Knight Libertas UK Appoints Ron Thompson as Managing Director, Global Head of ABS Strategy

Jan 05, 2010, 03:30 ET from Knight Capital Group, Inc.

JERSEY CITY, N.J. and LONDON, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Knight Capital Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NITE) today announced that Knight Libertas UK appointed Ronald E. Thompson, Jr. as Managing Director, Global Head of ABS Strategy, effective as of November 30, 2009.

"Ron brings considerable experience to our securitized products effort in the U.S. and Europe and broadens the services we provide to our institutional structured securities clients," said Ronak Khichadia, Managing Director, Global Head of ABS/MBS sales and trading. "We intend to further leverage our intellectual capital to enhance the products and services we deliver to clients as Ron helps us build out our ABS/MBS strategy and analytics platform to support sales and trading. We are growing our platform globally to meet the opportunities, and strategy will play a key role in helping us expand our franchise across the structured markets."

Knight Libertas is an institutional fixed income broker-dealer providing trade execution, fundamental investment research across a broad range of fixed income securities including ABS/MBS. Knight Libertas also provides secondary market liquidity and credit-based analysis for High Grade and High Yield Bonds, Bank Loans, Emerging Market Credit and Sovereigns as well as and capital markets services for corporate issuers.

"I am pleased to join Knight Libertas and look forward to working with the team to build a strong ABS/MBS platform. Knight Libertas already boasts extensive research and strategy capabilities in other fixed income arenas, namely High Yield and Emerging Markets. The ABS/MBS sales and trading groups in the U.S. and Europe have quickly established themselves as core trading counterparties, and they intend to add to that strength with a build out in analytics and strategy," said Thompson.

Mr. Thompson is based in the London office, phone +44 (0)20 7997 2163 or email Knight Libertas UK is a division of Knight Capital Europe Limited, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Knight Capital Group, Inc.


Ronald E. Thompson, Jr.

Managing Director, Global Head of ABS Strategy

Knight Libertas UK

Ronald. E. Thompson is Managing Director, Global Head of ABS Strategy.

Mr. Thompson joined Knight Libertas from the Royal Bank of Scotland where he spent eight years, most recently as global head of ABS strategy in Stamford and London. Before RBS, Thompson held research and strategy roles with Citigroup and Salomon Brothers as well as banking and research roles in several other institutions. Highly ranked in Euromoney and Institutional Investor polls, Ron's research on ABS and CDOs has also appeared in several books, including the "Handbook of Bank Loans", "Handbook of Structured Financial Products", "Guide to Mortgage and Asset Backed Securities", and "Reserve Management Trends".

Ron has a bachelor of science in engineering with distinction from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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