At BGC, our customers benefit from the experience and expertise of the best in the financial services industry, globally. We’re proud to count the following within our growing international capabilities:
In October 2007, BGC Partners spun off its former eSpeed Equities Direct business to form Aqua, a business owned 51% by Cantor and 49% by BGC Partners, Inc. Aqua’s purpose is to bring new block trading liquidity to the global equities markets. Aqua has been approved by FINRA to operate as an Alternative Trading System and to provide Direct Market Access for institutional block equity buy−side and sell−side firms. For more information please visit http://www.aquaequities.com
Aurel BGC is a French investment company created from the merger of ETC Pollak and Aurel on October 1, 2008. As an approved intermediary for all investment services with the exception of third party portfolio management and multilateral trading facilities, Aurel BGC brings to its institutional clients valued expertise in execution and research across a wide range of products and supports its clients' investment decisions with extensive and in-depth knowledge in the economic, equities, credit and derivatives fields. ETC Pollak and Aurel were originally acquired by BGC in 2005 and 2006 respectively.
In June 2009 BGC Partners completed its acquisition of Liquidez, a leading Brazilian inter-dealer broker of foreign exchange derivatives, commodities, credit, equities, and interest rate products. Founded 23 years ago, Liquidez is one of the largest brokers in Brazil, with a long and impressive track record. The company is amongst the top operators by volume on BM&FBOVESPA. The acquisition of Liquidez provides BGC with a significant platform for growth in Brazil and throughout South America. Existing customers of Liquidez now have access to BGC’s sophisticated proprietary technology, extensive range of products and significant liquidity. BGC’s global customers will also now have access to local products on the Brazilian Exchange, For more information please visit http://www.liquidez.com.br/en/
Established in 1987 by six Canadian investment dealers, Freedom is Canada's largest full-service inter-dealer broker, providing integrated voice and electronic brokerage services to wholesale market participants in Canada and globally. Based in Toronto with representation in New York and London, Freedom has been affiliated with BGC Partners since 2001. Freedom International Brokerage is registered with the Ontario Securities Commission as a Limited Market Dealer, and is an approved inter-dealer broker under the bylaws of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada. Freedom is also a member of the CanPX transparency system, a joint venture of IDA capital market firms and Canadian inter-dealer brokers.
MINT Partners, a leading global wholesale brokerage services firm, is a part of BGC Partners following its acquisition in August 2010. Founded in 2004, with headquarters in London, the business is expanding with offices in Dubai, New York and Switzerland. MINT provides deliverable same day, spot and forward contracts to a client base of FTSE listed companies, financial institutions, private equity firms and hedge funds. From its initial focus on the institutional equities market, the firm’s scope has steadily broadened to serving clients across credit, rates, foreign exchange, commodities and energy products.
BGC entered the commercial real estate services industry with the acquisition of Newmark Knight Frank in October 2011, and expanded its real estate offerings when it acquired assets of Grubb & Ellis Company in April 2012, forming Newmark Grubb Knight Frank. With offices throughout North America and 250 million square feet in Property and Facilities Management, this new full-service commercial real estate platform is one of the most powerful solutions in the real estate industry.
BGC acquired the business of Radix Energy, through its new subsidiary BGC Radix Energy L.P. Singapore Branch in March 2008. The acquisition marks an important step in BGC’s expansion through its ability to offer clients voice and electronic brokerage services in the world’s energy markets for the first time, with products including crude oil, naptha, middle distillates, fuel oil and freight swap derivatives. Although based in Singapore, BGC Radix Energy will serve clients on a global basis.