SOURCE: Global Access Holdings, LLC

September 03, 2008 07:30 ET

Global Access Holdings Makes Strategic Acquisition in Illiquid Security Marketplace

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 3, 2008) - Global Access Holdings LLC (GAH) announced today the strategic acquisition of the Zealous Alternative Trading System (ZATS) from Zealous Capital Markets, LLC. The ZATS platform is an alternative trading system for illiquid securities including PIPEs, warrants, and other financing vehicles. When combined with the current research, content, and analytics available through GAH, the ZATS platform will be elevated to the most comprehensive platform for illiquid securities.

While ZATS was originally designed as a domestic trading ATS, the new combined platform, named Global Access Trading Engine (GATE), will continue its US trading operation, but will also expand into emerging markets through Global Access Holding's international partnerships. As the desire for trading in PIPEs, warrants, and other illiquid security types has grown, the need for an efficient way to identify, analyze and transact in these vehicles has grown as well. GATE will work with both issuers and investors to provide that solution on a global basis.

"GATE is really the next step for the illiquid security marketplace," said Vince Molinari, CEO of Global Access Holdings. "After working for the last year with Zealous Capital Markets, it became very clear that this market needed a combined platform, where research, analytics, and trading were all merged seamlessly. Our vision for GATE is to provide the gateway to illiquid securities transactions globally."

Zealous Capital Markets originally identified Global Access Holdings to build its research platform offering, FlashPoint, back in December of 2007. "Their ability to analyze thousands of securities and build analytics for the illiquid market is originally what brought us to Global Access Holdings," commented Todd Ault, CEO of Zealous Capital Markets. "As our teams worked together to build FlashPoint, it became clear to Mr. Molinari and I, just how powerful a globally based application would be. We have worked together over the last several months to create a custom solution that can power not only our clients, but others involved in the illiquid marketplace as well."

In addition to its trading functionality, GATE will incorporate the research and analytics provided by Ockham Research, LLC, a GAH partner and independent research provider. With coverage of over 5500 US and ADR securities, Ockham Research will bring custom research, ratings, and insights into the GATE platform with the goal of expanding coverage into the international markets that GATE will power. Christian Ward, CEO of Ockham Research commented, "GATE has so many opportunities to bring information to a truly 'dark pool' of investments. With companies, investors, and research providers working together with GAH and the GATE platform, the ability to streamline the illiquid securities market is realized. Ockham is proud to have been chosen to power the GATE platform and will work closely with GAH to identify additional research sources for inclusion going forward."

The new GATE platform will be offered both as an execution mechanism and a back-end solution to firms seeking to provide a transaction marketplace to their clients. Clients will be able to research companies, identify illiquid investments, review transaction and trading history, and ultimately trade in an efficient online platform. Contact Global Access Holdings for more information.

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