Barker Joins Solid
Posted by Colin Lambert. Last updated: May 17, 2022
FX industry veteran Darren Barker has joined Solid, a firm that promotes itself as a non-bank market maker and an ECN, as head of business development.
Barker first worked in FX in 1986 at Citi as an FX trader and had FX trading and sales roles hence at Deutsche Bank, UBS, RBS, Raiffeisen, JP Morgan, Unicredit and Natixis, before moving into the broker-dealer side of the business with roles at Jefferies, RJ O’Brien, Sucden in prime brokerage, and then Cantor Fitzgerald, where he worked last as head of UK institutional sales, leaving in July 2020.
“Solid has seen significant growth in recent years, especially in the institutional trading space,” says Diego Baptista, director at Solid. “Darren Barker has joined us to take our institutional sales focus to the next level and assist us with our expansion plans. At Solid, people are our most important asset, and our number one focus is building a strong support team to ensure our clients receive the best trading conditions and assistance available in today’s market. Barker’s experience will be invaluable as we embark on this mission, especially when it comes to serving our traders and investors with customised requirements.”
Barker adds, “As well as having some of the best trading conditions on the market the team carries with them an outstanding reputation. I’m looking forward to contributing to the firm’s ongoing success and helping build on an already very talented team. Collectively we are planning to expand the business into new jurisdictions and strive to become the market leader within the institutional space.”