Squared Financial Services Limited was incorporated in 2005 by its founders Philippe Ghanem and Georges Cohen. The company is an independent, full-service broker headquartered in Dublin and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI).

Today the Company offers a range of platforms, including MT4 and Squared Trader, and services to the professional and institutional market. Clients of Squared can access ECN-style trading across a broad mix of Bank and non-Bank liquidity pools.

The Company's main objective is the delivery of a stable and professional service for clients with the best price and highest quality of execution that services each client's specific trading style and strategy.


The senior management team at Squared Financial Services Ltd (SFSL) have 30 years+ experience in the financial markets specialising in Multi Asset electronic brokerage. They have worked internationally actively contributing to the technical and business development strategies in various operations.  They have also played a successful part in managing their Company’s’ businesses transition from non-regulated environments to the highly regulated environment of today’s business.


Youssef Barakat, CEO of Squared Financial

Youssef Barakat, Chief Executive Officer of SFSL.  Youssef has 10 years’+ experience in Forex and Bullion trading, sales and brokerage.  Youssef began his career as a trainee trader with Tulletts in Tokyo and London.  Youssef moved on to become a senior trader of Forex and Bullion for firms in Abu Dhabi and Geneva.  In 2005 Youssef stepped up to a senior management role as COO and Head of Trading for Amwal International Financial Brokerage in Abu Dhabi.  He reported directly to the CEO and managed the setup of the Company from Day 1 including the acquiring of the licence and setup of the trading systems and procedures.

Youssef joined SFSL in 2009 as a Senior Sales Trader with a focus on business development.  Since then Youssef has played a key role in generating and closing technically complex sales with clients in the Middle East and Russia.  In April 2014 Youssef was appointed to a newly created CEO role.  Youssef is leading the SFSL team in the delivery of the Company’s multi asset, low latency copy and signal trading strategy.

Youssef is fluent in English, French and Arabic with an extensive executive industry network in Europe and the Middle East.

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