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Venture capital firms take stake in Codestreet

Codestreet has secured significant minority investments from leading venture capital firms, Rochester Advisors and Cerium Technology. 

The investments will help accelerate the growth of the Codestreet Dealer Pool (“CDP”), the firm’s dealer-centric platform for solving the liquidity challenges of the corporate bond market.

Codestreet provides a range of technology solutions for fixed income front-office professionals, all with the primary purpose of optimising dealers’ use of capital and increasing riskless-principal business. The new investment will fast-track product development, as well as fund the hiring of an expanded sales and marketing team to significantly enlarge the global footprint of the 11 year-old firm, which already has more than half of the 20 largest banks as clients for one or more of its solutions.

“Sourcing liquidity has become a major concern of fixed income dealers and their clients,” says Howard Pein, CEO of Codestreet. “This new investment allows us to accelerate the growth of our liquidity discovery platform and deliver other innovative ways for customers to uncover trading opportunities, reduce balance sheet exposure and maximize every client-facing opportunity.”

More than 30 dealers are in production or in the process of joining the CDP, an anonymous platform for matching positions and axes in the corporate bond market. The CDP links the liquidity of each participating dealer – which to this point have used Codestreet internally to match off-setting or complementary positions and orders – allowing them to exploit the ‘network effect’ across the dealer community and discover previously hidden pockets of liquidity. 

"Codestreet has created a truly unique approach that solves a growing problem – how to find liquidity in a market that is moving from balance sheet-driven to agency-style trading. The technology is brilliant, combining a virtual balance sheet for broker-dealers with an elegant online trading environment,” says Eldon Klaassen, Managing Director at Cerium Technology, who has been appointed Chairman of the Board. Klaassen has more than 35 years’ experience as a successful entrepreneur and innovator in financial technology. 

“We are excited about our investment in Codestreet. The company has truly innovative solutions for discovering the ‘other side of the trade’ and tremendous potential for long-term growth. This partnership will allow the company to strengthen its position as the clear leader in building next-generation networks for fixed income trading,” says Clive Fleissig, president of Rochester Advisors.

Klaassen and Fleissig will join Henri Talerman of CS Investments and Jim McGibbon of RW Pressprich on the Codestreet Board of Directors.

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