Management Team

ADS Securities is led by a team of experienced and proven investment and trading professionals who bring a wide range of international experience to the firm. They have developed expertise in their specialist fields working across all the main trading centres and for some of the world’s leading buy-side and sell-side organisations.

Matteo Legler

Matteo Legler

Chief Operating Officer, Head of Global Markets, Wealth Management and Asset Management

Matteo Legler, Chief Operating Officer of ADS Securities, has over 15 years of business development experience in a number of different financial services jurisdictions. During his career, Matteo has focused on asset and wealth management across a range of structured products, developing investment policies, undertaking due diligence and fund management. He has also been involved with a number of private equity investments and private placements, including the sourcing and raising of funds.

Matteo is Swiss and holds a BA in Economics and Social Sciences from Geneva University, with a major in Corporate Management and Finance.

Marco Baggioli

Marco Baggioli

Executive Managing Director – Global Head of Brokerage

Mr Baggioli has over 25 years of international brokerage experience with top tier financial institutions prior to joining ADS Securities London Limited as Chief Operating Officer in July of 2015. Mr Baggioli was previously Global Head of FX Prime Brokerage at BNP Paribas and has held senior management positions at Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan, where he acted as Head of Fixed Income Prime Brokerage EMEA. He was also Chief Operating Officer at MonteTitoli SpA, the Italian Central Securities Depositary, which he lead through its privatisation from The Bank of Italy in 2000.

Mr Baggioli is fluent in English, French and Italian, and graduated from the Università Commerciale 'Luigi Bocconi' with a degree in Business Economics.

Nael Salam

Nael Salam

Managing Director, Global Head Front Office

Nael has worked as a trader and chief broker across Europe and the Middle East. Educated at Sagesse University in Beirut, Lebanon, he started work as a FX and stock trader in Geneva at EFXFX SA, covering commodities, equities and FX. He then moved to Abu Dhabi as the Chief Broker at Amwal International Financial Brokerage LLC, helping to launch the company and managing the portfolios of High Net-Worth clients.

He was one of the first people to join ADS Securities and is a certified broker with both the ADSM and the DFM.

Tim Merryweather

Tim Merryweather

Managing Director – Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining ADS Securities Tim held a number of senior finance roles at ICAP plc, most recently as Regional CFO for Asia Pacific where he was a member of the Asia Pacific Executive Committee and the Global Finance Leadership Group and was a director of all of ICAP’s regulated entities in the Asia region. Tim is a qualified chartered accountant and completed his training at Deloitte.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in in commerce from the University of Cape Town and a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Natal.

Dr Ryan Lemand

Dr Ryan Lemand

Managing Director, Head of Wealth & Asset Management

Dr Ryan Lemand is the Managing Director-Head of Wealth & Asset Management at ADS Securities.

Previously, Dr Lemand was the Senior Advisor and Head of Risk Management at the Emirates Securities & Commodities Authority. He also held roles as a Senior Portfolio Manager at Fortis Investments in London and Paris, as well as teaching financial econometrics courses at the Paris II-Assas University and Paris IX-Dauphine University.

Dr Lemand holds a PhD (summa cum laude) in Financial Econometrics from the École Normale Supérieure, France, and is the author of two books on financial contagion, as well as a number of research articles on financial correlation.

Karl Sees

Karl Sees

Managing Director, Global Head of Risk

Karl Sees joined ADS Securities in October 2016 as Managing Director- Global Head of Risk, based at the company headquarters in Abu Dhabi. An investment banking risk management expert with over 20 years of international industry experience across all products and asset classes, Karl possesses an in-depth knowledge of credit, market and operational risk, and extensive experience managing and developing risk systems, designing and executing operating models and running regulated control functions.

Prior to joining ADS Securities, Karl was Managing Director, Head of CIB Risk Oversight, Advice & Engagement at the Royal Bank of Scotland. Before joining RBS, he worked as Global Head of Traded Products Exposure Management at Barclays Capital in London. Over the course of his career, Karl has also held senior management roles at Deloitte & Touche LLP and ING Barings, having begun his investment banking career at Chase Manhattan Bank.

Karl received his Master’s degree in Finance, with Distinction, from London Business School.

Oliver C. Hallsworth

Oliver C. Hallsworth

Managing Director, Legal & Compliance

Oliver Hallsworth is Managing Director- Legal & Compliance, leading the firm’s global legal activities and policies, as well as regulatory affairs, compliance and brand protection.

Prior to joining ADS Securities, Oliver served as General Legal Counsel at Al Khalij Commercial Bank, a Qatar headquartered commercial bank, where he led the incorporation of its new investment banking entity in the Dubai International Financial Centre and directed the legal and regulatory review and engagement strategy for the establishment of the bank’s debut bond issuance.

Oliver is a seasoned barrister with substantial experience in legal and regulatory issues across a number of international jurisdictions including Jersey, Luxembourg, Ireland, United Kingdom, the European Union, Dubai and Qatar.  Prior to moving to the GCC, Oliver was based in Jersey, Channel Islands with UBS AG, where he was Executive Director, Head of Legal & Compliance.

Oliver began his career in London first with Citibank and then with Lehman Brothers, working as an in-house lawyer specialized in equity finance, derivatives and transaction management.  Most recently, Oliver was recognized as one of the Middle East’s Top 100 Corporate Counsel in the Legal 500 GC Powerlist.

Oliver received a Bachelor (Honours) in History from King’s College, University of London, a postgraduate diploma in Law from the University of Sussex and was Called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn and holds a current practicing certificate.

Paul Webb

Paul Webb

Acting CEO, ADS Securities London Limited

Mr Webb brings over 15 years of senior management, trading and risk management expertise in the FX/CFD institutional and brokerage sector to his current role as Acting CEO at ADS Securities London Limited.

Since joining ADS Securities as Senior Director & Chief Dealer in 2012, Mr Webb has been a key contributor to the growth of the global business, working across Asia and Europe to develop the firm’s front office function.

Mr Webb joined ADS Securities from Worldspreads Group Plc, where he served as Head of Market Risk & Trading, leading the company’s risk management and revenue generation strategy. Prior to this, Mr Webb spent nearly ten years at UK-based financial derivatives dealer CMC Markets where he began his career on the trading desk, and ending his tenure at the firm as Group Head of Trading and a member of the firm’s Executive Board.

Mr Webb graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Law.

Francis Lee

Francis Lee

Managing Director, Head of Asia

Francis is a forex, derivatives and risk management expert with more than 15 years of experience in international finance, focused on Asian markets. Prior to joining ADS Securities, he served as Managing Director and Regional Head for Greater China at Saxo Bank, and as Managing Director for FXCM Asia. Francis is widely recognized as the pioneer for the forex business in Asia, having set the industry standard for the regional institutional and retail trading business.

Francis is a published academic, author and commentator on foreign exchange markets, and remains a guest lecturer at the Department of Economic at Fu Jen Catholic University, his alma mater. He completed his post-graduate studies in Visual Communication at the Pratt Institute in New York, and earned his MBA, masters of business administration from Lubin Business School at Pace University. Since 2009, Francis has been a PhD candidate at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

Mathieu Ghanem

Mathieu Ghanem

Senior Director, Head of Sales (MENA)

Mathieu Ghanem was appointed Senior Director, Head of Sales (MENA) in July 2016, leading the firm’s institutional and retail sales operations for the Middle East and North Africa region. Mr Ghanem is also Head of Cross Asset Sales, where he is responsible for driving strategic integration between the firm’s brokerage, global investment banking and asset management operations.

Mr Ghanem was one of ADS Securities’ first employees, playing an integral role in structuring the firm’s operations in Asia as Head of Sales and Deputy Managing Director of the Hong Kong & Singapore offices, covering ADS Securities’ institutional brokerage, asset management, corporate and family offices clients. A business development specialist and expert in technology across forex, bullion and other e-traded products and asset classes, Mr Ghanem began his career as a market analyst and trader working in the hedge industry based out of Geneva and Abu Dhabi.

Mr Ghanem is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

Marcelo Vasques

Marcelo Vasques

Senior Director, Head of Global Markets

Marcelo Vasques joined ADS Securities in 2015 as Head of Credit Trading before his appointment as Senior Director, Head of Global Markets in September 2016.

Marcelo is a seasoned expert in investment banking with specialism in Credit Trading and associated products, having previously served as Head of Credit Trading & Sales at Shuaa PLC, EFG Hermes and Arqaam Capital based in Dubai, and at Troika Dialog in Moscow. Prior to this, he was Executive Director, Trading & Sales at ABN AMRO Bank, one of the market making pioneers in emerging market bonds & loans, where he played an instrumental role in capturing market share across CEEMEA, Latin America and Central Asia. He spent more than 17 years at ABN in Sao Paulo, New York, Amsterdam and London, where he first joined as a MYDFA and W&F Trader across Latin America, Northern Africa, South East Asia and Eastern Europe, prior to their conversion to Brady Bonds.

Marcelo began his career as a Credit Analyst with Merrill Lynch before becoming a trader at Citibank and BankBoston where he specialized in local market government treasury notes, bonds and export notes.

Marcelo earned his Bachelor of Business Administration at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica in Sao Paulo. He is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French.

Andreas Lazarou

Andreas Lazarou

Senior Director, Head of Marketing & Communications

Andreas is a highly dynamic senior marketing and communications professional with extensive experience, predominantly in the financial services industry. He has a profound knowledge of marketing and communications principles, service management, sales and business development, along with a demonstrated track record of success.

As Head of Marketing & Communications, Andreas oversees the global management of the ADS Securities brand including creative development, sponsorships, online and offline marketing and corporate communications.

Prior to joining ADS Securities, Andreas was Chief Marketing Officer at FxPro Financial services where he successfully ran the firm’s global marketing program. Andreas earned his Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Florida Atlantic University and is fluent in English, Greek and German.