Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Darren Coote

Darren Coote is an industry veteran with over 25 years’ experience in FX. He has held a number of high profile roles running the global FX trading and e-FX businesses at Lloyds and UBS.
He has also served on a number of FX boards and committees including the Bank of England’s FX Joint Standing Committee and EBS’s executive board prior to the company’s sale to ICAP in 2006.


Adrian Patten
Co-Founder & Chairman

Adrian Patten is an FX expert and entrepreneur, having founded institutional spot FX brokerage Mako FX and served as CEO from its launch until its sale in 2014.
Prior to this, Adrian was chief spot dealer at First National Bank of Chicago and has previously held the position of senior FX dealer at Deutsche Bank, UBS, Hill Samuel and Morgan Grenfell.
As Co-Founder & Chairman of Cobalt, Adrian is involved in all areas of the company. The overarching business strategy and governance of the company with a focus on legal work, investment fundraising and product development.

Andy Coyne
Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer

A pioneer within the global FX markets, Andy Coyne has been at the forefront of FX technological innovation for over two decades. During this time, he envisaged and created a new breed of pre- and post-trade technology for FX prime brokerage, which became the adopted industry standard.
Prior to co-founding Cobalt, Andy was CEO of Traiana and was responsible for the strategic direction and governance of the company. He previously headed up the FX prime brokerage departments at both Citi and Deutsche Bank, leading both teams to the number one position by clients and volume.
Andy is Co-Founder and CEO of Cobalt, he is responsible for all areas of the company with a focus on strategy, governance, technical design, sales, product innovation and specifications.


Giles Metcalfe
Head of Business Management

Giles Metcalfe is experienced in both asset management and entrepreneurialism, and joined Cobalt as their Business Manager. Giles previously worked in Investment Sales at Legal & General Investment Management, where prior he was an Investment Communications Executive. Early on in his career Giles was the Co-Founder and Director of a successful and profitable leisure company that he sold before starting University.
Giles graduated from Leeds University with a BA (Hons) in European Politics and holds CFA UK Level 4 Investment Management Certificate.


Steve Nelson
Global Head of Operations

Steve Nelson is Global Head of Operations at Cobalt, responsible for the implementation and support of Cobalt’s FX post-trade network. Steve joined Cobalt in May 2017 from Fixnetix, having held the position of Trading Support Team Lead since 2015, progressing following a two-year role within Trading Support. Prior to Fixnetix, Steve held FIX Connectivity Engineering roles at Deutche Bank AG and Fidessa.


Anoushka Rayner
Global Head of Sales & Business Development

Anoushka Rayner has over 20 years of experience in the FX industry. She has held a number of high-profile roles, most recently as business manager and global FX sales specialist at Traiana.
Prior to this she worked as sales director at smartTrade Technologies and as global head of FX option sales at FXCMPro, the institutional arm of Forex Capital Markets.


Bob Linton
Head of Connectivity & Onboarding

Bob Linton is Head of Connectivity and Onboarding. Bob previously worked at Traiana for over 10 years, he oversaw the implementation of pre-trade risk and post-trade processing solutions. Bob has an extensive track record of delivering the highest caliber of support for FX trading applications, virtual data exchange systems and credit verification processes.


Dan Evans
Head of Product

Dan Evans is Head of Product at Cobalt, focused on product innovation and reporting. Dan is experienced in analysing FX trading data both as a Director of Foreign Exchange trading at UBS and as the Director of his own consultancy.
Dan graduated from Southampton University with a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and progressed from the graduate training scheme to the position of Director at UBS AG where he traded FX for 7 years in Zurich. Since then Dan has analysed FX data from, and provided solutions for, asset managers, hedge funds, banks, corporates, law firms and private individuals.


John Fitzgerald
Information Security Manager

John Fitzgerald is an experienced Information Security Leader (CISSP, CISM) with more than 15 years in Information Risk and Security Management in the Financial Services, Fintech and Oil & Gas industries.
Prior to joining Cobalt in January 2019 John was the lead for Information Security at Rathbone Brothers Plc.


Nitin Talwar
Head of Support

Nitin is Head of Support at Cobalt having extensive experience in creating effective production support teams across regions, structures and procedures. Nitin is joining Cobalt in March 2019 with 13 years’ experience in the FX industry having previously worked for the likes of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, RBS / Natwest Markets and Credit Suisse.


Kamaldeep Bhachu
Senior Business Analyst

Kamaldeep joined Cobalt in February of 2019 as a Senior Business Analyst. Having worked within the Foreign Exchange and Treasury divisions at Morgan Stanley, UBS and Royal Bank of Canada, he brings extensive front to back knowledge of the FX Cash and Derivatives business with a focus on Operations IT transformation and simplification initiatives.

Dr Marcus Perrett
Strategic Advisor

Dr Marcus Perrett is a world-renowned financial technology expert, specifically focused on trading systems within capital markets. He holds several patents within the financial technology area, including the first application of cache-coherent FPGA/CPU targeted for multi-asset ultra-low latency trading.
Marcus is currently Global Head of LSET (Latency Sensitive Electronic Trading) Development at Instinet and was previously CTO at Cobalt, where he was responsible for the technology stack, driving innovation and expanding the product portfolio. Prior to Cobalt, Marcus was CTO at Fixnetix. Marcus has also held senior engineering management, C++ and FPGA developer roles in a large Japanese multinational.

Henry Ritchotte
Strategic Advisor

Henry Ritchotte is the founder of RitMir Ventures, a principal investment firm focused on investing in products and services transforming finance through disruptive regulatory and technology driven business models.
Prior to RitMir Ventures, Henry spent over two decades at Deutsche Bank where he held a number of roles including Chief Operating Officer and member of the Management Board and Group Executive Committee. As Chief Operating Officer, he was responsible over various periods for Group Strategy, Technology, Operations, Corporate Services, Corporate Security, Business Continuity, Information Security and the Bank’s global digital transformation agenda.
Henry holds a degree in History from Haverford College, Pennsylvania, magna cum laude. He has a Masters degree in East Asian Studies and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Stephen Wolff
Strategic Advisor

Stephen specialises in advising early stage, venture-backed financial technology companies. He has served on the board of numerous financial market technology and infrastructure companies including R3, Tradeweb and ClearCourse Partnership. 
Before this, he ran corporate strategy and M&A at IHS Markit from the period prior to Markit’s IPO, through to the successful merger between IHS and Markit Group which created a ~$17bn data and information company. He was also previously Managing Director and Head of Strategic Investments at Deutsche Bank. In this role he managed a portfolio of principal investments primarily focused on financial market infrastructure.
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