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Exclusive: UBS looks to rescale FX peaks with new internal prop shop

In another clear signal that it intends to build on its huge FX business, UBS has hired market veteran Dave Tait as its global head of proprietary trading. Tait – who as readers of the weeklyFiX will know has climbed Mount Everest three times – had a long and successful career on the sell side, including stints at Goldman Sachs and CSFB, before moving into the then fledgling hedge fund industry several years ago. He initially joined Bluecrest, before joining the ill-fated Peloton Partners. Until he was lured back to the sell side by UBS, he was trading at Citadel.

Sources say his hire marks the start of what will be an aggressive build up by UBS of its prop trading capabilities. Tait, who will report to Carsten Kengeter and Dimitri Psyllidis, has been charged with building up a global team of as many as 15 proven traders – apparently no ‘shrinking violets’ should apply. The bank is believed to be keen to leverage on the huge FX flow it sees, so the initial focus will be on currency trading, although traders will also be allowed to put positions on in other assets.

Tait’s departure from Citadel is believed to have been entirely amicable.

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