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About RA

 

RA was founded in 2003 with the development of the world’s first repository based FIX engine and since then we have continued to innovate and lead the world of electronic trading technology with high performance FIX solutions.

In 2015 RA joined forces with DET technologies to provide our customers with an end to end core technology that delivers a low latency, highly robust and scalable platform to enable their electronic trading businesses.

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Independently Owned

 

RA remains an independent company and our aim is to empower our customers to compete through the intellectual property of their trading strategies and algorithms, leveraging RA to provide the underlying messaging platform and connectivity layer to link their clients, venues and trading systems. Fast and cost effective to implement, with industry leading performance and scalability, RA not only enables customers to compete effectively today but also provides a future-proof platform on which to build and evolve their business.

Our Vision

 

We strongly believe that delivering high performance should not impact usability, which is why RA solutions provide a high degree of control and transparency. Flexible configuration through easy to use interfaces enable rapid on-boarding of new clients, venues and algorithms, along with our OS and asset-class agnostic approach, means that customers can easily adapt the platform to meet their business needs.

Complementing all of the above is the most comprehensive real-time monitoring tool on the market today, giving our customers the insight they need to ensure they have ultimate control over the performance and compliance of their trading operations.

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Kevin Houstoun

Kevin Houstoun

Chairman

Kevin has over 20 years’ experience of working within financial markets technology including Citigroup, HSBC, Thomson Reuters and NYSE.
Having helped establish the FIX protocol in Europe, Kevin co-chaired the FPL Global Technical Committee and sat on the FPL Global Steering Committee. Most recently Kevin served as a lead expert on the UK Government’s reporting into “The future of computer based trading”” and currently serves as co-chair of the Towards Common Standards in the Financial Services Industry initiative that was set up by the UK government following this report.

Darren Batsford

Darren Batsford

Sales Manager

Darren joined Rapid Addition after helping build the sales and operational side of Squawker, successfully launching an equity and convertible bond block trading platform for sell-side investment banks, regional brokers, market makers and proprietary desks. Prior to this, Darren worked as a specialist in algorithms and trading tools working alongside the sales teams at Bloomberg after having started his career as Senior Equity Trader on the Program Trading Desk with State Street

Andy Bennett

Andy Bennett

Sales Manager

Andy has over 15 years’  experience in the financial industry with more than 10 years dedicated to the multi asset electronic trading, high frequency trading and technology space. He has recently joined Rapid Addition from Basis Capital Markets UK Ltd, a technology and cloud based brokerage providing access to OTC and listed financial markets, where he was a Director. Prior to this Andy worked in senior positions including Director of Epoch Capital Singapore, a HFT firm and more than 5 years as Head of DMA for Asia Pac for ABN Amro Clearing Bank N.V Singapore Branch.

Maria Netley

Maria Netley

Business Development Manager

Maria is an experienced, relationship-focused professional in the Electronic Trading community in Europe. Having worked for RBS, Credit Suisse, UBS, and the London Stock Exchange, Maria has extensive experience in both connectivity & algorithmic trading sales, and business management for equities & futures. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the European Regional Committee of FIX Protocol.

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