Exclusive: Spreadbetting broker Core Spreads raises £2.8 million, upgrades FCA license

Core Spreads website

LeapRate Exclusive… LeapRate has learned that Finsa Europe Ltd., which operates online spreadbetting, CFD and Forex trading brokerage brand Core Spreads (at corespreads.com), has received a capital injection of £2.8 million from the company’s controlling shareholder Jasper White.

The investment marks a large milestone for the company, as to date only £192,000 was invested in the company, which had managed to bootstrap its way up to about £8 million of Revenue in its most recent reported fiscal year (2016).

The company was first established in 2009 as The Trader Management Company Ltd., but was basically inactive until Mr. White, the longtime CEO of sports betting consultancy Gambit Research, bought control of the company in 2014. The company’s name was then changed to Finsa Europe Ltd and the operating name of Core Spreads was adopted. Mr. White brought in a management team led by CEO Stuart Lane, formerly Head of Sales and Marketing at ETX Capital who had also worked at IG Group Holdings plc (LON:IGG). Other senior team members include Andy Merry, formerly with London Capital Group Holdings plc (LON:LCG), Cantor, and William Hill who serves as COO and Head of Compliance, and CTO Paul Bateman.

Back to the current investment…

The investment was made to facilitate the upgrade of Finsa / Core Spread’s license from that of a “125K” matched principal broker, to a “730K” principal license. This means that the company can now trade with its clients as principal without the matched limitation. However the license requires a significantly higher amount of capital be held by the broker, with the amount of required capital growing as trading activity and client balances increase.

The Finsa Europe license upgrade was formally approved by the FCA on December 1.

Stuart Lane Finsa Europe

Stuart Lane, Finsa Europe

Stuart Lane, CEO of Finsa Europe commented to LeapRate on the upgrade:

We are delighted to move from a 125k firm to a 730k principal licence as it is another key step in our strategic plans and puts us in  a good position to deal with any changes that may come about from ESMA’s current review of the regulatory environment in Europe.

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