Saxo Bank is a global investment bank specialising in online trading and investment across the international financial markets. Saxo Bank enables private investors and institutional clients to trade forex, contracts for difference, exchange-traded funds, stocks, futures, options and other derivatives via multi-award winning online trading platforms, as well as offering professional portfolio and fund management.
Saxo Bank is headline sponsor of the City A.M. Awards for the second year. Torben Kaaber, Saxo’s UK chief executive, said “Saxo Bank is proud to support the City A.M. Awards for 2011, not only as headline sponsor, but as sponsor of the personality of the year award. The financial services sector remains enormously important to Britain and the awards are once again an opportunity to celebrate the best performers in the City.”
Among the first financial institutions in the world to develop an internet-based information and investment trading platform, Saxo Bank was founded in 1992 by co-chief executives Lars Seier Christensen and Kim Fournais. From the outset, the bank emphasised technology as a vital element for being competitive in the online trading industry. A fully licensed and regulated European bank, Saxo Bank has built a global base of individual retail clients, corporations and financial institutions from its headquarters in Denmark and numerous regional offices. Since receiving European bank status in June 2001, Saxo Bank has positioned itself as a leading player in online trading thanks to its superior client service, competitive pricing and its focus on developing industry-leading trading platforms.
RISING STAR OF THE YEAR
Alpari is an award-winning foreign exchange, contracts for difference and precious metals broker headquartered in the heart of the City of London and with subsidiaries in Germany, Japan and India as well as a representative office in China.
With a history dating back to 1998, the Alpari companies are among the world’s fastest growing providers of online foreign exchange trading services.
DEALMAKER OF THE YEAR
Nothing matters more to BDO than its clients and it delivers exceptional service. That’s why it seeks out and develops talented, free-thinking people and operates cross-discipline teams who get the job done. And it’s why it will be there anytime, anywhere: as the UK member firm of BDO, the world’s fifth largest accountancy network, it gives access to over 1,000 offices in over 100 countries.
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Cass Business School, which is part of City University London, delivers innovative education, training, consultancy and research. Located in one of the world’s leading financial centres, Cass is the business school for the City of London. It is ranked in the top 10 UK business schools for business, management and finance research and 90 per cent of the research output is internationally significant.
LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR
CLS Communication works with the asset management, investment banking, private banking and investor relations divisions of more than 1,000 financial institutions. It is one of the world’s leading providers of translation, writing and editing services. With offices around the world, it has the expertise to tailor companies’ fund commentaries, prospectuses, and other communications to their local markets.
British Airways at London City is sponsor to the City A.M. Awards champagne reception that will begin the evening’s festivities on Wednesday 21 September 2011. After the sensational success of the City A.M. awards in 2010, British Airways at London City is proud to be a sponsor for the second year running. It is a great opportunity to recognise those companies and individuals at the forefront of development, in the heart of the City.
British Airways at London City has also evolved over the last year and now operates over 400 flights a week from London City airport, which is over 40 per cent more than last year. In response to customer demand, capacity has been increased on key business routes to Scotland and British Airways at London City has also added more leisure routes to Malaga and Faro after the success of Ibiza and Palma last year.
ANALYST OF THE YEAR
CNBC is the leading global broadcaster of live business and financial news, reporting directly from all the major financial markets, with three regional networks in Asia, EMEA and the US.
The EMEA channel is available in 130m homes, 1,400 banks and financial institutions and leading hotels. CNBC.com has live streams of all three CNBC regional networks and a comprehensive archive of business news videos.
INVESTMENT BANK OF THE YEAR
The Color Company is Central London’s leading digital print company, with centres located in the heart of the Square Mile, Canary Wharf, Soho, Aldwych, central Victoria and a 24-hour centre in the heart of Mayfair. It constantly supports many City A.M. readers with their projects, both large and small – including the City’s investment banks – and this is its second year supporting the City A.M. awards.
INSURANCE FIRM OF THE YEAR
Thomas Eggar is a leading law firm with offices in London and the South providing personal and commercial legal advice to a diverse range of UK and international clients including entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals. Many of its lawyers are recognised as leaders in their respective fields. Thomas Eggar is ambitious for its clients and offers a distinctive legal alternative, to individuals and businesses alike.
TRADER OF THE YEAR
GFT congratulates the brilliant individuals and businesses nominated in this year’s City A.M. Awards. GFT has launched some exciting products over the past year, providing traders in the City of London and around the globe with even greater access to spread bet, forex and CFD markets. Active traders know great execution makes all the difference and GFT is proud to continue to provide its industry this leadership.
Grange St Paul’s Hotel, located in the heart of the City of London, is proud to host once again the City A.M. Awards, on Wednesday 21 September 2011, for a drinks reception, three-course dinner, an evening of excellent entertainment and, most important of all, the City A.M. Awards ceremony.
With a sophisticated blend of contemporary style and modern flair, the stunning Grange St Paul’s Hotel sets new standards for luxury and elegance. Perfectly located in the heart of the City’s financial district and in the shadow of Sir Christopher Wren’s magnificent English baroque cathedral, yet just moments from the myriad delights of London’s renowned West End, the Grange St Paul’s provides a perfect venue for any visit to the capital, with deluxe bedrooms and suites offering understated luxury and elegance and, in its spectacular glass atrium, an unrivalled selection of restaurants and bars.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FIRM OF THE YEAR
Finsbury is one of the leading financial, regulatory and political communications agencies in the world. Founded by Roland Rudd, a former financial journalist, in 1994, Finsbury acts as advisers to Glencore, Standard Chartered and a host of other FTSE 100 companies, and vies with Brunswick for top place in the UK financial PR market. A global firm, it has offices in London, New York, Brussels, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It provides strategic communications advice to clients on their interaction with the media, financial markets, governments and key stakeholders.
ALTERNATIVE MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Chief executive Lou McLeod says, “William & Son is very pleased to be sponsoring this year’s City A.M. Awards as it’s another way to work closely with the newspaper’s superb sales and editorial team.” After attending the inaugural awards last year, luxury goods company William & Son decided it would be a perfect way to continue its strong relationship with City A.M.
William & Son, established by William Asprey in 1999, has two stores on Mayfair’s Mount Street, specialising in exclusive and bespoke luxury goods, country clothing, guns and rifles.