Three Senior EBS Managers to Step Down

Three senior executives at EBS are to leave the company as part of the previously announced plan to streamline the combined CME/EBS business following the exchange group’s takeover of certain assets of NEX Group last year. Informed sources confirm that Jim Iorio, global head of FX sales at EBS will leave the firm in the […]
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Exclusive: 360T Looks to Drag FX Swaps Trading into the 21st Century

As 360T prepares to go live with a new electronic marketplace for banks trading FX swaps, Galen Stops takes a look at the details behind the launch. “There’s been zero innovation in the FX swaps space for 20 years,” Simon Jones, chief growth officer at 360T, tells Profit & Loss. “So we decided last year […]
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Who Are the Potential Buyers of Refinitiv?

n October 2016 Profit & Loss published an article: “Who Are the Potential Buyers of NEX?” This time around, Galen Stops applies the same type of analytical treatment to Refinitiv.In October 2018 a consortium, led by the private equity firm Blackstone, concluded a deal to acquire 55% of the equity in Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk (F&R) business, now rebranded as Refinitiv. No one in the market is under the illusion that Blackstone intends to maintain its ownership of Refinitiv, least of all the staff that work there.
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ParFX: More of the Same

I n 2010 the FX Pure initiative was launched, which recognised that there were participants in the market that were getting a systematic advantage by using platforms that allowed them to get an advantage just by being fast. In addition, there were a number of other factors that formed an important part of the project; trading and pricing transparency and creating a trading platform with fairness and equality at its core. In 2013, the FX Pure initiative resulted in the launch of ParFX and now, almost 10 years on from the original inception of the idea, Roger Rutherford, the COO of ParFX, insists that the model and its underlying principles are as relevant today as it’s ever been.
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Exchanges in FX: A Game of Musical Chairs

In recent years, large exchange groups have been lining up to buy OTC FX platforms. But in this game of musical chairs, what happens to the venues without a buyer when the music stops? Galen Stops reports.One of the major trends in the multi-dealer platform space in recent years has been the acquisition of these platforms by larger exchange groups. Hotspot was the first to go after it was bought by BATS Global Markets in 2015, which in turn was then acquired by Cboe Global Markets in 2017 and the FX platform was rebranded as CboeFX.
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Currenex and FX Connect: An Aggressive Roadmap

2018 “began with a bang” for Currenex and FX Connect due to the implementation of MiFID II, according to David Newns, global head of Global Link Execution Services at State Street, which owns both platforms. He adds that a “not inconsiderable amount of blood, sweat and tears” went into ensuring that the two Multilateral Trading Facilities (MTFs) that it was required to launch were up and running ahead of the January 3 deadline, an experience that was shared by many market participants in Europe last year.
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Bloomberg: Handling a Sea of Change

“The biggest driver for the industry last year was regulation. It created a sea of change in the way that markets actually behave,” says Tod Van Name, global head of FX electronic trading at Bloomberg. MiFID II was obviously the major piece of regulation driving this change in 2018, but although this regulation only applied to firms operating in Europe, Van Name says it caused a much broader push globally to raise market transparency, track trade details, and justify all of the decisions made around trade execution. While it represented a big lift for many multi-dealer platforms, this was especially acute for a firm like Bloomberg, which offers such a wide array of securities and instruments that trade across many asset classes and to a diverse range of client types.
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Data Remains the Key Battleground for FX Platforms

Platform providers are becoming more conscious about the value of data, both for their businesses and their clients. Galen Stops takes a look at what this means for the FX industry.I f there is one consistent trend that emerges talking to all of the major OTC FX trading venues in 2019, it is that they’re all keen to emphasise the importance of data, both with regards to how they operate their businesses and how their clients operate theirs. On the one hand, FX trading venues are increasingly looking for ways to package and sell their market data, creating new revenue streams for the business. On the other, seemingly all of them are investing in developing trade analytics tools that will enable users of these platforms to derive greater insights from their trading activity and more effectively evaluate the liquidity and pricing available there.
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360T: Executing On Its FX Strategy

2018 saw 360T – part of Deutsche Börse Group since 2015 – make a number of changes to its business, both internally and externally. Internally, there was a significant turnover within the group’s senior management. Alfred Schorno left after 15 years at 360T, with Sebastian Hofmann-Werther replacing him as head of EMEA at the firm; Christian Schuhegger left his role as head of technology and was replaced by Jens Kramer, and Matthew Kuppe changed from having a regional role covering APAC to a product-focused role based in Sydney, with Andrew Jones named as managing director for APAC in his stead. In addition, Jens Quiram (Eurex) was added to the group’s executive board and Vincent Sangiovanni joined as part of the GTX acquisition that was announced in May 2018 and retains responsibility for running that platform. “
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LMAX Exchange: Master of Its Own Destiny

“2018 was a transitional year for foreign exchange,” reflects David Mercer, CEO of LMAX Exchange Group. The first thing he points to in order to back up this claim is the impact of new regulations, which changed the way that LMAX Exchange did business in a number of areas. For example, because of Mifid II, it had to separate its brokerage and its Multilateral Trading Facility (MTF) businesses, LMAX Global and LMAX Exchange, respectively. This process largely consisted of vast piles of paperwork as the firm was forced to re-paper clients. In addition, Mercer says that in 2018 there was a reconfigurement of the FX market structure, driven in large part by the FX Global Code and the entrance of larger exchange groups into the OTC market via platform acquisitions.
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