Press Release

R.J.O'Brien Taps Experienced Metals Team to Spearhead New Strategic Partnership with Sucden Financial on the LME

New York, February 16, 2010

R.J. O’Brien & Associates (RJO), the largest independent futures brokerage firm in the United States, announced today that the highly successful metals brokerage team of Janet Mirasola and Stacy Winters has joined the firm’s New York office. The team will spearhead RJO’s newly announced strategic partnership with Sucden Financial Limited designed to significantly grow RJO’s client business conducted on the London Metal Exchange (LME). RJO said last week it had formed the arrangement with Sucden Financial, a leading “ring-dealing member” of the LME.

Mirasola was named RJO Managing Director, Metals, reporting to Joseph Murphy, Executive Vice President and President of the Americas. Winters is Vice President, Metals, reporting to Mirasola. Both have decades of experience with metals futures.

Said Murphy: "We’re very excited to bring on this talented team in New York. Janet’s pre-market commentary on metals is a must-read and a great value-added service for interested RJO clients. The team’s strong relationship with Sucden Financial, unparalleled experience with the metals markets and hands-on customer service are terrific assets, reinforcing our commitment to serving the risk management and investment needs of our commercial and institutional client base."

Mirasola specializes in bringing clients unique research and custom brokerage services, earning her a loyal following over the years. As she has in previous roles, Mirasola will open each day with sophisticated analysis of the global metals market, disseminated to clients before the market opens.

Mirasola said: "Stacy and I are thrilled to join RJO and to leverage the firm’s growth in the LME markets. The firm has a tremendous opportunity to be a leader in this sector, and we look forward to helping grow the business and participating in the firm’s international expansion this year."