About Us 2022-04-06T14:42:59-04:00

About Us

Castine has a 30+ year history of developing high impact products for the commission management and compliance industries.

Over that period Castine, formerly known as Cogent, has worked with over 2,000 firms in 64 countries around the world. Castine’s cloud-based and in-house hosted systems include a suite of compliance products used for due diligence and compliance team operational management and a separate commission management and MiFID II products for CSA, RPA, and P&L management of research acquisition and payment.

Castine operates offices in New Jersey, London, and Buenos Aires and can be reached at sales@CastineLLC.com or at +1 347-4-CASTINE.

Management

Robin Hodgkins, President

Robin founded his first software company in 1978 and has been active in the software and M&A space ever since. He has developed, acquired, and sold multiple companies over that period – all in the financial sector. Every one of his primary products and services has grown to be the #1 or #2 in their respective spaces. His largest acquisition was of the Price Waterhouse accounting software division in the 1990’s, which he and his team grew to over 2,000 major system installations in 64 countries. That product line was eventually sold to a public company. His most recent M&A activity was the sale of industry-leading commission management (“soft dollar”) products used by many of the largest asset managers and hedge funds worldwide to BNY ConvergEx (now ConvergEx Group) in 2009. Robin brings over 30 years of strategic planning, product development, sales, marketing, and support experience to each product developed or acquired by the firm.

Tom Smith, Executive Vice President of Sales

Tom is a highly regarded Wall Street sales and marketing professional. Prior to joining Castine, he was Director of Sales at Cogent Consulting, helping to develop it into the largest provider of commission management systems worldwide. Tom was instrumental in creating a value proposition around the sale of Cogent and participated in the negotiations with BNY ConvergEx and throughout the transition period. Tom’s previous experience includes senior sales and marketing positions with firms selling software, hardware and technology consulting services to the financial markets. Past clients range from insurance companies and brokerage/investment banking firms to institutional investors. Tom graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Providence College.

News

April 6, 2022 – Record Growth in Q1/2022 for Castine’s C3 Platform for Brokers. Click for more information.

March 10, 2022 – Castine announces expansion to its outsourced trading module. Click for more information.

February 23, 2022 – Castine announces ESG addition to its Wheelhouse Compliance Suite. Click for more information.

December 6, 2021 – Castine’s Robin Hodgkins to speak on Buy-Side Productivity Tools at Integrity Webinar.  Click for more information.

August 10, 2021 – Castine announces Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. as new client for its Commissioner compensation system. Click for more information.

July 8, 2021 – Castine’s Telescope Due Diligence platform exceeds 3,500 Responders. Click for more information.

June 6, 2021 – Castine announces its Virtual Commission Management platform. Click for more information.

April 29, 2021 – FCA comments on changes to UK MiFID unbundling, from Latham & Watkins. Click for more information.

February 18, 2021 – Castine interviewed in Expert Investor Europe about MiFID II. Click for more information.

October 8, 2019 – Executive Dashboard added to Castine’s Asset Manager and Broker platforms. Click for more information.

May 29, 2019 – Castine awarded three major contracts. Click for more information.

May 10, 2019 – Castine releases KYC Solution to help firms address requirements under FINRA’s amended Rule 3310. Click for more information.

May 7, 2019 – Castine releases research pricing application for sell-side. Click for more information.

April 18, 2019 – Castine adds new hires, expands offices. Click for more information.

February 6, 2019 – Castine’s Compliance Telescope Exceeds 2,000 Firms. Click for more information.

December 2, 2018 – Castine Partners with Multiple Broker Dealers on Execution Rate Card Manager. Click for more information.

October 10, 2018 – Castine integrates reporting kiosk into its buy-side suite. Click for more information.

June 24, 2018 – Castine announces integrated “C3” suite for broker dealers. Click for more information.