Michael Kennedy Joins Coquest Inc. as Manager of Trade Services Group

Coquest Inc. has announced that Michael Kennedy, a 25-year veteran of the investment management and managed futures industry, has joined Coquest Inc. as Manager, Coquest Trade Services Group (TSG).

Mr. Kennedy will be responsible for managing the daily operations of the Trade Services Group and helping to develop the Chicago office for middle and back-office support. His role will serve to strengthen Coquest’s core futures brokerage, clearing, and execution business that supports its institutional clients, including investors, CTAs, fund managers, and public investment products such as mutual funds and UCITS.

Mr. Kennedy brings with him a deep experience in managed futures and the brokerage & execution arena, having spent the previous ten years as Senior Trader with EMC Capital Advisors, a Commodity Trading Advisor and systematic trading firm covering over 60 futures markets globally. In that role, he oversaw an extensive network of front and back-office operations.

With over two decades in the futures, alternative investment, and financial services industry, Mr. Kennedy is well-versed in tailoring global clearing and trade execution solutions to the specific needs of sophisticated investors and institutional clients across derivatives markets.

“With his advanced understanding of our services and clients, Mike is a natural fit to join and expand the Coquest Trade Services Group,” said Coquest Managing Director G. Maxwell Eagye. “We anticipate that his deep practical expertise in global futures clearing and execution services will enhance the client experience and translate into better support and growth for our group.”

Mr. Kennedy began his career with ABN Amro on the foreign currency quadrant of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange trading floor, followed by service at ABN’s retail customer trading desk. He also served at Newedge for ten years, delivering trade execution services to institutional clients. He holds a National Futures Association Series 3 license.

“My background navigating the full life cycle of a trade for sophisticated traders and investors has helped hone my ability to craft seamless market participation and risk management solutions,” Mr. Kennedy said. “At Coquest, I look forward to leveraging my skills to deliver institutional clients with the best market access and experience possible.”

For more information on the Coquest Trade Services Group visit https://www.coquest.com/trade-services-group

About Coquest Inc.:
Coquest Inc. was founded by John Vassallo and Dennis T. Weinmann in 1990 to leverage their energy trading and brokering expertise from working on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Today the company is a full service brokerage and alternative investment consulting firm based in Dallas. It provides hedging and speculative services for clients in Energy and Agricultural industries. In 2015, it added Coquest Trade Services to pair up the best FCM services with clients. That same year it launched Coquest Advisors and Coquest Traders Research to aid investment advisors and family offices in vetting and designing alternative asset portfolios as well as develop and service trading advisors. Coquest Inc. is registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and is a member of the National Futures Association (NFA). Mr. Vassallo served on the NFA board from 2002-2012. Coquest also is a member of the National Introducing Brokers Association. (http://www.coquest.com).

About Coquest Trade Services Group:
The Coquest Trade Services Group is a solutions-based provider to handle brokerage needs for all futures & options market participants, from hedgers to speculators to investors, around a multi-Futures Commission Merchants model. The Coquest Trade Services Group leverages relationships with multiple Futures Commission Merchants and Prime Brokers to provide a wide array of service to all its clients, including high net worth individuals, family offices, investment advisors, Commodity Trading Advisors (CTAs), Commodity Pool Operators (CPOs), hedge funds, public products, pension plans, endowment funds as well as energy producers & consumers. Tailored around the client’s requirements, the Coquest Trade Services Group provides access to the best services from various brokers and other service providers to deliver an all-inclusive solution through a single point of contact covering the full life-cycle of a trade, from execution to clearing & collateral management to reporting & managing risk.

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