Benjamin B. Cohen is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of T-REX. He is also Chairman of the company’s board of directors. With 13 years of experience across global financial markets, Benjamin is responsible for T-REX’s corporate direction and vision. Under his leadership, T-REX’s next generation financial technology and services are facilitating unprecedented new investment in complex esoteric markets.
Prior to founding T-REX, Benjamin led an international team in the Energy Markets Division at Macquarie Bank. In 2008, he spearheaded an initiative to develop a new market for asphalt derivatives. The implementation of the new market succeeded in bringing previously unattainable financial stability to the infrastructure sector, with greater transparency leading to billions of dollars in cost savings and risk reduction for construction companies, municipalities, and taxpayers.
Amidst the 2008 financial crisis, Benjamin saw tremendous opportunity in building financial infrastructure for traditionally riskier esoteric markets. Fixed income professionals had historically lacked the tools necessary to adequately assess risks in complex markets, hampering large-scale investments in high-value sectors. Leveraging a deep background in structured finance and esoterics, Benjamin founded T-REX in 2012 to drive financial sustainability and liquidity across these key markets. Today, T-REX is accelerating the growth of renewable energy and other esoteric markets by equipping financial professionals with innovative analytic, collaboration, and data tools designed for the nuances of these asset classes. Utilized in transactions across major investment banks, rating agencies, accounting firms, institutional investors, and issuers, T-REX improves transparency and efficiency at every stage of the investment lifecycle and has been used to facilitate nearly $5 billion in issuance since 2016.
A structured finance expert, Benjamin provides market commentary for a variety of media outlets, with insights appearing in such publications as Bloomberg, Fortune, Institutional Investor Journal, Structured Credit Investor, and GlobalCapital. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Structured Finance Industry Group’s Esoteric Committee and speaks on finance, technology, and renewables at major industry forums.
Benjamin holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and is committed to building a company with a broad impact on long-term financial sustainability.