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Dukascopy Bank SA

 
Company and Group Overview

Dukascopy Bank is a Swiss innovative online bank based in Geneva, Switzerland, providing Internet based and mobile trading services (with focus on foreign exchange, bullion, CFD and binaries), banking and other financial services through proprietary technological solutions.

The company has been founded on 2 November 2004 in Geneva by Andre and Veronika Duka, Swiss nationals residing in Geneva who still own 99% of the company.

Dukascopy Bank is regulated by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA both as a bank and a securities dealer.

Dukascopy Bank fully owns Dukascopy Europe IBS AS, European licensed brokerage company based in Riga, Dukascopy Japan, a Type-1 licensed broker located in Tokyo and SIA Dukascopy Payments, a European licensed payment and e-money company incorporated in Riga. In addition to its Geneva Headquarters, Dukascopy Bank has offices in Zürich, Riga, Kiev, Moscow, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. Currently, Dukascopy Group employs over 300 staff.

Dukascopy Group mainly provides online and mobile trading services through the SWFX – Swiss FX Marketplace, the Dukascopy’s ECN proprietary technological solution and registered trademark. Dukascopy Payments is a Group company dedicated to instant payment services through smartphones and payment cards.

Online and mobile trading - SWFX – Swiss FX Marketplace (SWFX) and binary options platform

The SWFX provides online and mobile Forex, precious metals and CFD trading facilities.

Currently, the SWFX is connected through FIX API to over 20 major banks offering a unique pool of ECN spot forex liquidity available for traders, banks, hedge funds and other institutions. This allows Dukascopy Bank to offer its clients unrivalled order execution and price feed quality in addition to very low spreads.

The SWFX automatically executes orders of market participants on a Straight Through Processing basis. In this ECN environment, both buy-side and sell-side participants interact on an equal footing. Dukascopy Bank has no dealing desk and makes no requote, all trades are executed automatically on its ECN, whatever their size.

The Dukascopy trading platform (JForex) provides an array of tools for risk management and control over the order execution. Clients may trade billions of dollars in a secure "one-click" trading environment. Support is provided on a 24/5 basis. In case of need, clients may pass orders over the phone.

In addition to trading on Forex, precious metals and CFD (on various underlyings), Dukascopy Bank provides a trading platform for binary options on stocks and Forex.

Online banking

Dukascopy Bank offers extremely competitive conditions for currency exchange on current accounts, provides e-banking facilities, credit cards and an increasing range of banking products. More information is available at

Financial media, tutorials and online Dukascopy Community

Dukascopy Bank provides a wide range of free financial information and other attractive resources through its website, Dukascopy TV online television, Freeserv products and its active online Dukascopy community counting over 130’000 members.

The members of Dukascopy Community may exchange in several languages on trading experiences, market views, trading strategies, may win prizes in various contests and freely communicate through advanced and secure chat and video conference systems developed and supported by Dukascopy Bank. Useful links:

Secure Dukascopy interactive communication tools (web/mobile)

Dukascopy Online Community and Dukascopy contests

Trading tools and tutorials

Free Financial Information:

Board of Directors
  • Bogdan Prensilevich, Chairman
  • Pierre Bongard, Vice-Chairman, member of the Audit Committee
  • Gérard de Cerjat, member
  • Frank Guemara, member of the Audit Committee
  • Pierre-Alain Guillaume, member
  • All Board members are Swiss nationals and permanent residents of Switzerland.
Executive Management
  • Andre Duka, co-Chairman of the Executive Committee, co-Chief Executive Officer & Chief Technology Officer, founding shareholder, Swiss national
  • Veronika Duka, co-Chairman of the Executive Committee, co-Chief Executive Officer & Chief Administrative Officer, founding shareholder, Swiss national
  • Laurent Bellières, Chief Financial & Chief Risk Officer, Swiss national
  • Dmitrijs Kukels, Chief Brokerage Officer, Latvian national
  • All Executive Committee members are permanent residents of Geneva, Switzerland.
Auditors

KPMG SA: statutory and banking auditors

PKF Certifica SA: internal auditor

The statutory auditor reports to the General Meeting of Shareholders on the results of their audit of the Financial Statements and proposed appropriation of available earnings.

The banking auditor verifies that Dukascopy Bank complies with the Swiss laws and other applicable regulation on an individual basis and group level. They report their conclusions and observations directly to FINMA.

Internal auditors execute a multi-annual audit plan agreed with the Board of Directors, and report their conclusions and recommendations to the Board. Internal auditors verify the adequacy of the company’s organisation, internal control system and its compliance with applicable laws and regulation.

History of Dukascopy

1998 Dukascopy Trading Technologies Corp.

The Dukascopy project was launched in 1998 by a group of physicists headed by Dr. Andre Duka. Their mission was to research, develop, and implement a complex financial system via novel mathematical and econophysical techniques.

1999 Dukascopy Trading Platform

Dukascopy commences development of its trading platform.

2004 Dukascopy – Swiss Brokerage House

Dukascopy was created in 2004. Its mission was to serve the financial community with its advanced technological solution.

2006 Dukascopy – SWFX Swiss FX Marketplace

Dukascopy launches its ECN, the SWFX Swiss FX Marketplace.

2008 Dukascopy Forex TV

Dukascopy launches Dukascopy Forex TV, online television providing technical and fundamental analysis to traders and financial professionals.

2010 Dukascopy Bank SA

Dukascopy is authorised by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA to conduct banking activities.

2010 Geneva Forex Event

Launch of the Geneva Forex Event, a monthly meeting point to follow up on current events, to network, to establish public relations, and to be present among the elite in a relaxed atmosphere (www.genevaforexevent.ch).

2010 SWFX Trader iPhone application

This application is considered to be the pinnacle of mobile trading technologies and one of the leading free applications available on the market.

2011 Dukascopy Europe IBS AS

Dukascopy Europe IBS AS becomes operational as a fully owned subsidiary of Dukascopy Bank SA dedicated essentially to the European retail market (www.dukascopy.eu).

2012 SMS Notification Service

Dukascopy Bank SA develops its SMS notification service, allowing clients to receive SMS notifications about different types of events on their trading account or in the market.

2012 Opening of Dukascopy TV Studios in Geneva

Dukascopy TV opens its new studios in Geneva.

2012 Dukascopy Bank SA in Kiev

Dukascopy Bank SA opens a representative office in Kiev, Ukraine.

2012 SWFX Trader for Android OS

The SWFX Trader application on Android OS allows users to trade on DEMO or LIVE accounts from anywhere in the world by connecting to the Dukascopy ECN-Marketplace.

2012 e-banking Solution

Dukascopy Bank SA creates a unique and innovative e-banking solution offered to holders of Current Accounts.

2012 Dukascopy Bank SA in Hong Kong

Dukascopy Bank SA expands its international presence by opening a representation office in Hong Kong.

2012 Islamic Accounts

In line with the expectations of Moslem clients, Dukascopy Bank SA announces the creation of swap-free accounts.

2012 Swiss Bankers Association

Dukascopy Bank becomes a member of the Swiss Bankers Association

2013 Dukascopy Bank SA receives Securities Dealer Authorisation

Dukascopy is authorised by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA to conduct securities dealer activities.

2013 Dukascopy Bank SA in Moscow

Dukascopy Bank SA expands its international presence by opening a representation office in Moscow.

2014 Dukascopy Bank offers binary options

In June 2014, Dukascopy Bank launched its new trading platform for binary options.

2014 Dukascopy Bank SA in Zürich and in Kuala Lumpur

Dukascopy Bank SA expands its presence by opening an office in Zürich (Switzerland) and in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).

2014 Dukascopy Bank offers CFDs

In September 2014, Dukascopy Bank started to add CFD instruments to its ECN trading environment.

2015 Dukascopy Bank SA acquires 100% of Alpari Japan K.K., Tokyo

In August 2015, Dukascopy Bank has acquired 100% of Alpari Japan K.K., a Type-1 licensed Japanese broker based in Tokyo which has been renamed Dukascopy Japan K.K. Thanks to this acquisition, Dukascopy Group may provide regulated Forex trading services in Japan, the largest Forex market in the world.

2015 Dukascopy Payments obtains its European payment and e-money license

This Group company based in Riga, Latvia specializes in offering instant payment services through smartphones.

2015 Dukascopy TV registration with OFCOM

Dukascopy TV is registered with Federal Office of Communications from Swiss State regulator OFCOM. Dukascopy TV is since then officially registered as a Swiss TV broadcaster.

 

 


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