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Almost a year and a half has passed since derivatives trader Robin Clark arrived at Shenfield Station in leafy, semi-rural Essex to begin his morning commute to his job as a derivatives trader at RP Martin in London, when a car pulled up containing his assailant who then shot him in the thigh.
Mr. Clark had previously worked at BGC Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:BGCP) in London, where he spent nearly 7 years as Executive Managing Director and Global Vice President before leaving to head the Interest Rates department where he also traded Euro Derivatives at RP Martin in 2013, just months before his attack in January 2014.
Shortly after recovering and being discharged from hospital, Mr. Clark returned to his position at RP Martin, however he has this month left the firm, and left London for Madrid, Spain, where he has joined CIMD, an independent brokerage, consultancy, securitization and asset management firm in the financial and energy markets in Southern Europe.
In his new position at CIMD, Mr. Clark, an experienced FX and OTC derivatives trader, will serve in the role of International Business Development, bringing with him over 15 years of experience in senior positions within London’s brokerages. Prior to joining BGC Partners in 2005, Mr. Clark spent 6 years as CEO of Eurobrokers.
Mr. Clark attained the somewhat dubious accolade “The Wolf of Shenfield” as media coverage of his wounding in January 2014 amassed, focusing on his penchant for luxury lifestyle trappings including expensive property, and a series of performance cars which included two Porsches, a Lamborghini, and several Maseratis and Ferraris, despite owing approximately £14,500 for which he was handed a County Court Judgement for non payment, and needing to sell a Range Rover for £10,000 the day before he was shot.
Mr Clark, a twice-divorced father-of-four, rented out his £2.2million five-bedroom mock Tudor house in nearby Ingatestone, Essex in 2013 after running into debt.
Certain reports regarding the incident in January 2014 focused on his Twitter account, which stated “At what point on a first date do you mention you are emotionally unstable and in financial ruin?”
The comment, originally made by another Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) user before being retweeted, or forwarded, by Mr Clark, was the 44-year-old’s penultimate message before he was wounded.
Two months later in March, LeapRate reported that a suspect had been arrested in connection with the incident, who allegedly took such draconian action after Mr. Clark allegedly harrased his daughter.
According to the report by the Daily Mail, Lee Victory has been detained on suspicion of conspiracy to murder Mr. Clark by shooting him in the leg in the early hours of the morning on January 24 this year.
Mr. Victory is known to Mr. Clark as he had worked at BGC Partners during Mr. Clark’s tenure at the brokerage. The last week in January was a particularly high-profile period for the firm, as simulataneous to Mr. Clark having been shot, Britain’s financial markets regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) took action against one of its senior executives, Anthony Verrier, due to serious concerns over Mr Verrier’s integrity and his conduct not befitting the financial services industry, resulting Mr. Verrier being banned from the financial services industry forthwith.
It was alleged that Mr Victory was ‘very upset’ over office rumors that Mr. Clark made alleged sexual comments to his daughter Danielle whilst he held his executive position at BGC Partners. Ms. Victory has since left BGC Partners.
Mr. Clark returned to work in February 2014 month having been released from Basildon Hospital after the completion of treatment for his injuries, where he had been previously interviewed by Police regarding the incident. At the time, Mr. Clark had expressed that he “could not think of why anybody would have attacked him, ruling out links to money or relationship.”
Photograph courtesy of The Mirror.