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The rise of electronic energy markets may prompt energy companies to seek a simple clearing solution through one primary bank, rather than build relations with several clearers, writes Ron Villarin
With the growth of the current hedge fund industry throughout the 1990s came the concept of prime brokerage, with banks offering a suite of products and services to a fund. These symbiotic one-stop shops now underpin the hedge fund industry, and financial institutions compete fiercely to offer best of breed services. As the energy trading industry grows, banks may find there is a similar opportunity to offer prime brokerage to energy companies.