RBC Capital Markets expands global futures team



    LONDON and NEW YORK, March 1 /CNW/ - RBC Capital Markets today announced
the continued expansion of its 24-hour global futures business with the
addition of Alex Wilkinson, Managing Director, who will co-lead the business
with Richard Hall-Reppen, Managing Director. Both men report to Harry Samuel,
head of Global Treasury Services. Mr. Wilkinson is based in London; Mr.
Hall-Reppen in Chicago.
    Mr. Wilkinson, 44, most recently with London-based ODL Securities as
chief operating officer, has more than twenty years experience in building and
managing international brokerage and trading businesses across all asset
classes at firms including Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, Fimat Banque and
Bank of America. His appointment follows closely on the January hiring of
Janet Mirasola to head RBC Capital Markets' New York-based metals desk within
the global futures business.
    "One of our goals is to expand our futures trading activities in Europe,
and Alex's experience will certainly help us achieve this goal," said Mr.
Samuel.
    The global futures group currently has more than twenty sales and trading
professionals working in futures execution, clearing and base metals in
Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, New York and London, with further additions
planned. "We're seeing strong global demand for futures execution and
clearing," said Mr. Hall-Reppen. "The demand is coming from a broad range of
capital markets clients, and also from RBC businesses serving hedge funds and
professional traders, so there's all kinds of opportunities for the global
futures business."
    RBC Capital Markets offer 24-hour execution and clearing on global
futures and options products including interest rate, stock index, energy,
metals, agricultural and other exchange traded futures and options.
    "Strength in futures trading is critically important to a broad range of
companies and industries globally," said Mr. Samuel. "It's a high potential
business for us because of the opportunities to establish new client
relationships through a strong futures trading capability and then build on
those relationships."

    About RBC Capital Markets

    RBC Capital Markets is the corporate and investment banking arm of RBC
and is active globally in fixed income, foreign exchange, infrastructure
finance, structured products, metals and mining, and energy. Its North
American equity underwriting, sales, trading and research business leads the
Canadian market and supports a significant and growing franchise in the U.S.
middle market. The firm's international fixed income, structured products and
treasury businesses are managed from London, which is the centre of a 24-hour
trading platform with major hubs in Toronto, New York and Sydney. Bloomberg
ranks the firm as one of the Top 20 investment banks globally. In terms of
assets, RBC is the sixth-largest bank in North America.





For further information:

For further information: Katherine Gay, RBC Capital Markets, Toronto,
(416) 974-6286, katherine.gay@rbc.com


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