|APRIL 14, 2008|
|Knight Capital Group and Clearbrook Financial Form Joint Venture|
Knight Portfolio Access to provide products and services to firms offering separately managed accounts; Clearbrook's John P. Galvin to oversee day-to-day operations
JERSEY CITY, N.J., April 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Knight Capital Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NITE) today announced the formation of a joint venture with Clearbrook Financial, LLC, an independent financial services firm that provides portfolio solutions to investment professionals serving high net worth individuals. The joint venture, Knight Portfolio Access, LLC, will provide a range of products and services to retail brokerage firms and registered investment advisors offering separately managed accounts.
Under the terms of the joint venture, Knight will control a 51 percent ownership interest in Knight Portfolio Access with Clearbrook controlling the remaining 49 percent. As of April 10, 2008, Knight Portfolio Access will be a consolidated subsidiary of Knight for financial reporting purposes. Knight Portfolio Access will be based in Princeton, NJ.
"Fee-based, managed account programs represent one of the fastest-growing segments for sponsor firms including wirehouses, regional broker-dealers, independent planner firms, banks and RIAs," said James P. Smyth, Executive Vice President, Knight Capital Group. "Similar to Knight BondPoint, our electronic fixed income trading solution, Knight Portfolio Access represents a natural extension of the market access and trade execution services we currently provide to approximately 750 broker-dealer clients."
Clearbrook's John P. Galvin, a veteran of the wealth and asset management industry, will oversee day-to-day operations of Knight Portfolio Access with responsibilities covering product development, sales, marketing and operational support.
"Clearbrook has assembled a strong management team from major firms in the asset management industry who really understand the market for advisory services," said Mr. Galvin, President, Clearbrook Financial. "We're excited to partner with Knight and believe that Knight Portfolio Access will be able to help firms expand their product offerings and generate additional fee-based recurring revenues."
Prior to joining Clearbrook in July 2007, Mr. Galvin was responsible for fee-based business at UBS Wealth Management. He also led Lincoln Financial's independent advisor channel and the reengineering of the firm's investment platforms. Galvin spent the majority of his career at Merrill Lynch where he was a driving force behind the firm's CONSULTS managed account program, a recognized industry leader.
The Market for Separately Managed Accounts
Separately managed accounts (SMAs) are fee-based accounts providing individual investors with access to objective investment advice, professional managers, portfolio customization, diversification and tax efficiency. SMAs are fast becoming the investment vehicle of choice for investors who want greater quality, choice and control than offered by traditional pooled investment vehicles. According to industry analysts, assets held in SMAs grew to $889 billion in 2007 and are projected to reach $2.8 trillion in 2012.
Knight Portfolio Access is a registered investment advisor. Securities may be offered through Managed Account Services, LLC, an affiliate of Clearbrook Financial and a member of FINRA and SIPC.
About Clearbrook Financial
Clearbrook Financial is an independent financial services firm, providing unique investment products and portfolio solutions to investment professionals who serve high net worth individuals and institutions. The firm currently has $10 billion in assets under administration and advisement. For more information, visit www.clearbrookfinancial.com.
About Knight Capital Group
Knight Capital Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NITE) is a leading financial services firm that provides electronic and voice access to the capital markets across multiple asset classes for buy-side, sell-side and corporate clients, and asset management for institutions and private clients. Our Global Markets business provides market access and trade execution services in nearly every U.S. equity security and a large number of international securities, futures, options, foreign exchange and fixed income. We offer high-quality trade executions through natural liquidity, capital facilitation and trading technology, with comprehensive products and services that support alpha creation and capital formation. Our Asset Management business, Deephaven Capital Management, is a global multi-strategy alternative investment manager focused on delivering attractive risk-adjusted returns with low correlation to the broader markets. More information about Knight can be found at www.knight.com.
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