Following the closing of the strategic partnership transaction between Thomson Reuters and private equity funds managed by Blackstone, the Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk business will be known as Refinitiv.
Closing of the transaction is expected to occur in the second half of 2018 and until then the business will continue to be known as Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk. The firm says, “The new name was created based on feedback from customers and industry influencers on the intrinsic value of the Financial & Risk business to the industry."
In this week's In the FICC of it podcast, Colin Lambert and Galen Stops discuss the Mark Johnson trial, pointing out that if the current verdict is upheld despite the ongoing appeal against it and ACIFMA's decision to file an amicus brief in support of the appeal, it could have a very significant impact on both the Global FX Code and how the FX industry operates more broadly. They also look at why crypto regulation is unlikely to move as fast as some people in the industry would like, and why this might not be such a bad thing.
What’s in a name? It’s a question that is asked in all walks of life almost on a daily basis and the last week or so has seen it asked in financial markets as Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk Division prepares for life as Refinitiv. I must confess that on reflection I don't have that much of a problem with the name itself, but the rebranding opens the window on a period of vulnerability for the renamed business as competitors eye one of its prized assets.
Regular readers will know I am unsurprised to read reports of Blackstone pondering the sale of FXall once it completes its takeover of a majority stake in Thomson Reuters F&R, because (for once, I know, before you all message me) I predicted such a thing in this column in June.
What I find interesting in the latest production from the rumour mill is how it is only the sale of FXall – Matching and the other channels are not mentioned.
The previously announced deal for a consortium led by Blackstone to acquire 55% of the equity in Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk (F&R) business has now officially been completed.
The deal values the F&R business, which has now been rebranded as Refinitiv, at $20 billion.
Martin Brand, senior managing director at Blackstone, says: "We are pleased to close this landmark partnership transaction with Thomson Reuters. Blackstone is excited to invest in Refinitiv to pursue a business plan focused on accelerating growth through innovation, in partnership with Refinitiv's customers."
In the last month of trading as Thomson Reuters, the firm’s FX platforms delivered a rise in activity in September.
The newly-rebranded Refinitiv enters business having seen the platforms handle average daily volume (ADV) of $425 billion in September across all FX products. This represents a 5.5% increase on August and a 3.4% year-on-year increase.
The increase was thanks to increased non-spot activity, while spot ADV was $98 billion, a 4.2% increase on August, it represents a 4.8% decline from September 2017. Other volume meanwhile was $327 billion, up 5.8% on both a month-on-month and year-on-year basis.
The Thomson Reuters’ results reflect developments elsewhere, with Deutsche Boerse’s 360T still to report data, only Fastmatch FX saw a month-on-month decline.
Refinitiv, formerly the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters, has announced that its Elektron real-time data delivery using Amazon Web Services (AWS) is being expanded.
In a recent survey of 250 financial firms across the globe, Refinitiv found that over 90% of firms surveyed said that they will use public cloud for the majority of their market data needs in less than four years. Further, 24% of them said that they expect to use public cloud for the majority of their market data needs within just one year.
In a release issued today, Refinitiv says that Elektron real-time cloud delivery can simplify access to real-time price information across the financial community and beyond by taking away the need to invest in on-premises infrastructure. The firm says that it also helps clients be more nimble by helping accelerate time to market for businesses that need access to real-time data.
In this week’s podcast Galen Stops shares some feedback about a previous week’s discussion on electronification of NDFs and Colin Lambert reports from an equity-focussed market structure conference, some of the statements from which, surprised him and lead to another one of his “theories” about the relationship between FX and equities.
Our two podcasters also dive into the big announcement from the crypto world that Fidelity are stepping into this space in a big way and ask the question, who comes next?
They close out with a brief example of the challenge facing Refinitiv as it rebrands, before asking the question first put in yesterday’s And Another Thing…Was FXMarketSpace really, as Stops puts it, “the right idea at the wrong time?”
Thai energy company, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP), has implemented Refinitiv’s FXall trading platform and “Settlement Center” post-trade solution for managing its FX transactions.
Because PTTEP already uses Eikon, this maks it the first Thai corporate to adopt the end-to-end suite of services covering pre-trade, trade and post-trade phases, according to a statement. PTTEP executed its first production trades in early October.
Yongyos Krongphanich, executive vice president, finance and accounting group at PTTEP, comments: “This collaboration between PTTEP and Refinitiv is considered an important step for PTTEP in managing its foreign exchange risk management and streamline back-end processes. This will further improve company’s competitiveness and support sustainable growth in this challenging digital era.”
EBS Markets has reported average daily turnover (ADV) of $88.7 billion in spot FX products in October, a 3% increase on September and a 10% increase year-on-year. The firm, the name of which will be reverting to EBS following the completion of its takeover by CME Group, has now reported three consecutive monthly increases, following a sharp drop in July – at $88.7 billion turnover is slightly below the average for the first nine months of the year of $93.2 billion.
Refinitiv has signed an agreement with Nordic investment management firm E. Öhman J: or Fonder (Öhman) to deliver an end-to-end workflow solution for its investment management business.
The firm says the agreement will cover the entire pre- to post-trade workflow, and allows Öhman to leverage the full depth of Refinitiv desktop, trading, data, and analytical solutions. In a related move, Öhman is also partnering with the OMS/PMS platform from AlphaDesk, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider of STP software for the buy-side.