ARCH Financial Products Supports Expansion with Raft of Appointments

26 November 2008

ARCH Financial Products (“ARCH”) has welcomed five new partners as it expands into the Middle East and Asia and continues to grow its product offering.

The firm welcomes partners Richard Rhodes, Guy Haward, Gianpaolo Potsis, Alex Hartley and Simon King.

Richard Rhodes, partner and ARCH’s Chief Financial Officer, has joined ARCH following a number of years in South East Asia establishing several successful sustainable opportunities businesses. Previously of Merrill Lynch, Richard was the Chief Financial Officer of its International Banking Division, held a number of regional financial controller roles and before that was an accountant at BDO. Richard is a keen environmentalist and is ACMA qualified with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Previously Global Head of Technology at Merrill Lynch’s FX and Rates Derivatives Group, Guy Haward joins ARCH as its Head of Corporate and Technology Development. Haward brings 17 years of investment banking technology experience to the firm from numerous global roles in derivatives technology and holds an MBA from the London Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering from Coventry University.

Gianpaolo Potsios joins ARCH as a partner with a remit to develop global placement and syndication capabilities for the group. He was most recently a partner at corporate advisory group Europa Partners working with a range of European financial institutions on corporate finance issues. Prior to 2006, Potsios was with Citigroup for more than twenty years and worked across a number of the investment group’s offices holding positions of Managing Director Global Corporate Investment Bank and Vice President Corporate Finance Group. Gian Paolo holds an MA in Economics from the University of Rome and is also a member of the supervisory board of merchant bank International Investments Group and chairman of the board of Rubicon Capital Partners TFI S.A.

Alex Hartley, partner and Compliance Officer, was most recently a partner at ODL Securities Ltd. where he had responsibility for compliance and anti-money laundering and helped grow the firm of 26 to a global business of 220. Alex has also spent time at a number of respected retail stock brokers, fund managers and merchant banks including Christows Ltd., West Merchant Bank Ltd., and IFX Markets Ltd. Alex has a Bsc in Economics and Banking from City University, London.

Simon King, partner and Head of Real Estate brings over 19 years international commercial property markets experience to ARCH having worked in Australia, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Prior to joining the firm, Simon managed a £200 million Jersey-based commercial property investment company that he founded in 2004. He has also held senior roles at chartered surveying firms Jones Lang LaSalle and Knight Frank as well as chartered accounting firms Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young.

Robin Farrell, Chief Executive of ARCH, commented:

“I am pleased to welcome five highly experienced professionals to the ARCH partner team. These new appointments reflect the ongoing success of ARCH and will allow us to continue to develop our innovative range of services and investment products and support our expansion in the Middle East and Asia.”