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Direct Access Partners, LLC Celebrates 10th Anniversary by Ringing Closing Bell at the NYSE

  Direct Access Partners, LLC Celebrates 10th Anniversary by Ringing Closing
  Bell at the NYSE

  *Four founding partners lead original team to commemorate anniversary and
    honor the firm’s roots as an NYSE member firm

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- October 24, 2012

Direct Access Partners, LLC, (Direct Access) a diversified financial services
enterprise, today announced that CEO Ben Chinea along with the firm’s founding
partners and 9 original employees will ring the closing bell on the New York
Stock Exchange in celebration of the firm’s 10th anniversary.

Direct Access launched in the fall of 2002 as a 17 member team on the floor of
the NYSE. The firm has evolved from the NYSE floor to 100 employees with six
national offices. The institutional brokerage offering has expanded from U.S.
listed equities to include global equities, global fixed income, capital
introduction and raising, listed equity derivatives, capital markets, research
and introduced prime services. The growth of the firm has been accomplished by
organic growth and strategic acquisition.

“We launched Direct Access in a difficult market environment after the crash
of the tech bubble and the tragedy of September 11,” Ben Chinea, Founder and
CEO noted, “Our approach was to focus on our clients and create an environment
where talent can succeed. 10 years later we remain client-focused and
entrepreneurial with a much broader suite of products and services that help
our customers. We view our clients as partners and are grateful for their
business and support over the last 10 years. We look ahead to the next 10
years with optimism.”

The firm will celebrate the anniversary with a party on the NYSE floor for
clients and partners.

About Direct Access:

Founded in 2002, Direct Access Partners, LLC is a diversified, institutional
financial services enterprise.

Direct Access offers multi-asset class trading capabilities in over 100+
developed and emerging markets to a range of buy-side clients including mutual
funds, hedge funds and registered investment advisers. The firm provides a
wide range of trading-related services including global introduced prime
services, independent research and commission management. The Capital
Alternatives Group offers hedge fund clients a unique integrated capital
introduction and capital raising service offering.

Direct Access received Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) status in 2007 and
has been certified by numerous states, county and city pension plans and is an
active member in numerous regional minority business councils.

Direct Access has offices in New York, Boston, Miami, St. Louis and a presence
on the NYSE floor.

Direct Access is a member of NYSE Euronext, FINRA, MSRB, NFA and SIPC.

For more information about Direct Access please refer to our website at
www.daptrading.com.

Contact:

Direct Access Partners
Richard Fremont, 212-850-8869
rfremont@daptrading.com