Company bosses tell Trade-Winds that the Long Island-based outfit has hired Mark Suarez, who until recently was director of equity research covering shipping and transport stocks at Connecticut investment firm Euro Pacific Capital, as a senior transport advisor.

The move is the latest push into the financial space by McQuilling that includes an unveiling of a strategic alliance between McQ Holdings and financial firm JonesTrading in September.

As the largest block equity trader in the US, JonesTrading contributes its access to a network of over 1,000 institutional investors.