About Autonomous Research

Autonomous Research is a leading independent research provider on the financial sector. Founded in 2009, the firm has distinguished itself with in-depth, unbiased investment research on global banks, brokers, asset managers, insurance, information services, payment-technology, mortgage finance and consumer finance companies.  The firm has more than 35 highly experienced analysts, seeking to marry the big picture macro and thematic trends with bottom up investment selection. The firms offers in depth research and analysis, consistently leading the debate on key themes for stocks and markets. We are unique in offering integrated research, with no silos between equity and credit. Autonomous NEXT, the London-based Fintech practice within the firm, explores the impact of technology on the future of finance. 

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Lex Sokolin

Global Director Fintech Strategy, Partner

Lex is a futurist and entrepreneur focused on the next generation of financial services. He directs Fintech Strategy at Autonomous Research, a leading research firm for the financial sector, helping clients understand and leverage innovation.

Lex is on the Board of Directors and previously was the Chief Operating Officer at AdvisorEngine (formerly Vanare), a digital wealth management technology platform that received a $25mm investment from Wisdom Tree. He was also founder and CEO of NestEgg Wealth, a roboadvisor that pioneered online wealth management in partnership with financial advisors, acquired by AdvisorEngine.  

Lex is a contributor of thought leadership to the WSJ, CNBC, Reuters, Investopedia, American Banker, ThinkAdvisor, and Investment News, among others. He has spoken on the future of technology and achieving extraordinary growth at conferences for Techonomy, General Assembly, In|Vest, T3 Enterprise Edition, and the FPA.

Prior to NestEgg, Lex held a variety of roles in investment management and banking at Barclays, Lehman Brothers and Deutsche Bank. He holds a JD/MBA from Columbia University and a B.A. in Economics and Law from Amherst College.

Firm History

2009: Founded in London as an independent research firm, specializing in European banks and insurers.

2012: Opened New York office and launched coverage on US financials.

2015: Opened Hong Kong office and launched coverage on Chinese financials and China macro.

2017: Launched Autonomous NEXT, a Fintech and innovation process, headquartered in the UK and available to global investors and financial firms 


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