Press Release

Lawrence Latimer Joins R.J. O’Brien’s Institutional Brokerage Operation

Chicago, August 28, 2012

CHICAGO, Aug. 28, 2012 – R.J. O’Brien & Associates (RJO), the nation’s oldest and largest independent futures brokerage and clearing firm, announced that Lawrence Latimer, a 25-year veteran in institutional futures and options brokerage, has just joined the firm as Senior Vice President, Institutional Brokerage.

Latimer, 48, joins RJO after 13 years at Credit Suisse, where he was a Director, managing the firm’s Chicago-based futures and options sales group for institutional accounts globally.  Previously, he was an Executive Vice President with LFG from 1997 to 1999, responsible for all sales and trading. He spent 10 years at HSBC Futures Inc., where he was Vice President, managing the bank’s institutional and proprietary bond and options trading at the Chicago Board of Trade. He began his career as a Vice President at Merrill Lynch, handling large customer and house accounts in the OEX pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

Gerald Corcoran, RJO Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said: "We’re very excited to welcome Lawrence to RJO. He has a terrific track record serving hedge funds, banks, real money accounts and other institutional clients across the globe, and his knowledge, experience and contacts will be invaluable as we seek to expand this business."

Latimer said: "RJO has such a great history of serving clients with professionalism for nearly a century, and I’m thrilled to join the firm and meet the needs of institutional clients globally with the full breadth of products and services RJO offers."