About HC Tech

Our Philosophy

At HC Technologies, we believe in disciplined, innovative trading. We recognize the edge technology can give us over other players, but we also understand that the keen intuition of our people and disciplined risk management are just as important.

We often reach outside our organization to cultivate relationships with banks, trading firms and other organizations so that everyone can benefit from each other’s expertise.

Our decades of experience in prop trading and private investment, along with the broad network we’ve formed over the years, position us to pursue new, attractive opportunities as they arise.

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Top tech. Top people.

We are passionate people who believe firmly in a diverse, balanced strategy. Our goal—individually and as a company—is to bring a more nimble, dynamic method to the world of trading.

Joseph Niciforo

Joseph Niciforo

Managing Partner

Joseph Niciforo is the managing partner at HC Technologies. He directs all investments, management and strategic initiatives of the firm. Niciforo began his career at Tudor Investment Corporation where he was named an original class partner and later Managing Director of US Fixed Income. He also served as a Board Member for the CBOT and later the CME Group through 2014. He has served on boards for Fordham University, The Greenwood School and Misericordia. Niciforo graduated from Georgetown University and Fordham School of Law.

Sean Gilman


Sean Gilman is a partner and CTO at HC Tech. He oversees trading technology strategy and technical operations. Prior to HC Tech, he was CTO of the FX trading venue Currenex and was instrumental in the platform’s growth and eventual sale to State Street Bank in 2007. Gilman has also founded and subsequently sold multiple startups, including one to Reuters in 1993. Gilman has a degree in computational mathematics from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Cary Rosenwald


Cary Rosenwald is a partner and runs the FX trading division at HC Tech. Prior to HC Tech, Rosenwald was head of strategy at Currenex, where he helped create one of the world’s leading currency exchanges. He has over 20 years of industry experience in financial markets, with extensive experience in technology and the FX industry. He holds a bachelor’s in computer science from Pennsylvania State University.

Jessica Sohl


Jessica Sohl is a partner and president of HC Tech and oversees the firm's global operations. Previously, Sohl worked as regulatory counsel for Jump Trading and as assistant general counsel for the Illinois Comptroller. She holds a juris doctor from Loyola University School of Law, and a bachelor’s in politics, philosophy and economics from Gordon College. She is involved with the Chicago Foundation for Women and Brave Initiatives.

Charles Carey


Charles P. Carey is a partner at HC Tech. Previously, he served as vice chairman of CME Group and as chairman of CBOT. While at CBOT, he spearheaded the organization’s transformation into a for-profit, NYSE-listed public company. Carey sits on a range of professional and philanthropic boards, including the CME Group board of directors, and has been honored by a variety of organizations for his professional and civic achievements. He holds a bachelor’s in finance from Western Illinois University.

Interested in learning more about working with HC Tech? We’re always on the lookout for passionate people who share our vision.

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Our Culture.

We believe people work better when they work together. At HC Tech we believe our traders—and partners—deserve open and honest communication at all times. And while we work hard, we also like to have fun.

Giving back

From volunteer days to charitable programs to our partnership with Brave Initiatives, we do our best to give back to our communities.