Macquarie Asset Management announced that it has named Michael Kopfler as its new Global Head of Equity Trading.
According to a recent press release shared with Finance Magnates, Michael Kopfler, a financial veteran with more than 25 years of diverse capital markets experience, has been appointed by Macquarie Asset Management, which provides specialist investment solutions, as its new Global Head of Equity Trading.
In the new role, Kopfler will report to John Leonard, Global Head of Equities at Macquarie Asset Management. He will be in charge of strategic direction, daily operation and management of Macquarie Asset Management’s global equity trading desk. This includes maximizing technology and analytics and implementing innovative trading solutions to enhance client outcomes.
Reflecting Back on Kopfler’s Vocation
Earlier to the announcement, Kopfler fulfilled a number of positions at Fidelity Investments where he spent more than two decades. He served as its Head of Fixed Income Trading and managed a team of 28 in Europe and the US. This involved strategic planning and executing on the integration of technology throughout the trading process, according to his LinkedIn profile.
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Before that at Fidelity International, he took on the role of Global Head of Trading in April 2016. Located in London, he led the structure and management of the global trading team with six managers and forty traders. This covered FX, fixed income and equities in Europe, the US and Asia.
Also at Fidelity Investments, he served as Co-Head of Global Equity Cash Trading for just over four years. He established and managed trading desks in London and Hong Kong, consisting of fourteen traders including a Head Trader. Based in Boston, he planned the expansion and set-up of equity trading desks in London and Hong Kong. Further, he worked in the US and International high-touch sector trading while working closely with the investment team. In an earlier role, he contributed as an Emerging Market Debt and US High Yield Bond Trader.
A Dynamic Mix of Industry Knowledge
Commenting on the announcement John Leonard, Global Head of Equities at Macquarie Asset Management, said: “Michael brings a dynamic mix of industry knowledge, global leadership experience, and passion to the Global Equities team. With more than 25 years of diverse capital markets experience, Michael has earned the respect of clients and colleagues through his established track record of executing on strategic outcomes. We are excited to welcome Michael on board to take our global equity trading platform to the next level with the integration of best-in-class, scalable, and data-driven technology solutions.”
“I am delighted to join Macquarie and get started with the team. Equity trading is quickly evolving alongside ongoing change across the asset management industry and embracing an ever-changing and evolving platform is a key component of this journey. I look forward to working closely with the trading team to maximize technology, leverage data and analytics, and ultimately enhance client outcomes,” said Kopfler.