– 100% of revenues donated to dozens of charities worldwide — Top celebrities visit the trading floor in support of Charity Day –

NEW YORK and LONDON, Sept. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — BGC Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: BGCP) (“BGC Partners” or “BGC”), a leading global brokerage company servicing the financial and real estate markets, announced today that BGC, together with its affiliate Cantor Fitzgerald, raised approximately $12 million for charities around the world, at the companies’ 11th annual Charity Day on Friday, September 11, 2015. Each year, BGC and Cantor Fitzgerald donate 100% of the global revenues generated on Charity Day to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and dozens of charities around the world.

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“Since first established 11 years ago, Charity Day has symbolized the importance our company places on making a difference in the world and paying tribute in a positive way to the loved ones we lost on this anniversary of a day that is forever in our memory,” said Howard W. Lutnick, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BGC Partners. “We are honored to be able to support a multitude of worthy charities and causes around the world and I am deeply grateful for the generosity our clients, partners and employees have continued to demonstrate for our philanthropic efforts on Charity Day and throughout the year.”

Charity Day has raised approximately $125 million globally since its inception. Held in commemoration of the 658 Cantor employees and 61 Eurobrokers employees lost in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, Charity Day, in conjunction with the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, has expanded its mission to assist charitable causes worldwide.

BGC President, Shaun D. Lynn, said: “We are proud to be connected to such impactful charities around the world and inspired by our clients and employees’ continued dedication to Charity Day’s mission of helping others in need. It is because of these valued partners and our celebrity guests who come to BGC Partners trading floors and help raise funds on that day, that we can truly make a meaningful contribution and financial assistance to so many outstanding organizations globally.”

BGC Charity Day was held in BGC offices across the globe including: London, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, and other locations.

Distinguished guests representing participating charities joined licensed brokers on the trading floors to conduct transactions with clients.  In London, BGC’s affiliated charities and guest ambassadors included:  actors and musicians Emilia Clarke, Tom Hardy, Samuel L. Jackson, Mollie King, Sir Ben Kingsley, Joanna Lumley; media personalities Piers Morgan, Dermot O’Leary, Jamie Oliver, Lisa Snowdon, Phil Tufnell; sports stars Rio Ferdinand, Darren Gough, David Haye, Roy Hodgson, Harry Kane, Jason Leonard, and Kevin Pietersen.  Also attending were models Tamara Ecclestone, David Gandy, and Jodie Kidd, as well as HRH Countess of Wessex.             

At BGC’s New York offices, affiliated charities and ambassador guests included: actors and musicians Patricia Arquette, Steve Buscemi, Dominic Chianese, Edie Falco, Curtis ” 50 Cent” Jackson, Kevin Kline, John Leguizamo, AnnaLynn McCord, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Vinny Pastore, Colin Quinn, AnnaSophia Robb, Margot Robbie, Tony Sirico, John Slattery, Donnie Wahlberg; media personalities Pamela Anderson, Boomer Esiason, Kimberly Ann Guilfoyle, Greg Kelly, Jenny McCarthy, Natalie Morales, Stephanie Ruhle, Rosanna Scotto, Shepard Smith, Bob Woodruff; sports stars Prince Amukamara, Gerry Cooney, Derek Fisher, Allan Houston, Woody Johnson, Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan McDonagh, Mark Messier, CC Sabathia, Bobby Valentine, Roy White and Mookie Wilson.  Also attending were models Constance Jablonski, Damara Lewis, Bridget Moynahan, Coco Rocha, Kelly Rohrback; beauty queens Olivia Culpo, Nana Meriwether, Paulina Vega as well as Lt. Gen Earl B. Hailson (USMC Ret.), former NASA astronauts Scott Altman and Michael Massimino, Daniel Nigro, FDNY Commissioner, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Sarah, Duchess of York.

To make a donation to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, please call (212) 829-4770 or visit www.cantorrelief.org.

About BGC Partners, Inc.

BGC Partners is a leading global brokerage company servicing the financial and real estate markets.  Products include fixed income securities, interest rate swaps, foreign exchange, equities, equity derivatives, credit derivatives, commercial real estate, commodities, futures, and structured products. BGC also provides a wide range of services, including trade execution, broker-dealer services, clearing, processing, information, and other back-office services to a broad range of financial and non-financial institutions.  Through its BGC Trader and BGC Market Data brands, BGC offers financial technology solutions, market data, and analytics related to numerous financial instruments and markets.  Through the Newmark Grubb Knight Frank brand, BGC offers a wide range of commercial real estate services, including leasing and corporate advisory, investment sales and financial services, consulting, project and development management, and property and facilities management. BGC’s customers include many of the world’s largest banks, broker-dealers, investment banks, trading firms, hedge funds, governments, corporations, property owners, real estate developers, and investment firms. BGC’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol (NASDAQ: BGCP).   BGC also has an outstanding bond issuance of Senior Notes due June 15, 2042, which trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol (NYSE: BGCA).  BGC Partners is led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Howard W. Lutnick. For more information, please visit http://www.bgcpartners.com.  

BGC, BGC Trader, Newmark, Grubb & Ellis, and Grubb are trademarks and service marks of BGC Partners, Inc. and/or its affiliates.  Knight Frank is a service mark of Knight Frank (Nominees) Limited.  Trayport is a trademark or registered trademark of Trayport Limited and/or its affiliates.  FENICS and FENICS.COM are trademarks or registered trademarks of FENICS Software Inc. and/or its affiliates. 

About GFI Group Inc.

GFI is majority-owned by, and operates as a division of, BGC Partners, Inc. GFI Group Inc. is a leading intermediary in the global OTC and Listed markets offering an array of sophisticated trading technologies and products to a broad range of financial market participants.  More than 2,500 institutional clients benefit from GFI’s know-how and experience in operating electronic and hybrid markets for cash and derivative products across multiple asset classes, including fixed income, interest rates, foreign exchange, equities, energy and commodities.  GFI’s brands include Trayport, a leading provider of trading solutions for energy markets worldwide and FENICS, a market leader in FX options software.

Founded in 1987 and headquartered in New York, GFI employs over 1,900 people globally, with additional offices in London, Paris, Brussels, Nyon, Dublin, Madrid, Sugar Land (TX), Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Dubai, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney, Cape Town, Santiago, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Lima and Mexico City.

About Charity Day and the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund

Every year, BGC Partners and Cantor Fitzgerald, in conjunction with the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, commemorate our 658 Cantor and 61 Eurobrokers employees who perished on September 11, 2001 by distributing 100% of our global revenues on Charity Day to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and dozens of charities around the world. The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, initially created to assist families of Cantor employees who were lost on 9/11, has since broadened its mission to provide aid to victims of terrorism, natural disasters, emergencies, direct service charities and wounded members of the military.

Charity Day is our way of turning a tragic day into one that is positive and uplifting by helping others. We invite celebrity guests who represent participating charities into our offices to conduct trades with licensed brokers and their clients. To date, Charity Day has raised approximately $125 million for charitable causes around the world, and since its inception the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund has raised and distributed over $280 million.  For information about the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund please visit www.cantorrelief.org.

For information about charities around the world that participate in BGC’s Charity Day, please visit: http://www.bgccharityday.com/

SOURCE BGC Partners, Inc.