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A-Team Group Introduces 2021 Innovation Awards

Here at A-Team Group we have been working hard on plans to celebrate innovative projects and teams with the launch of our A-Team Innovation Awards. The awards are designed to reward teams that have found innovative ways to make use of new and emerging technologies to solve challenges at financial institutions in capital markets. The…

Luminex Teams with LeveL for ATS Matching Engine Upgrade

Buy-side block trading platform operator Luminex Trading & Analytics has launched a new, faster matching engine using technology provided by erstwhile competitive platform LeveL ATS. The new platform represents what Luminex calls a “dramatic speed upgrade” to the matching engine behind its dark pool, which is available only to buy-side institutions. Luminex launched in 2015…

Time for Exchanges to Overcome Longstanding Barriers to Fair Pricing

By Sylvain Thieullent, CEO of Horizon Software. From Euronext beating off stiff competition for the Milan stock exchange, to Cboe agreeing to purchase block trading venue BIDs, October was quite the month for exchange deal making. But given how so many post-2008 regulations aimed to increase exchange competition as opposed to reducing it, this recent…

ION to Spin Off Broadway’s Bond Platform in CMA Deal

ION Investment Group will spin off the fixed-income operations of acquisition target Broadway Technology to an investor group led by Broadway CEO Tyler Moeller, under a deal forged with the UK Competition & Markets Authority. The arrangement paves the way for regulatory approval of the transaction. The CMA deal leaves ION to focus on Broadway…

Archax’s FCA Approval Paves Way for Institutional Trading of Digital Assets

London-based Archax last week received long-awaited regulatory approval for its digital securities exchange for tokenised assets. The development makes Archax the first FCA-regulated digital exchange, paving the way for institutional market participants to trade in tokenised assets when the exchange launches sometime in 2021. Archax was founded by a group of market practitioners to offer…

LDX Taps Exberry Matching Platform for Expansion Plans

The London Derivatives Exchange has selected newcomer Exberry to provide it with matching engine technology for its expansion into new asset classes and global markets. The deal is Exberry’s first; the company launched its multi-asset class platform in June. LDX plans to use Exberry’s platform to widen the range of asset classes it lists, from…

Equiduct Commits to Exactpro in Long-Term Software Testing Deal

Pan-European trading platform Equiduct has extended its master services agreement with Exactpro following a successful proof of concept (POC). Under the arrangement, Exactpro will provide functional testing of Equiduct’s trading software, including its Apex best execution solution for retail brokers. Established as one of the first multilateral trading facilities (MTFs) under the original MiFID regulation,…

Primus Deploys Vela’s Metro to Take Advantage of Options Market Volatility

Chicago-based options trading firm Primus Capital has deployed Vela’s Metro trading platform to take advantage of the recent high volatility and trading volumes in the listed options marketplace. Primus was able to deploy the Metro platform on a remote basis and within 48 hours, offering traders working from home robust direct market access and the…

Could EU Probe of LSE’s Refinitiv Acquisition Force Spin-Off of TradeWeb?

The European Commission’s investigation into the London Stock Exchange’s proposed $27 billion acquisition of Refinitiv under the EU Merger Regulation – announced this week – will examine potential competitive issues stemming from the parties’ respective ownership of market-leading European government bond trading platforms MTS and TradeWeb, respectively. The commission says it has ‘horizonal concerns’ about…