MAINFIRST MAKES MAJOR EUROPEAN PUSH  Continental European broker, MainFirst, have taken MiFID II by the horns and is refusing to lay down. So much so that they see opportunities where others can thus far only see closures ahead. Led by Ebrahim Attarzadeh, CEO & Head of Equities, they have hired no fewer than 14 people within this calendar year. The hires have primarily come in Research, where they are looking to further develop their Small & Mid Cap franchise, with additional hires in ECM & Trading. Is Attarzadeh & MainFirst creating a gap in the market, somewhere between Berenberg & Kepler Cheuvreux? Interesting times, watch this space. #SpartanInternational