Dinosaur Merchant Bank Ltd. (DMBL), the independent London challenger bank and a subsidiary of Dinosaur Group Holdings LLC., has appointed Jonathan Bloch, the founder and CEO of Exchange Data International (EDI), as non-executive director. Headquartered in London, DMBL specialises in institutional investing and finance, with a focus on emerging and frontier markets and clients in the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Bloch has many years’ experience in technology and data and set up EDI, a successful provider of securities reference data, in 1994. He is known for challenging established business practices and has a successful record as a disruptor in the financial markets. Bloch brings a valuable combination of perspective and experience to his role on the DMBL Board, having provided consultancy to trade associations, investment and financial services companies and holding non-exec directorships at several software and technology firms. He has been the chairman of Company Watch (Holdings) Limited since 2011.

Glenn Grossman, Founder and Chairman of Dinosaur Group Holdings, said: “It is a great pleasure to have Jonathan join us. He’s a very experienced director and having him on board will be a real asset in helping our continued growth and regional expansion. His expertise in building a global business and emerging markets is an excellent addition to DMBL and Dinosaur Group Holdings. Our success has always come down to the people who work here and having such a talented individual join us will drive our business forward even faster.”

Jonathan Bloch said: “As financial services become increasingly more competitive and with large financial institutions de-risking, the services that DMBL provides are becoming more vital. I spend a great deal of my life looking to bring about positive change and greater efficiency to financial markets and I am delighted to join such a technology-driven disruptor bank, committed to providing an outstanding service to clients. DMBL’s premise of always listening to the needs of each client and providing the right solution for them is a great basis for success.”

Dinosaur Group Holdings is a full-service financial group that also operates a broker-dealer and registered investment advisor in the USA. Dinosaur Group Holdings has over 15 years’ experience in investments, institutional trading and emerging markets. Its unique approach to customer satisfaction and personal service sets it apart from larger investment banks and the team’s global presence provides accessibility to, and knowledge of, international markets.