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Options Group Announces Its Acquisition of MCL Search Ltd, an Electronic Markets Search Firm based in London

September 4th 2017 - Options Group, a leading global executive search and strategic consulting firm, announces its acquisition of MCL Search Ltd, an executive search firm based in London specializing in electronic markets (trading and distribution), prime brokerage/clearing and financial trading technology with a focus on currencies and fixed income.  Since 2012, MCL Search has developed an impressive track record and global reputation.  Founding partners, Maria Aldous and Charlotte Battisti, bring a combined 25 years in executive search, and will be responsible for expanding Options Group’s FICC electronic markets, prime brokerage and financial trading technology coverage. 

"The synergies between our companies were clear from the start.  We always aspired to have a truly global offering for our clients and, by partnering with Options Group, we can now make this possible.  With its cross asset coverage and offices worldwide, we complement existing practices in global markets and will expand electronic markets coverage,” said Maria Aldous.  Charlotte Battisti added, “Options Group will now be able to offer new search capabilities in the eCommerce and fintech space leveraging MCL’s industry expertise.”  David Korn, Managing Partner and Head of EMEA said, “This acquisition benefits our clients and candidates, many of whom want to have a 360 degree view of the market globally and across products.  We are very excited to welcome Maria, Charlotte and their team as we continue to expand and strengthen our global product offerings".

Options Group will celebrate its 25th Anniversary this December.  “As part of Vision2020, our strategic growth plan, we continue to expand organically and through acquisition to meet the changing needs of clients and candidates, said Michael Karp, Options Group chief executive officer and co-founder.  Earlier this year, the firm launched an office in Amsterdam lead by Christopher Cann, and announced a partnership with Psynet Group, an HR consulting and assessment firm with a focus on the financial services and technology industries.


Founded in 1992, Options Group is headquartered in New York with offices in London, Zurich, Frankfurt, Dubai, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, Mumbai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Sydney.  Options Group is a leading global executive search, market intelligence, and strategic consulting firm with a focus on the financial services industry.