Fintech @ Fifty
Research & Insights
Trading Services
Liquidity Venues
Workflow Solutions
Ideas & Innovations

of change.

When Instinet gave birth to electronic trading in 1969, we were a small tech-focused upstart with a simple (but then, radical) point of view: that technology can bring great efficiency to the financial markets. No one had coined the term “fintech” yet, but that’s what we were. We’ve made it our mission to remain at the forefront of advancements that shape the financial markets ever since.

Today, as part of Nomura Group, Instinet’s global agency model* provides services that span the entire investment life cycle. Our goal is to help our institutional clients create, preserve and capture alpha in a changing world.

Our Approach

The vision to lead. The capabilities to perform.

We operate with a “client-first” approach. It’s built on robust and adaptive technology and decades of experience fine-tuning our capabilities to a constantly-shifting marketplace and for the evolving objectives of our clients.

Instinet offers the institutional investment community a suite of tailorable solutions, including a unique US equity research boutique, market insights and commentary, full service trading desks, advanced algorithmic trading strategies, access to unique and specialized liquidity via our array of crossing pools, and a set of award-winning workflow solutions engineered to help our clients efficiently manage their investment process, their way.

The Investment Life Cycle

High touch trading

  • Sales trading
  • Portfolio trading
  • Insight and analysis

Algorithmic trading

  • Benchmarks strategies
  • Participation strategies
  • Liquidity-driven strategies

Low latency trading

  • Market access
  • Market data
  • Hosting and networking

US Equity Research

  • Sector coverage
  • Quantitative strategies

Expert commentary

  • Market structure
  • Trading strategies
  • Regulatory updates


A global suite of unique
alternative crossing venues


  • Pre-trade strategy and analysis
  • Real-time trade performance data
  • Post-trade measurement and TCA

Newport EMS

Broker-neutral sell-side
execution platform

Newport OMS

End-to-end broker-dealer
order management and
middle/back-office platform


  • Global CCA/CSA
    management platform
  • Provider-neutral research
    payment hub

Technology makes it possible. People make the difference.

Since Instinet’s beginning, technology has been what has set us apart. But relationships have always been the heart of our business. While new advancements and innovations continue to drive our business and industry forward, we believe human connection, interaction, and inspiration will always be the true fuel of the financial markets.

The agency model, by nature, focuses on client performance and transparency above all else. Assisting you in achieving best execution and delivering performance drives everything we do. That’s why we’re continuously investing in our core infrastructure and flexible technology, thoughtfully curating our access to internal and external liquidity, and carefully developing our client-centric team culture. We keep every part focused on relentlessly improving efficiency and performance across our solution set.

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Ralston Roberts
Chief Executive Officer

Ralston Roberts

Chief Executive Officer

In December 2018, Ralston Roberts was named the global CEO of Instinet Incorporated, responsible for managing the agency-model firm's overall operations. Mr. Roberts joined Instinet from Goldman Sachs, where he served since 2015, most recently as co-head of Execution Services and co-head of Electronic Trading for EMEA. He served previously as the Chief Operations Officer of SunGard’s brokerage business, and as Senior Vice President of Product Management. Before SunGard, Mr. Roberts was Chief Technology Officer at Wells Fargo Securities. He holds a B.A. in Business Economics and Geography from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Laure Richmond
Chief Financial Officer

Laure Richmond

Chief Financial Officer

Laure Richmond is the Chief Financial Officer of Instinet Incorporated, responsible for overseeing the firm's global finances and processes. Ms.Richmond originally joined Instinet in 2006, and has since taken on increasingly more senior responsibilities. She rose to become Global head of Accounting and Reporting in 2011, and since 2015 Laure has served as CFO of the Americas and the US broker-dealer subsidiary, Instinet, LLC. She was recognized as the CFO of the year in 2019 by Markets Media's Women in Finance Awards. Prior to joining Instinet, Ms.Richmond was the financial controller at Lampe Berger USA, a subsidiary of a global manufacturer of consumer products. She received her FINRA Series 27 in 2009.

Faron Webb
General Counsel

Faron Webb

General Counsel

Faron Webb is General Counsel of Instinet Incorporated and the global head of Instinet's legal and compliance functions. Mr. Webb helped lead Nomura's acquisition of Instinet in February 2007 and was appointed General Counsel in April 2008. Prior to joining Nomura, Mr. Webb served as Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer of Société Générale and Cowen & Co., as the head of US Equity Compliance for J.P. Morgan, and as a senior attorney and regulatory advisor for PaineWebber. He also previously worked as senior counsel for the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and engaged in the private practice of law. Mr. Webb is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University and Texas Tech University and is a certified public accountant.

Minor Huffman
Chief Technology Officer

Minor Huffman

Chief Technology Officer

Minor Huffman is the Chief Technology Officer of Instinet, responsible for leading the firm’s global technology strategy and operations.  Mr. Huffman joined Instinet in May 2019 from Citco, where he served as Head of Development, Application Support and Engineering for over four years.  He served previously as the head of FX Trading at SunGard (now part of FIS), Global Head of Rates IT at Credit Suisse, Chief Technology Officer at FXAll (now part of Thomson Reuters), Head of Technology for Citigroup Derivatives Markets Incorporated and Chief Business Technologist at JPMorgan.  He holds a BS in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts