Robin Strong is Managing Director for Cowen’s Westminster RPA, an industry leading investment research and commission management provider.
In his current role, Mr. Strong is responsible for delivering Westminster’s unbundling and MiFID II compliant solutions to its growing client base. He is also responsible for expanding Westminster’s broad range of commission management, research payment and outsourcing services to buy and sell-side investment firms across the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Strong also plays a key role in preparing the firm’s clients for reforms outlined in MiFID II, one of which requires firms to manage payments for research through Research Payment Accounts (RPAs) or to pay for the research directly.
Prior to joining Cowen, Mr. Strong founded The Investment Data Utility, an innovative data quality benchmarking service geared towards investment managers, and currently serves as a Non-Executive Director. A 25-year financial industry veteran, Mr. Strong previously worked at Linedata, where he was responsible for business development and client adoption strategies across the EMEA region. Mr. Strong started his career at Salomon Brothers in London working as an analyst and a programmer. His professional background also includes working as the Director of Market Strategy at Fidessa; Principal Architect at Charles River Development; Head of Sales and Marketing, EMEA at Citadel Associates and Buy-Side Sales Manager at Asset Control.
Robin has been an active member of the FIX Trading Community for many years. He served on the Global Steering Committee and as Chair of the Member Services Committee from 2012 – 2016 where he was instrumental in increasing buy-side participation within the organization.
Mr. Strong holds a Masters of Engineering (MEng) from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, with a concentration in manufacturing sciences and engineering.