July 01 2016

elb2In the parish, the ICDA CyberRisk conference in London, July 20th is an interesting upcoming event, secure a place at GBP 295 with the Exchange Invest code YOUNG295.

Meanwhile, you can now access my Brexit files in Premium through this contents directory: Brexit – Main File.

The Exchange Invest team wishes all our American readers a very happy Independence Day Monday.

Public Markets

Majority of LSE Investors Likely to Approve DB1 Merger (subscription)

Eyk Henning – Wall Street Journal

M&A Veteran: LSE & DB1 Deal Now In Doubt

Michael Bow- Evening Standard

DB1 Director Says ‘Creative’ Answer Needed for LSE

Angela Cullen & Nicholas Comfort – Bloomberg

Shareholders controlling well over 75% of LSE shares are said to be in favor of deal.

…“They will need to be creative when it comes to the issue of the location of the holding company,” said Carola von Schmettow, Chairman of the Exchange Council of Eurex (and Germany head of HSBC Holdings), which is advising DB1 on the LSE takeover. “It would be worse to put the whole merger on ice.”

PLY: The most intelligently creative approach would be to ignore the Sisyphean approach currently being proposed.

QV Premium: DB1-LSE Merger Brief.


Completion of Divestiture Of ISE


Nasdaq Completes Acquisition of ISE


Nasdaq entered into an agreement to acquire International Securities Exchange (ISE) on March 9, 2016.

QV Premium: Exchange Deals Brief – M&As.

PLY: I know many analysts are neutral to negative on this acquisition but I think the ISE acquisition can add value to NASDAQ. Also this is a fitting moment to pay tribute to Gary Katz, who intends to stand down. I wish Gary every happiness in the future. It has always been a pleasure to interact with him on every occasion and I thank him for proving me wrong with the original installation of OM technology proving so scalable at the original launch of ISE. The peerless ISE team all deserve plaudits for their excellent execution in line with the original ISE vision of Gary and David Krell.


Brexit Makes London-Based Exchange Eye Eurozone (subscription)

Tim Cave & Nick Kostov – Wall Street Journal

Bats Europe is ‘highly likely’ to establish a eurozone entity as a result of the Brexit vote.


NYSE Explores Next Move to Compete With Speed Bumps (subscription)

Dave Michaels – Wall Street Journal

Thomas Farley again denounces IEX strategy, but IEX says incumbent exchanges pioneered practices.


NYSE President: The U.S., NYSE are Safe Havens From Global Uncertainty

Matthew Wisner – FOX Business

NYSE President Tom Farley weighed in on the market impact of Brexit and the impact of volatility on the IPO market and investors.


European Cities Battle for London’s Finance Crown After Brexit Vote (subscription)

Max Colchester, Sam Schechner & William Wilkes – Wall Street Journal

Paris, Frankfurt and Dublin are looking to lure financial firms away from the British capital.

PLY: A big hype zone this week. My understanding from a quick wander around various London dealing rooms this week has suggested that it’s always somebody just over the other side of the room who is moving to Paris/Amsterdam/Dublin/Frankfurt/wherever but never the person you are speaking to.


Bats Successfully Completes Debt Refinancing Transaction


Bats refinanced the outstanding $656 million of term loans and $100 million revolving credit facility with $650 million of new seven-year term loans and a new $100 million three-year revolving credit facility.


Hellenic Exchanges Athens SE To Pay Cash Return Of EUR 0.22 Per Share


Cash return of 0.22 euros ($0.2431) per share involves decreasing the nominal value of shares.

Private Markets

Ex-Nasdaq Traders Bid To Launch New Stock Exchange In Scotland By 2017

Helen McArdle – Herald Scotland

Scotex will be based in Edinburgh but trading will be done via an electronic exchange. The venture is understood to be the brainchild of a team of former Nasdaq traders and it will be set up in collaboration with Scots investors.

PLY: Not clear who is behind this but I wish it every success.


Exit Pangs For Old BSE Brokers As IPO Draws Near

Jayshree P. Upadhyay, Ankit Doshi & Ami Shah – Livemint

BSE cleared the final hurdle for going public after securing shareholders’ approval for an IPO via an offer for sale (OFS).

BSE’s oldest shareholders are reluctant to pare their holding and participate in the offer for sale.


Saudi Arabia Raises Commissions On Stock Exchange Trades


Saudi Arabia’s CMA Amends Trading Commission For Listed Share


Special Section: FTI, NSEL, India at the Crossroads

PLY: MCX flat, FTIL up 2%.


NSE Launches Concession Scheme In Transaction Fee Currency F&O

Business Standard


Euronext Launches Options On The PSI 20 Index



Nifty 50 Futures To Be Listed On Taiwan Futures Exchange



FTSE Russell Develops New Index Series With Namibian SE



KRX Launches EURO STOXX 50 Futures

Mike Fox – LeapRate

Career Paths

Finance Magnates reports that Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE) appointed Wang Fenghai as the exchange’s new CEO, and named Xu Qiang as EVP. Mr. Fenghai – who previously served as vice general manager at DCE – was appointed by the party committee of the CSRC to his new role and replaces Feng Bo.

Jamaica Observer reports that MD of Barita Investments, Ian McNaughton, was named Chairman of Jamaica SE (JSE), while CEO of Mayberry Investments, Gary Peart, was elected as his Deputy.

FOW reports that China Europe International Exchange (CEINEX) (jv by DB1 & Shanghai SE) hired this year 20 staff in Frankfurt in preparation for the launch of the offshore renminbi market’s first derivatives product later this year.

GBST, provider of software for administration and transaction processing, appointed of David Simpson to the position of head of EMEA.  

Financial Calendar

New! – 27.07 – Nasdaq Q2 2016 Results – press release

New! – 27.07 – SGX Full-Year Results For Financial Year 2016 (FY2016) – press release

New! – 28.07 – BGC Partners Q2 2016 Results

All forthcoming exchange / investment related events are now listed in our Events page.

Share Notes

ICE CEO, Jeffrey C Sprecher, sold 24,606 shares of ICE on June 29 2016, at $251.95 (bargain $6.2 million).

Other stories

ESMA Identifies Scope For Greater EU Harmonisation In Prospectuses Approval



Politico Interview With ESMA Chair Steven Maijoor



Janus Takes Stake in Ex-Pimco Manager Bhansali’s Volatility Firm

John Gittelsohn – Bloomberg

Janus Capital Group Inc. has taken a minority stake in LongTail Alpha (founded by ex-Pimco Vineer Bhansali), a firm that focuses on investing in volatile market moves. Terms weren’t disclosed.

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