Peter Lappo

  • Architectural design
  • FinTech
  • Project management
  • Business and data analysis

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Peter is a hands-on solutions architect and developer with 25 years of experience designing and developing software systems with the last 18 years spent developing financial systems; usually low latency high performance trading systems. He has worked with very large organisations such as UBS, JP Morgan, Nomura, Man Investments and RBS but has also worked with start-ups, such as a fintech start-up called Peer Dealer or Pollards Et Filles an investment manager in emerging markets. Prior to moving to financial services he developed real-time software for the telecoms and simulation industries. When working for Systematic Methods Research Peter collaborated with GeoGreenWeb to producing a GIS enabled iPhone app called MyStop that alerts a user when they are nearing their train stop.

At Peer Dealer, a foreign exchange trading start-up focused on the retail market, Peter was the chief architect, principal analyst and main developer and he turned around a failed project to produce a credible mobile first prototype and business model. In the process he specified a big data database, Cassandra, to store transactions and tick market data in a fault tolerant manner. At Pollards Et Filles he is the CTO responsible for defining strategy, training and mentoring and of course leading development.

In other roles in the finance industry Peter has had a wide variety of experience designing and developing trading systems at UBS, JP Morgan, Bear Stearns, Man Investment and RBS. Along the way he has gained experience in risk management, equities trading, fixed income, foreign exchange, forwards, swaps, and futures. At Man Investments he delivered a prize wining low latency co-located high frequency trading platform within an aggressive six-month period.

Peter’s primary technology background is open source with an emphasis on JVM languages such as Java and Scala. But he has a wide range of technology experience such as R and Python for statistical analysis; Objective-C for IOS mobile apps; Javascript and Anglular JS for mobile and responsive apps; big data technologies such as Cassandra, Spark and Solr for storing and analysing big data.

Peter has been an agile advocate since 2000 and has presented papers at agile conferences. His most recent presentation was to an audience in Guyana in association with Pollard Et Filles. Peter was awarded a PhD from Leeds University in Computer Optimisation and completed a Finance MSc at Reading University with distinction.

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