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Strategic Talent Acquisition Drives Profitable Trading Platform Expansion

This case study highlights GQR's targeted recruitment strategy for a high-frequency trading (HFT) firm looking to expand by attracting top Portfolio Managers from competitors. Despite industry challenges, GQR's deep market insights and innovative approaches enabled successful placements that significantly boosted the client’s profitability and operational capabilities.


  • Client's Goal: Develop a new business platform to establish multiple trading desks led by top Portfolio Managers from rival high-frequency trading (HFT) firms

  • Industry Issue: Many competitors have failed to attract the desired talent or sustain long enough to establish a successful track record


  • Specialized Recruitment: Identify and engage leading Portfolio Managers at competing firms, demonstrating the benefits of transitioning to our client’s platform

  • Candidate Comfort: Targeted talent is well-compensated and typically cautious about discussing opportunities with recruiters or internal recruitment teams


  • Market Mapping: Analyzed the competitive landscape to identify the most successful trading pods, refining our target candidate list

  • Strategic Engagement: Utilized informal meetings with our client's CEO to build trust and open dialogues, setting the stage for formal recruitment

  • Market Intelligence: Leveraged deep insights into the proprietary trading market, offering a comparative analysis of potential opportunities for candidates, which distinguished our services from standard recruitment approaches


  • Successful Placements: Over four years, partnered with over a dozen Portfolio Managers, significantly enhancing the client's business operations and profitability

  • Enhanced Client Operations: These managers have since established robust trading businesses, generating substantial annual profits

Key Metrics

  • Financial Impact

    • Since improving our partnership in 2018, we've seen about $1.5 million in gross profit from recruitment activities, averaging approximately $300,000 annually

  • Engagement Success

    • Extended 10-15 offers since 2018, with 2-3 offers annually resulting in significant profit contributions from hired Portfolio Managers

What Our Clients Say

"Working with Joel from GQR has transformed our recruitment strategy. His dedication and understanding of our business needs have made GQR our top recruitment partner."

- Head of Trading, Partner at a US-based HFT firm.

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