Our Story

We started as an independent NYSE floor broker in 1979 with a simple goal: help clients prosper with conflict-free advice and execution services. Since then, we have adapted, expanded and diversified to become a leading agency brokerage, investment-banking and research boutique. But we remain committed to our founding principles in everything we do.

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Dick Rosenblatt
founds the firm as an execution boutique on the NYSE floor
1979
Started upstairs single-stock and program trading desk and became one of the first firms to trade Nasdaq stocks as agent
1989
Became one of the
first trading practitioners to provide market-structure analysis and
regulatory insights to customers
2003
First Global Exchange Leader Conference
2008
Building on our deep market-structure expertise, expanded into fintech investment banking; hosted first Financial Technologies Summit
2009
Justin Schack, Charlie Roney, Gordon Charlop and Joe Benanti became partners
2011
TMT fundamental research effort established
2014
Provided the first NYSE DOT terminal on a client’s trading desk, pioneering the concept of electronic direct market access (DMA)
1989
Joe Gawronski joined the firm
2002
Scott Burrill developed pre-trade and post-trade tools for our program trading desk and established our execution analytics and consulting effort
2006
Launched monthly dark-pool report, Let There Be Light, which has become industry-standard source for non-displayed volume data and analysis
2008
First European Market Structure Conference (London)
2011
Became largest floor broker on the NYSE
2013
Emerging- and frontier-market research offering launched through partnerships with leading local brokers
2015
Dick Rosenblatt
founds the firm as an execution boutique on the NYSE floor
1979
Provided the first NYSE DOT terminal on a client’s trading desk, pioneering the concept of electronic direct market access (DMA)
1989
Started upstairs single-stock and program trading desk and became one of the first firms to trade Nasdaq stocks as agent
1989
Joe Gawronski joined the firm
2002
Became one of the first trading practitioners to provide market-structure analysis and regulatory insights to customers
2003
Scott Burrill developed pre-trade and post-trade tools for our program trading desk and established our execution analytics and consulting effort
2006
First Global Exchange Leader Conference
2008
Launched monthly dark-pool report, Let There Be Light, which has become industry-standard source for non-displayed volume data and analysis
2008
Building on our deep market-structure expertise, expanded into fintech investment banking; hosted first Financial Technologies Summit
2009
First European Market Structure Conference (London)
2011
Justin Schack, Charlie Roney, Gordon Charlop and Joe Benanti became partners
2011
Became largest floor broker on the NYSE
2013
Financials and TMT fundamental research effort established
2014
Emerging- and frontier-market research offering launched through partnerships with leading local brokers
2015