Liquidnet, the global institutional trading network, today announced that Mark Taylor has joined the company as a senior member of the fixed income sales team.
Mark will work with Constantinos Antoniades, Global Head of Fixed Income, Jonathan Gray, Head of Fixed Income EMEA, and the company's global sales team to grow Liquidnet's fixed income platform for buy-side institutions.
Liquidnet has been expanding its Fixed Income team globally as it introduces ways for institutions to more efficiently source corporate bond liquidity. In August 2014, Liquidnet acquired Vega-Chi and since then the company has been developing its model and capabilities to trade high yield, investment grade and convertible bonds. This latest appointment will help Liquidnet to continue the roll-out of its fixed income offering to its membership base of 780 of the world's leading asset managers.
"Mark joins at a pivotal point in the development of our fixed income business," said Constantinos Antoniades, Global Head of Fixed Income at Liquidnet. "We have spent the last few months talking to our members and testing our model with them and have received an overwhelmingly positive response. Mark’s knowledge of the investment grade and high yield space, and his long-standing relationships will be critical as we introduce our platform to the buy-side.”
Mark joins from the Fixed Income Division of HSBC, where he was Managing Director of UK Institutional Credit Sales. Before this Mark spent 12 years working in a number of senior roles at Morgan Stanley including heading the bank's UK Institutional Credit Sales team.
Commenting on his appointment, Mark said: "This is the right time to join Liquidnet as our fixed income platform differs from every other one we have seen enter the market. It combines a proven technology platform developed over the last five years with a network of the world’s leading buy-side institutions, who together own approximately 75% of the world's bonds."