Wednesday 21 February 2018

Goodbody and Kyckr tap UK banking talent

Kyckr provides financial crime and compliance software to customers, including banks. Stock photo: Getty Images
Kyckr provides financial crime and compliance software to customers, including banks. Stock photo: Getty Images

Gretchen Friemann

Kyckr, an Irish fintech company listed on the Australian stock exchange, has appointed Tesco Bank CEO Benny Higgins as chairman as it eyes expansion in Europe and North America.

The company was founded by Irishman Rob Leslie, and raised AU$5m last year to list on the ASX in Sydney. It provides financial crime and compliance software to customers, including banks.

Meanwhile, Goodbody Stockbrokers has poached a top banker for its London office from rival Canaccord Genuity as it pitches for a larger share of the UK market.

Bruce Garrow assumes his new role as Goodbody's head of UK corporate broking in March.

It is the second Goodbody raid on Canaccord Genuity's upper ranks. Last year Goodbody hired Piers Coombs, formerly head of Canaccord's European equity capital markets, to run its UK office.

The offshore expansion is aimed at capturing lucrative UK corporate brokerships and equity capital market mandates. This year it has won financial adviser and corporate broker mandates from gaming website operator Playtech, and acted for Forterra, Wizz Air, Draper Esprit, Cairn Homes and Playtech.

Irish Independent

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