Eyes to the Horizon

With robust security, exceptional transparency, and undeniable immutability, blockchain technology enables truly worry-free transactions. And forward-thinking traders can read the writing on the walls—the future of commerce will leverage the benefits of blockchain technology.

At Symbridge, we’re bridging the gap between centralized and decentralized exchanges. Our spot platform lets traders harness the disruptive power of blockchain while still retaining exceptional liquidity and consistent uptime they rely on—all through an exchange based and licensed in the US.

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Who We Are

Forging the future of digital asset exchanges.

A team of experienced traders and talented developers, we understand the unique challenges and requirements of professional traders—we’ve faced them ourselves. But we also know most digital asset exchanges cannot offer the functionality you need to be successful on a decentralized platform.

It’s why we created Symbridge.

We are the first U.S.-based, blockchain-powered, digital asset exchange built exclusively for hedge funds, market makers, asset managers, corporations, and active traders like you.

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Symbridge’s unique platform lets traders tap into the future of mercantilism without sacrificing speed or liquidity. We’re bridging the gap between today and tomorrow.

Michael E. McGuire, Jr. CEO & Co-Founder
Our Mission
To provide a trusted, secure, and licensed ecosystem where institutions and active traders can enhance their portfolios with investments in digitized physical assets and digital currencies.
Our Vision
Bridging the gap between digital technology innovation and traditional finance to create cryptographic trust.

We’re Always Looking for New Talent

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Meet Our Executive Team

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Michael E. McGuire, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
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Michael E. McGuire, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Michael McGuire has a rich history of entrepreneurship, innovation, and new business creation.  He is the founder & managing member of Twelve22 Capital Partners LLC, which acts as a general partner of an investment vehicle focused on technology, fintech, and blockchain. Michael is also Vice Chairman of the Board of Atomyze LLC, a U.S. platform for the digitization of physical assets, and former Chairman of Atomyze AG, based in Zug. He began his career at Manufacturers Hanover Trust (now JPMorgan Chase) and left to found ARIA Worldwide, Inc., a commodity trading and structured finance company.  He later founded ARIASYS Inc., an offshore software development company that delivered high availability and scalable trading systems. Michael has previously been on the boards of two publicly traded companies, Stillwater Mining (NYSE) and Plug Power (NASDAQ). He is also a lecturer of entrepreneurial studies at Columbia University.

Michael holds a BS from Babson College and a BA and MIA from Columbia University. 

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Vic Zimmermann
Chief Legal Officer
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Vic Zimmermann
Chief Legal Officer

Vic has more than 30 years of experience advising domestic and foreign banking institutions, broker-dealers, hedge funds and   fintech companies, on corporate, transactional, and regulatory matters. Prior to joining Symbridge, Vic was a partner at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, an AmLaw 200 international law firm, where he co-chaired the investment management and international funds practice, having previously co-chaired the firms venture capital and high-technology practice. Vic was also formerly with the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.  Vic is a graduate of Holy Cross College and Fordham Law School.

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Joshua Oliver
Chief Compliance Officer
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Joshua Oliver
Chief Compliance Officer

Josh has over 20 years’ experience managing risk and designing procedures and other operational processes.  He began his compliance career as a senior bank examiner for the New York State Department of Financial Services.  Since then, he’s guided a number of well-known financial institutions including Metropolitan Commercial Bank of New York, the Standard Charter Bank of Newark, and Natixis Wholesale Banking Americas. Josh is a graduate of City University of New York – Baruch College – Zicklin School of Business and is ACAMS certified.

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David Josse
Chief Technology Officer
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David Josse
Chief Technology Officer

David brings over a decade of technical leadership and development experience to Symbridge. Most recently, David was responsible for managing the global Data Engineering platform for Marcus.com (Goldman’s retail arm) where he built a team of engineers in order to develop the institution’s first cloud native credit card platform in partnership with Apple.

Prior to rejoining Goldman, David was one of the founding members of a FIX messaging company, TransactTools, which was acquired by the New York Stock Exchange.  His history includes software, infrastructure, networking and security experience having worked in a number of Fortune 500 companies such as New York Stock Exchange, ICE and Motorola.

David graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Computer and Systems Engineering.

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Sean Bowden
Chief Operations Officer & Chief Financial Officer
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Sean Bowden
Chief Operations Officer & Chief Financial Officer

Sean has over 20 years of experience in regulatory, operational, and financial management. He began his career at the New York Stock Exchange and has worked at a variety of domestic and international banks, broker-dealers, and investment advisors. Sean has built out a number of successful finance, operations and compliance departments and related programs. He is a graduate of Fordham University and holds FINRA Series 7, 14, 14A, 21, 24, 25, 27,28, 63, 79 and 99 licenses.

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Angela Ceccarelli
Chief Marketing Officer
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Angela Ceccarelli
Chief Marketing Officer

Angela has over 20 years of leadership developing marketing and communication strategies and implementing go-to-market plans for leading financial institutions.  Prior to Symbridge, she was head of marketing for HSBC’s US Commercial Bank and America’s Global Banking and Markets divisions.  Angela is a graduate of Butler University with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and is digital marketing certified.

 

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Daniel Elsawey
Chief Revenue Officer
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Daniel Elsawey
Chief Revenue Officer

Daniel has over a decade of experience leading in traditional financial services roles and pioneering structured digital asset products.  Prior to joining Symbridge, he was the Head of Trading at Coinfloor, the longest running London-based digital asset exchange, where he launched the first-ever physically settled Bitcoin Futures product alongside Coinfloor’s spot and custodian offering.  Daniel also served as Head of Distribution at CoinShares, Managing Director of EMEA at FiREapps, Barclays’ Index Structuring and Portfolio Management, and in Bloomberg’s FX/Commodities sales group. Daniel graduated with 1st class honors in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Bristol.

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Michael Ibarra
Chief Information Security Officer
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Michael Ibarra
Chief Information Security Officer

Mike has over 25 years of experience leading assessments of financial institutions for their safety, soundness, and compliance for prudent cyber practices and holds several cybersecurity and risk assessment certifications. Prior to joining Symbridge, Mike worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as a Cybersecurity subject matter expert (SME) where he’s led cybersecurity assessments for several large financial market utilities; a major aspect of the US financial critical infrastructure. Mike has also served in a Senior Enlisted Advisor (SEA) role as a US Army Sergeant Major (USAR) within the US Intelligence Community (IC).  Mike holds a bachelors degree in Liberal Arts and is a graduate of the US Army Sergeants Major Academy.

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Joris Magenti
Chief Project Officer
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Joris Magenti
Chief Project Officer

Joris has over 15 years of experience building companies. His expertise lies in spearheading operations for early-stage startups, refining complex products, managing projects, forming teams and fundraising. He began his career at the United Nations Development Program, where he managed and coordinated large projects. At the UN, he was part of a three-person fund management team that raised over $100 million to execute government support programs focused on system modernization, capacity building and development of entrepreneurial initiatives. More recently, Joris founded three companies in tech and hospitality and advised startups on fundraising and operations strategy. Joris is a lecturer on Entrepreneurship at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. Joris holds an MBA from Oxford University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Barcelona.

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Michael E. McGuire, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
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Michael E. McGuire, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Michael McGuire has a rich history of entrepreneurship, innovation, and new business creation.  He is the founder & managing member of Twelve22 Capital Partners LLC, which acts as a general partner of an investment vehicle focused on technology, fintech, and blockchain. Michael is also Vice Chairman of the Board of Atomyze LLC, a U.S. platform for the digitization of physical assets, and former Chairman of Atomyze AG, based in Zug. He began his career at Manufacturers Hanover Trust (now JPMorgan Chase) and left to found ARIA Worldwide, Inc., a commodity trading and structured finance company.  He later founded ARIASYS Inc., an offshore software development company that delivered high availability and scalable trading systems. Michael has previously been on the boards of two publicly traded companies, Stillwater Mining (NYSE) and Plug Power (NASDAQ). He is also a lecturer of entrepreneurial studies at Columbia University.

Michael holds a BS from Babson College and a BA and MIA from Columbia University. 

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Vic Zimmermann
Chief Legal Officer
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Vic Zimmermann
Chief Legal Officer

Vic has more than 30 years of experience advising domestic and foreign banking institutions, broker-dealers, hedge funds and   fintech companies, on corporate, transactional, and regulatory matters. Prior to joining Symbridge, Vic was a partner at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, an AmLaw 200 international law firm, where he co-chaired the investment management and international funds practice, having previously co-chaired the firms venture capital and high-technology practice. Vic was also formerly with the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.  Vic is a graduate of Holy Cross College and Fordham Law School.

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Joshua Oliver
Chief Compliance Officer
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Joshua Oliver
Chief Compliance Officer

Josh has over 20 years’ experience managing risk and designing procedures and other operational processes.  He began his compliance career as a senior bank examiner for the New York State Department of Financial Services.  Since then, he’s guided a number of well-known financial institutions including Metropolitan Commercial Bank of New York, the Standard Charter Bank of Newark, and Natixis Wholesale Banking Americas. Josh is a graduate of City University of New York – Baruch College – Zicklin School of Business and is ACAMS certified.

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David Josse
Chief Technology Officer
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David Josse
Chief Technology Officer

David brings over a decade of technical leadership and development experience to Symbridge. Most recently, David was responsible for managing the global Data Engineering platform for Marcus.com (Goldman’s retail arm) where he built a team of engineers in order to develop the institution’s first cloud native credit card platform in partnership with Apple.

Prior to rejoining Goldman, David was one of the founding members of a FIX messaging company, TransactTools, which was acquired by the New York Stock Exchange.  His history includes software, infrastructure, networking and security experience having worked in a number of Fortune 500 companies such as New York Stock Exchange, ICE and Motorola.

David graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Computer and Systems Engineering.

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Sean Bowden
Chief Operations Officer & Chief Financial Officer
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Sean Bowden
Chief Operations Officer & Chief Financial Officer

Sean has over 20 years of experience in regulatory, operational, and financial management. He began his career at the New York Stock Exchange and has worked at a variety of domestic and international banks, broker-dealers, and investment advisors. Sean has built out a number of successful finance, operations and compliance departments and related programs. He is a graduate of Fordham University and holds FINRA Series 7, 14, 14A, 21, 24, 25, 27,28, 63, 79 and 99 licenses.

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Angela Ceccarelli
Chief Marketing Officer
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Angela Ceccarelli
Chief Marketing Officer

Angela has over 20 years of leadership developing marketing and communication strategies and implementing go-to-market plans for leading financial institutions.  Prior to Symbridge, she was head of marketing for HSBC’s US Commercial Bank and America’s Global Banking and Markets divisions.  Angela is a graduate of Butler University with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and is digital marketing certified.

 

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Daniel Elsawey
Chief Revenue Officer
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Daniel Elsawey
Chief Revenue Officer

Daniel has over a decade of experience leading in traditional financial services roles and pioneering structured digital asset products.  Prior to joining Symbridge, he was the Head of Trading at Coinfloor, the longest running London-based digital asset exchange, where he launched the first-ever physically settled Bitcoin Futures product alongside Coinfloor’s spot and custodian offering.  Daniel also served as Head of Distribution at CoinShares, Managing Director of EMEA at FiREapps, Barclays’ Index Structuring and Portfolio Management, and in Bloomberg’s FX/Commodities sales group. Daniel graduated with 1st class honors in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Bristol.

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Michael Ibarra
Chief Information Security Officer
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Michael Ibarra
Chief Information Security Officer

Mike has over 25 years of experience leading assessments of financial institutions for their safety, soundness, and compliance for prudent cyber practices and holds several cybersecurity and risk assessment certifications. Prior to joining Symbridge, Mike worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as a Cybersecurity subject matter expert (SME) where he’s led cybersecurity assessments for several large financial market utilities; a major aspect of the US financial critical infrastructure. Mike has also served in a Senior Enlisted Advisor (SEA) role as a US Army Sergeant Major (USAR) within the US Intelligence Community (IC).  Mike holds a bachelors degree in Liberal Arts and is a graduate of the US Army Sergeants Major Academy.

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Joris Magenti
Chief Project Officer
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Joris Magenti
Chief Project Officer

Joris has over 15 years of experience building companies. His expertise lies in spearheading operations for early-stage startups, refining complex products, managing projects, forming teams and fundraising. He began his career at the United Nations Development Program, where he managed and coordinated large projects. At the UN, he was part of a three-person fund management team that raised over $100 million to execute government support programs focused on system modernization, capacity building and development of entrepreneurial initiatives. More recently, Joris founded three companies in tech and hospitality and advised startups on fundraising and operations strategy. Joris is a lecturer on Entrepreneurship at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. Joris holds an MBA from Oxford University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Barcelona.

Advisory Committee

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Gavin Prentice
Chairman of the Advisory Committee
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Gavin Prentice
Chairman of the Advisory Committee

Gavin Prentice is the Chairman of the London Metal Exchange (LME) User and Nickel Committees. He also sits on the LME’s Special Committee and is a former Board Member of the LME.  Gavin was also a Managing Director at Marex Spectron and Member of the Board of Directors at Levmet Holdings.

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John Macfarlane
Member
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John Macfarlane
Member

John Macfarlane is the Founder and Managing Member of the Arrochar Group companies which make investments and provide advisory services. Prior to founding Arrochar, John was a Partner of Tudor Investment Corporation from 1998 to 2011, where he served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman.  Prior to Tudor he worked at Salomon Brothers from 1979 to 1998 as fixed income trader, as Treasurer and as Managing Director of Fixed Income Derivatives- Asia and the America’s.  John currently serves on several not-for-profit and for-profit boards, including as Chairman of Atomyze LLC.

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Sergey Batekhin
Member
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Sergey Batekhin
Member

Sergey Batekhin is the CEO and Head of Management Board at Interros Group which is one of the largest private investment companies in Russia.   Prior to Interros Group, Sergey was Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of MMC Norilsk Nickel.

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Joshua S. Levine
Member
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Joshua S. Levine
Member

Joshua Levine is a Member of the Board of Directors of Fantex and a Member of the Management Board of Kita Capital Management.  Previously, Joshua held the position of Member Board of Governors, Chairman of the Finance, Operations and Technology Committee at FINRA.  He was also the former Chief Technical and Operations Officer of E*TRADE Financial.

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Alexey Gavrish
Member
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Alexey Gavrish
Member

Alexey Gavrish is a Partner at Founder Power Ventures (FPV), which backs deep-tech founders to tackle challenges of industrial companies globally.  Prior to founding FPV, Alexey was director at Winter Capital, led strategic projects at Google in EMEA. Alexey started his career as a consultant in corporate finance practice at McKinsey & Co.

Strategic Memberships
Developing strategic alliances with these organizations to build the future, today.

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