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State Street collaborates with Gemini on digital asset pilot

State Street has started a digital asset pilot with Gemini, a cryptocurrency exchange and custodian. The pilot builds on ongoing research and development to combine Gemini Custody with State Street’s back office reporting, and performs reporting scenarios on a user’s holdings within Gemini Custody. Initially, the pilot reports holdings of two cryptocurrencies chosen for liquidity…

Securities Clearing Corporation of the Philippines Selects LSEG Technology for Post Trade Processing

The Securities Clearing Corporation of the Philippines (SCCP), a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), has selected LSEG Technology’s Millennium Post Trade solution to improve its post trade processes. As part of the agreement, LSEG Technology will implement Millennium Clearing and Millennium Risk products, enhancing SCCP’s clearing, settlement, risk and collateral management capabilities…

FINRA CAT Selects AWS to Support Consolidated Audit Trail Platform

The US Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) has taken another step forward with FINRA CAT, the CAT plan processor, selecting Amazon Web Services (AWS) as cloud provider for the audit trail of order information for all US equity securities and listed options across US markets and trading venues. AWS storage, compute, database, analytics and security services…

Cboe Acquisition of EuroCCP Offers Potential for Equity Derivatives Trading

Cboe Global Markets has made a definitive agreement to acquire EuroCCP, a pan-European equities clearing house. The transaction will bring together two companies that champion competition, open access and clearing interoperability in Europe. Additionally, Cboe’s ownership of EuroCCP is expected to provide opportunity to pursue the development of equity derivatives trading and clearing capabilities in…

Refinitiv and NRI Go-live with Automated International Post-Trade Brokerage Processing

Refinitiv and Nomura Research Institute (NRI) have finally completed and taken live the software integration of NRI’s I-STAR/GX software platform into Refinitiv’s BETA wealth management brokerage processing platform, first mooted in the firms’ strategic partnership announced back in 2018. The partnership enables global diversification for Refinitiv’s retail and institutional clients, providing wealth management firms with…

Broadridge acquires Shadow Financial Systems

Broadridge Financial Solutions has acquired Shadow Financial Systems, a provider of multi-asset class post-trade solutions for the capital markets industry. The acquisition builds on Broadridge’s post-trade processing capabilities by adding a market-ready solution for exchanges, inter-dealer brokers and proprietary trading firms. The acquisition also adds capabilities across exchange traded derivatives and cryptocurrency.

HKEX Pulls Out of Bid for LSE

Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing (HKEX) has dropped its $37 billion bid for the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) because it has been unable to engage with LSEG management to realise the deal. While the frustration of HKEX is palpable in its withdrawal statement, there will no doubt be sighs of relief at LSEG as…

New and Established Firms Take Opposing Views on ESMA Market Data Consultation

Newer financial markets firms and FinTech companies have come out strongly in favour of regulatory action on market data within the EU. In contrast, some more established players are taking the view that little or no action is needed, and any issues are the fault of the regulator in the first place. These, and other…

London Stock Exchange Rejects $37 Billion Acquisition Bid from Hong Kong Exchange

The London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) has rejected the $37 billion conditional acquisition proposal made by Hong King Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) to acquire the entire share capital of the London exchange last week saying it has ‘fundamental concerns about the key aspects of the conditional proposal’. These include the strategy, deliverability, form of consideration…

Responses Split on ESMA Consultation Paper on a Consolidated Tape and Market Data

Responses to the European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA’s) July consultation paper on the establishment of a consolidated tape (CT) for equity instruments are starting to surface, and the views they express diverge greatly. While some industry participants are very much in favour of a CT, others are strongly against the idea. The road to…