United Fintech appoints Head of Americas
United Fintech is expanding into the US with the appointment of Mark Lawrence from Goldman Sachs as Director and Head of Americas.
This is a major development for the firm, which was launched by Christian Frahm to help banks, hedge funds and asset managers to accelerate their transition to a digital world through access to fintechs specialising in capital markets.
Lawrence joins United Fintech following 14 years at Goldman Sachs in senior sales roles in London, New York and Hong Kong, latterly as LATAM Head of EFICC (Electronic Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities) with responsibility for also running e-FX Sales in the Americas and, prior to that, Head of EFICC APAC Sales. He has also held roles in e-FX Sales and GSET Sales, focusing on Equities and Futures electronic distribution.
Based in New York, Lawrence will work closely with United Fintech’s London-based sales team, reporting in to Tom Robinson, to help scale and distribute the fintech firms acquired by United Fintech. As a member of United Fintech’s Management Committee, he will also play a role in assessing potential fintech acquisitions. Lawrence will grow a sales team in New York, with appointments to be announced later this year.
Frahm, Founder and CEO, United Fintech, says: “The US is a cornerstone in the financial markets industry and having people on the ground in both London and New York close to decision makers and clients at banks and financial institutions is critical to our success. We now have the power and presence to deliver a global offering.
“I am thrilled that Mark has chosen to join United Fintech. He has an impressive international profile, a strong track record in sales and a wide network of contacts worldwide. He is the ideal person to head up our American operations and further strengthens our extraordinary sales team – between them they have strong and established relationships with the world’s most influential financial institutions.”
Lawrence says: “United Fintech is on a mission to scale and distribute the very best fintechs in capital markets through partnership and collaboration. We want to work closely with our financial institution client base to provide elegant solutions for automating workflows, easing onboarding, delivering efficiencies and saving costs. This refreshing and positive approach is hugely appealing to me and defines United Fintech.
“I worked closely with Tom when we were both at Goldman Sachs and have known Christian for many years. I’ve always been impressed by Christian’s incredible vision and energy and the talent with which he surrounds himself. This is an exciting opportunity to board the United Fintech ‘rocketship’, leverage my 14 years’ experience at Goldman Sachs and help play a major role in the journey ahead.”