Founder & Managing Partner
Mark Beeston is a 30 year+ veteran of financial markets and is Managing Partner and founder of Illuminate Financial Management, a venture capital firm focussed on financial services technology currently investing from its third fund and which currently lists seven strategic partner LP’s drawn from the largest global names in banking, finance and markets infrastructure.
Mark launched the firm in 2014 following a long career in capital markets where he had been both the consumer of financial markets technology as well as the entrepreneur (T-Zero / Creditex), operator (ICAP), and early stage funder of capital markets businesses.
Prior to founding Illuminate, Mark was the CEO for the Post Trade Risk and Information business and Exco Member at ICAP (now Osttra, a CME and S&P Global JV) where he also oversaw the creation of ICAP’s own investment subsidiary. Before ICAP Mark was President of T-Zero, a credit derivatives trade processing platform (now ICELink) launched during his time on the Exco of Creditex resulting in the successful acquisition of the group by ICE in 2008. Mark started his career with 13 years at Deutsche Bank in derivatives trading and management, including periods as COO for both the Global Rates and Global Credit businesses following an extensive period of running various Fixed Income derivative trading businesses. Mark has an undergraduate degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
When not focused on financial technology Mark can usually be found in some way indulging his passion for all things automotive.