Spotlight on Richard Balarkas

Why did you decide to leave Credit Suisse AES for Instinet Europe (IE)?

The short answer is because it sounded easy.

Is there a longer answer?

Basically, when Tony Mackay (IE chairman and Chi-X Global chief executive) first started talking to me, asking if I wanted to take over his role as head of Instinet Europe, like a lot of people I was a bit confused at the time about what Instinet the broker actually was in Europe. There was the Reuters sale (of the firm) to Silver Lake, then from Silver Lake

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