,” said Eric Morgan , senior partner and head of trading at Merlin Securities. “Our clients now have the capability to execute in 96 countries across six continents – a level of access that has historically been provided only by the largest prime brokers to the largest hedge funds. The trading team at Merlin takes great pride in our outstanding trading capabilities, services and technology that clients cannot find elsewhere. We welcome Troy and John to the firm as we launch this new level of coverage.”

Troy Prince was most recently a U.S. and Asian equity trader with RBC Capital Markets, where he was the primary trader for a discretionary global equity long/short fund. Prior to that he was a Japanese and global equity execution trader for Barclays, based in Tokyo. Previously, Prince spent five years with ETG, LLC – an affiliate of Spear, Leeds & Kellogg – where he served as a global equity proprietary trader based in New York and Madrid. Earlier in his career Prince was a Japanese equity and convertible bond sales trader with Diawa Securities in Tokyo as well as a portfolio trader with O.G. Williams Capital. He holds a bachelors degree from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

John Perna was most recently a vice president and international equities sales trader at J.P. Morgan and, prior to that, an associate director and international trader for Bear Stearns. In these roles he gained extensive experience trading in Asian, European and Latin American markets, executing customer orders using DMA, DOT and various types of algorithms. Perna holds a bachelors degree in economics from Duke University.

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