Our Talented Team

At Linear, we proudly bring together decades of industry experience

PAUL KELLY

Chief Executive Officer

Paul was previously a Managing Director at Citigroup and Head of Wholesale Execution Services EMEA, spearheading the new wholesale broker to broker business and tasked to integrate electronic trading products with custody and clearing. Prior to Citigroup he was CEO of NYFIX International Ltd, responsible for the build out and launch of NYFIX Euro Millennium MTF (Multilateral Trading Facility – a dark pool).

Previous positions were Sales Director (Europe) for Tamesis Limited,
a real-time trade capture system and a Director (sales) for Sunguard
Infinity Business unit (Germany, Austria & Eastern Europe).

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JERRY LEES

Chairman & Founder

Jerry Lees has been an active entrepreneur in the success of multiple technology and financial businesses. Previously, Global Head of Alternative Execution at Credit Agricole Cheuvreux and Partner on the Executive Committee for 12 years in the Group, firstly in Asia and then Europe. Prior to this Jerry held positions as Director of Liberty (part of Clearstream Bank) – the first global electronic trading and execution platform andHead of Global Operations & Marketing for Quotron International (Citibank), having previously been Founder and MD of Northgate Computer Services, a leading Financial FinTech Company.

PATRICK JOHNSON

Chief Compliance Officer

Pat started his career in the City with Orme & Eykyn (Stockbrokers) in 1971. He moved to Parrish Stockbrokers in 1976, where he became Director of Operations, including responsibility for all Administrative functions. He then moved to First Equity Limited (Equity – Inter Dealer Broker) as Head of Operations, Compliance & HR.

In 1999, he moved to Eden Financial (Stockbrokers, Wealth Management & Asset Management) where he held the role of Group Board Director and COO of Eden Financial, overseeing IT, Operations. He remained there for 14 years, leaving following the sale of its businesses.

Pat has operated as a consultant, advising clients on operational
systems and process issues in financial trading businesses

MARK BURCHELL

Global Head Of Sales

Global Head of Sales – Prime Brokerage, Execution and Hedge platform services including FCA incubation and Capital Introduction.

Mark has over 28 years of experience in the Investment Banking Industry – and joined Linear Investments in January 2014.

Working for S.G. Warburg & Co on the European market making and Portfolio Trading Desks from 1987. Following this Mark was a Managing Director at Bear Stearns International where he helped build the European Portfolio Trading sales desk and was a key contact for the Prime Brokerage team. Thereafter Mark held positions on the electronic trading sales desks at CA Cheuvreux (Senior Sales Manager) and Knight Capital (Director).

SAM MERALI

Head of Agency Brokerage

Previously Managing Director of AQX Securities, Sam joined Linear in April 2015 as the Head of Agency Brokerage.

With a strong background in brokerage and sales including positions as Vice President at ConvergEx Group, Head of Electronic Execution Sales at NYFIX, and Head of European Sales at Easybroker International, Sam brings expertise and experience to his role at Linear.

Steve Smith

Chief Operating Officer

Steve has over 25 years of experience in both front and back office roles across multi-asset class environments. Having built and managed stable trading infrastructures for many years, Steve has  held previous roles as COO, Director, and Head of Technology & Operations at firms including Kyte Broking, Marex Spectron, and Eden Financial.

Simon Bayles

Chief Investment Officer

Simon has over 20 years of experience working within financial services and is considered an expert in multi-disciplines across traditional and alternative asset classes. . As CIO and founding member of Blue Oak Capital Group, Simon implemented advanced research systems, taking on responsibility for proprietary software and portfolio construction. A member of the Investment Committee he also undertook responsibility for two fund of hedge funds, a structured European equity portfolio, establishing an on-shore private equity team for Chinese investments, and building a multi-currency debit card.