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Merus Global Investments expands its Florida trading operations to Miami, adds veteran trading partners
New York and Miami Beach, FL, October 15, 2020 — Merus Global Investments, a leading multi-strategy investment partnership, today announced the further expansion of its business with the opening of a new trading facility in Miami’s burgeoning financial district, as well as the addition of two new partners, trading veterans Brook Bennett and Faraz Noorani. The Miami office, the firm’s second to open in Florida within the past 18 months, will be headed by Noorani. Bennett will be based out of Merus Global’s headquarters in New York City.
Both Bennett and Noorani join Merus from Aecor Capital Management, an investment management firm they co-founded in 2017. The two bring a combined 35+ years of trading experience to Merus and will help the firm continue on its accelerated growth path as one of the industry’s preeminent global trading firms. The team brings specific proficiencies in event-driven and special situation investment strategies, along with emerging expertise in SPAC (special-purpose acquisition company) investments.
“The addition of Brook and Faraz further strengthens the exceptional team of trading talent that underpins our overall approach and drives our multi-year track record of strong performance,” commented Joseph Monte, CEO and Founding Partner of Merus Global Investments. “Their proven expertise around special situation, event-driven and SPAC investment strategies further diversifies our global capabilities.”
Mr. Bennett has more than two decades of experience in investment management, spending the majority of his career with FNY Capital Management, where he first met Mr. Noorani prior to their co-founding of Aecor Capital Management. Throughout his career, Bennett has focused on equity derivatives, cross-border arbitrage, index arbitrage strategies, as well as event-driven, special situations such as spin-offs and SPACs. Bennett holds an MBA in finance from Columbia University and a B.A. in economics from Vassar College.
A Florida native, Mr. Noorani brings more than 15 years of experience in investment management to Merus, most recently at Aecor Capital Management, the firm he co- founded with Bennett in 2017. Prior to that, he was a Partner at FNY Capital Management where he was responsible for the management of the firm’s global equity trading desk, building a team that successfully employed event-driven, index arbitrage and ADR trading strategies, while managing all risk and personnel. He will look to build out a similar operation in Miami for Merus, and contribute to the firm’s growing SPAC expertise. Noorani began his career with Merrill Lynch after graduating from Emory University in 2005.
Commenting on Merus Global Investment’s Florida expansion, Mr. Monte continued: “We’re thrilled to bring both Brook and Faraz on board and are particularly excited about Faraz taking the helm of our newly created Miami Beach trading operation. The rapid emergence of Miami as one of the country’s thriving financial communities fits perfectly with our growth strategy and complements our already established operation in Boca Raton. The quality of life and favorable business environment in the region creates endless opportunity for growth and success.”
“After considering all the options, our decision to join the Merus team ultimately became an easy one,” said Bennett and Noorani in a joint statement. “Merus is unique in that it is truly built by traders, for traders. The structure and environment created by Joe and his entire team fosters innovation, allows for great ideas to come to the fore, and leans into a philosophy of transparency unmatched by anyone else in the industry. The talent that environment has attracted is unrivaled, and we look forward to contributing greatly to the continued success of the firm.”
About Merus Global Investments, LLC
Founded as an investment partnership in 2015 by a senior team of highly skilled trading professionals, Merus Global Investments has grown to become one of the premier trading firms in the industry. With a structure built to benefit the entrepreneurial objectives of Wall Street’s top trading talent, Merus believes that its structure, unlike most trading-focused investment firms, allows highly productive individuals the ability to truly control their own financial destiny.
Without customers or the need for outside capital, Merus focuses first and foremost on its talent, truly believing its people are its greatest asset. With strategic partnerships in place with Goldman Sachs’ Prime Brokerage and the Thomson Reuters REDI trading platform, Merus provides the best and brightest traders the tools they need to succeed in today’s global markets. Additionally, Merus does not require its professionals to sign restrictive contracts, choosing instead to foster an environment in which people choose to stay and grow.
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The Merus Global Investments team celebrated the season with the much anticipated annual holiday party at Sir Henry Penthouse in the Flatiron District, on Thursday, December, 12.
The team enjoyed live entertainment from national recording star Nicole Atkins and the annual poker tournament. Trader, Julissa Vargas took first place in the tournament.
We all had a great time and hope that you get to do the same this holiday season! From the entire Merus Global Investments team, we wish you and yours a happy holiday!
Merus has partnered with well-respected trading coach Dr. Brett Steenbarger to offer one-on-one coaching sessions to its traders. Brett is a clinical psychologist, active trader, author of several books and the blog, TraderFeed. We are excited to benefit from Dr. Steenbarger’s experience working with some of the largest and most successful trading and investment firms. These critical insights are now part of the Merus suite of resources available to each team member.
Merus Global Investments Expands Business by Establishing Florida Office, Adding Veteran Trading Team
Merus Global Investments, a leading multi-strategy investment partnership, today announced the expansion of its business with the opening of a new Boca Raton office and the addition of trading industry veterans Seth Setrakian and Roger Egbert. Messrs. Setrakian and Egbert, who both join Merus as Senior Managing Directors and Partners, will jointly lead a new eight-person Florida-based team…
…Joseph Monte, chief executive officer of Merus Global Investors, commented a broker-neutral trading platform that streamlines workflow across asset classes is an essential service for buy-side firms.
“By bringing together the full breadth and depth of Thomson Reuters data and desktop with their REDI EMS, Eikon messaging and access to the Autex network, Thomson Reuters has created a compelling solution to address our needs,” he said.
Internationaltrading company Merus Global Investments is moving its headquarters from the Financial District to 8,300 square feet at 3 Park Avenue between East 33rd and East 34th Streets, Commercial Observer has learned.
The company, founded in December 2015 and with a branch office in Austin, Texas, will occupy a portion of the 29th floor in the 41-story office tower when it moves from 88 Pine Street between Water and Front Streets in the third quarter. The lease is for 11 years with an asking rent of $75 per square foot, according to information provided by the landlord, Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation.
Merus attends the Markets Choice Awards
Edison Ballroom in NYC on April 19, 2017.
At Merus we are committed to supporting and giving back to the communities in which we work and live. We are proud to participate in philanthropic efforts that include charitable giving, involvement in community events and support for education.
Merus Global Investments is proud to support the Council for Economic Education in its efforts to promote economic and financial literacy, and congratulate and honor the visionary and dedicated educators who inspire and motivate their students by bringing financial education into the classroom.
We are very pleased to announce that we have partnered with Patagonia’s matching program for #GivingTuesday to donate to the Clean Ocean Action fund.
Based in Long Branch, NJ, the COA is a broad-based coalition of 125 active boating, business, community, conservation, diving, environmental, fishing, religious, service, student, surfing, and women’s groups. These “Ocean Wavemakers” work to clean up and protect the waters of the New York Bight. The groups came together in 1984 to investigate sources, effects, and solutions to ocean pollution.
Under the guidance of COA’s Board of Trustees, COA’s staff researches pollution issues affecting the marine environment, then formulates policy and campaigns to eliminate each pollution source. The staff then coordinates and organizes the Ocean Wavemakers (Participating Organizations, Concerned Businesses, Educators for a Clean Ocean, and Concerned Citizens) to use their individual experience and expertise to help.
With eight ocean dumpsites closed, powerful new clean water laws on the books, and a greater public awareness of the ocean and it’s improved health, it’s clear the system works.
To learn more about the organization and donate yourself visit www.cleanoceanaction.org
Since its launch in 2012, AWOW has served over 1,000 families and provided Surf Therapy to over 2,000 children and adults with special needs. Their mission is to reach every child in need, especially those who have never had the chance to experience the healing power of Surf Therapy.
Donations to A Walk On Water go directly to hosting additional events in new locales, serving ever more Athletes in need.
Sign up, donate, or learn more at www.awalkonwater.org
Last night Merus Global participated in the #Poker4Life Charity Poker Tournament to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.
The Poker4Life charity poker tournament has been running for the past 13 years and benefits select non-profit organizations, primarily The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, which supports the scientific research efforts of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis is considered the premier investigative research program conducting cutting edge discovery, translational, and clinical investigations targeting spinal cord and brain injuries.