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Direct Access Partners, LLC Celebrates 10th Anniversary by Ringing Closing Bell at the NYSE

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Direct Access Partners, LLC, (Direct Access) a diversified financial services enterprise, today announced that CEO Ben Chinea along with the firm's founding partners and 9 original employees will ring the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange in celebration of the firm's 10th anniversary.

Direct Access launched in the fall of 2002 as a 17 member team on the floor of the NYSE. The firm has evolved from the NYSE floor to 100 employees with six national offices. The institutional brokerage offering has expanded from U.S. listed equities to include global equities, global fixed income, capital introduction and raising, listed equity derivatives, capital markets, research and introduced prime services. The growth of the firm has been accomplished by organic growth and strategic acquisition.

“We launched Direct Access in a difficult market environment after the crash of the tech bubble and the tragedy of September 11,” Ben Chinea, Founder and CEO noted, “Our approach was to focus on our clients and create an environment where talent can succeed. 10 years later we remain client-focused and entrepreneurial with a much broader suite of products and services that help our customers. We view our clients as partners and are grateful for their business and support over the last 10 years. We look ahead to the next 10 years with optimism.”

The firm will celebrate the anniversary with a party on the NYSE floor for clients and partners.

About Direct Access:

Founded in 2002, Direct Access Partners, LLC is a diversified, institutional financial services enterprise.

Direct Access offers multi-asset class trading capabilities in over 100+ developed and emerging markets to a range of buy-side clients including mutual funds, hedge funds and registered investment advisers. The firm provides a wide range of trading-related services including global introduced prime services, independent research and commission management. The Capital Alternatives Group offers hedge fund clients a unique integrated capital introduction and capital raising service offering.

Direct Access received Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) status in 2007 and has been certified by numerous states, county and city pension plans and is an active member in numerous regional minority business councils.

Direct Access has offices in New York, Boston, Miami, St. Louis and a presence on the NYSE floor.

Direct Access is a member of NYSE Euronext, FINRA, MSRB, NFA and SIPC.

For more information about Direct Access please refer to our website at www.daptrading.com.

Direct Access Partners
Richard Fremont, 212-850-8869
rfremont@daptrading.com

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