BGC Partners Ranked First in 27 Categories in Asia Risk's Annual Interdealer Survey
- Ranked First, Second or Third in 58 Categories -
London, 19th January, 2009 – BGC Partners, Inc. (Nasdaq: BGCP), one of the world’s leading interdealer brokers, today announced that it was placed first in 27 categories in Asia Risk magazine’s annual interdealer survey, a major increase from five first places in 2007.
BGC also placed second or third in 31 other product categories across interest rates, foreign exchange, equity and credit.
Asia Risk contacted dealers and brokers across the Asia-Pacific region who cast their votes based on criteria including pricing, liquidity provision, reliability and electronic trading capabilities. Respondents were asked to state their top three brokers, in order of preference, across the interest rate, foreign exchange, equity and credit categories.
Shaun Lynn, President of BGC, said: “We are delighted with these rankings. We have worked very hard to provide the best possible service to our clients during a period of unprecedented turmoil and I would like to thank them for their continued support.”
“Following the award for ‘Interdealer Broker of the Year’ from Asia Risk, this endorsement from our clients highlights the great strides that the company has made in meeting their demands across Asia Pacific over the last year and we will strive to improve on these results as we continue to grow the business and expand our services in the region.” he continued.
BGC has a significant presence in Asia and has grown organically and by acquisition into different product areas and markets since its inception in 2004. The company will continue to look for opportunities for further growth in the region throughout 2009.
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BGC Partners, Inc. (Nasdaq: BGCP) is a leading, fast growing, and global inter-dealer broker, specializing in the brokering of financial instruments and related derivatives products. BGC Partners provides integrated voice, hybrid, and fully electronic execution and other brokerage services to the world’s largest and most creditworthy banks, broker-dealers, investment banks, trading firms, and investment firms for a broad range of global financial products, including fixed income securities, interest rate swaps, foreign exchange, equity derivatives, credit derivatives, futures, commodities, structured products, and other instruments. Through its eSpeed and BGC Trader brands, BGC Partners uses its proprietary, built, and paid for technology to operate multiple buyer, multiple seller real-time electronic marketplaces for the world’s most liquid capital markets. The Company’s pioneering suite of tools provides end-to-end transaction solutions for the purchase and sale of financial products over its global private network or via the Internet. BGC Partners’ neutral platform, reliable network, straight-through processing and superior products make it the trusted source for electronic trading for the world's largest financial firms. Through its BGCantor Market Data brand, the Company also offers globally distributed and innovative market data and analysis products for numerous financial instruments and markets. BGC’s unique partnership structure and extensive employee ownership creates a distinctive competitive advantage among its peers. Named after fixed income trading innovator B. Gerald Cantor, BGC Partners has 16 offices in New York and London, as well as in Beijing (representative office), Chicago, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Mexico City, Nyon, Paris, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto.
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Discrepancies may also result from such factors as the ability to enter new markets or develop new products, trading desks, marketplaces or services and to induce customers to use these products, trading desks, marketplaces or services, to secure and maintain market share, to enter into marketing and strategic alliances, and other transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, reorganizations, partnering opportunities, and joint ventures, and the integration of any completed transactions, to hire new personnel, to expand the use of technology and to effectively manage any growth that may be achieved. Results are also subject to risks relating to the separation of the BGC businesses and merger and the relationship between the various entities, financial reporting, accounting and internal control factors, including identification of any material weaknesses in our internal controls, our ability to prepare historical and pro forma financial statements and reports in a timely manner, the effectiveness of risk management policies and procedures, and other factors, including those that are discussed under “Risk Factors” in eSpeed Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, which was filed with the SEC on March 17, 2008; in eSpeed’s definitive proxy statement, which was filed with the SEC on February 11, 2008; in BGC Partners’ final prospectus, which was filed with the SEC on June 6, 2008, and as amended from time to time in our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q or our Annual Report on Form 10-K.
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