Published On: Thu, Mar 18th, 2010

BTIG Hires Jesse Lentchner To Lead Efforts In Asia Pacific Region

BTIG Hong Kong, Ltd., a broker dealer specializing in institutional trading and related brokerage services, today announced that it has hired Jesse H. Lentchner as Chief Executive Officer of its Asia-Pacific subsidiaries to lead BTIG’s expansion in that region. Lentchner joins BTIG after more than ten years as a senior executive at Goldman Sachs in Asia.

Lentchner will be based in Hong Kong and responsible for overseeing BTIG’s operations in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. He has extensive experience in the region building and managing successful fixed income and equities businesses.

“Jesse is a significant and pivotal hire for our international efforts and for the entire firm,” said Kevin Chessen, Head of International Trading at BTIG. “His diverse global experience running large sophisticated businesses will give us a meaningful edge as we continue to expand our footprint in Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Australia.”

Before coming to BTIG, Lentchner held senior executive positions with Goldman Sachs. Most recently he was Co-Head of Execution Services for Asia. Prior to that, he was Managing Director, Head of Securities in India, where he built and ran the equities and fixed income businesses. Before moving to India, Lentchner was Head of Execution Services and Co-Head of the Equity Sales Trading Desk in Tokyo.

Prior to his time with Goldman Sachs, Lentchner worked as an equity sales trader in Tokyo at Nomura and in Hong Kong and New York at W.I. Carr. He started his career trading fixed income for a Japanese bank in New York. Lentchner graduated with a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and spent a year studying in Japan at Kansai Gaidai.

“BTIG’s Asia-Pacific business is poised for considerable growth over the coming years,” added Chessen. “Jesse will work with the firm’s existing teams across the region to drive the business forward and provide our clients with a seamless and effective global platform.”

BTIG has over 30 professionals supporting clients in the Asia-Pacific region, from offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney. The firm also has a 6-person Japan focused team that is based in the U.S. Lentchner will be joining the Hong Kong office in June 2010.

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