US structured products fintech Luma expands into Europe with new Swiss office
Luma Financial Technologies (Luma), an US-based, independent, multi-issuer structured products platform, is launching into the European market with the opening of an office in Switzerland.
Luma, which is backed by three of the world’s largest banks, has opened an office in Zurich to offer more wealth managers and private banks access to its platform, which streamlines the process of using and creating structured solutions.
“As a leading structured solutions fintech platform, we look forward to bringing our technology to wealth managers and private banks in Europe," says Tim Bonacci, CEO of Luma Financial Technologies. “Having recently expanded our presence into Latin America and now Europe, we’re excited to help advisers on a global scale deliver a more predictable and transparent investing experience to their clients in the most efficient way possible."
The office will be led by David Wood, Managing Director of Luma Financial Technologies international business. David has 18 years’ experience in investment banking, serving as managing director at Société Générale where he led the electronic business unit for equity derivatives and structured products, and Barclays, as managing director responsible for the electronic and listed solutions business for cross asset structured products.
Wood has been at the forefront of structured product multi-dealer platform developments and was instrumental in the inception of the Asian structured product platform Contineo, having previously served as a board member and chairman.
Over the coming months David will build a local team in Switzerland focused on business development and client services.
Wood says: "Luma is a high-quality, scalable platform that can be seamlessly integrated into buy-side infrastructure to deliver market-leading lifecycle services and consistent processes and controls. Luma’s focus on partnering with advisers to deliver better service has been key to its success and I am delighted to be leading its ambitions in Europe as it expands to meet the needs of clients around the world."
Launched in 2011, Luma has helped advisers in the US and Latin America to more efficiently learn, source, compare, create, price, and implement structured products to better meet their clients’ investment objectives. The Luma platform is fully interactive and customisable to match each individual adviser's desired offerings, unique product approval, work ﬂow and certiﬁcation requirements.