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FXCM acquires GCI’s retail forex business

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FXCM Inc has acquired the retail FX business of GCI Capital Co Ltd of Japan for USD5 million net of cash received, subject to certain adjustments.

GCI Capital’s retail FX business, which has been operating under the FXCM Japan brand, will provide an excellent complement to FXCM’s recent purchase of ODL Japan. The two entities will combine and operate as FXCM Japan, under the FXCM Inc umbrella. The combined companies will create a single unit better positioned to serve the Japanese market. GCI Capital has over 17,000 active accounts1 with client equity of over USD110 million. As of February 28, 2011, FXCM serviced 139,000 active accounts.

Founded in 1999, FXCM went public on the New York Stock Exchange in December 2010 and trades under the ticker symbol “FXCM”.

Drew Niv, CEO of FXCM, says: “FXCM has been partnered with GCI since its inception and is very familiar with its business which should lead to rapid integration and realisation of cost and revenue synergies. We continue to believe FXCM will be the only retail forex firm with a truly global footprint. In an industry in which size and scale are important, this is a major advantage.”

GCI Capital’s retail FX clients will continue to trade as they do now. Prior to the acquisition, GCI Capital’s retail FX clients traded using FXCM Inc’s retail FX platform and liquidity. A major benefit to FXCM clients is its No Dealing Desk execution on forex trades. Under No Dealing Desk execution, forex trades are fully-automated and executed back-to-back with one of the world’s premier banks or financial institutions. Up to 25 FX market makers compete to provide FXCM with bid and ask prices, resulting in low spreads and fast execution, with no intervention from a dealing desk on forex trades. Another major benefit of No Dealing Desk execution is the ability to place orders within one pip of the market with no restrictions.

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