July 21 2016

elb2It was a pleasure to attend the 25th anniversary of the Malta Stock Exchange last evening. On a splendidly balmy evening the Prime Minister and Finance Minister were guests of honour amongst a myriad of financiers celebrating. My thanks to Chairman Joe Portelli for his invitation, it was great to see many faces from Malta SE old and new.

Public Markets

DB1 Still Short Of Support For LSE Deal (subscription)

Financial Times

DB1 Secures 55% Shareholder Backing for LSE Deal

Will Hadfield & John Detrixhe – Bloomberg

…up from the 53% support the deal had at its last update, the company said in a statement on its website.

PLY: Oh dear, this is all looking a bit sad. The difficulty is that DB1, despite a small legion of investment bankers now being brought into the centralised model of the CEO, just looks plainly ill-suited to M&A. Dragging its own shareholders across the line is inevitable given the extent of intervention to ensure the rules fit what they can achieve but even then a simple binary question has highlighted the sheer inefficacy of the DB1, er, organisation. There are 202 days on our countdown to the point where the antitrust zone is likely to induce reality into the dreams of DB1.

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Latest Charles Li Direct: Brexit & HKEX’s Commodities Strategy For China


CEO Li: HKEX To Put Planned LME-HK Clearing Link On Hold Due To Brexit

Michelle Price & Eric Onstad – Reuters

Other initiatives by the LME, however, should not be affected by the Brexit vote, Charles Li said in his personal blog published on Wednesday.


HKEX Announces Securities for First Phase of its Closing Auction



BVB & Sibex Select Consultant For Possible Merger

Business Review

Bucharest SE (BVB) and Sibex appointed Deloitte Consultanta SRL as consultant that would evaluate the companies involved in the possible merger between BVB and Sibex.

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Antitrust: EC Accepts Commitments By ISDA & Markit On CDS


The European Commission has adopted a decision that renders legally binding commitments to licence inputs for credit default swaps, offered separately by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc. (ISDA) and information service provider Markit.


Shanghai SE Revises Business Rules Of Shanghai-HK Stock Connect Upon The Stock Exchange Of HK Adding Closing Auction’s Time Interval


Special Section: FTI, NSEL, India at the Crossroads

PLY: MCX off 1%, FTIL up 1%, crackdown on Jignesh Shah and his companies seems to be continuing in full swing:

Bombay High Court Denies Interim Relief To FTIL On Asset Seizure

Jayshree P. Upadhyay – Livemint

The court declined to the company grant interim relief from the attachment of assets (reported yesterday). The matter is likely to be heard on 25 July.

‘Treat NSEL, FTIL As A Single Entity’

Ashish Rukhaiyar – The Hindu

NSEL and FTIL must be considered as a single business entity and FTIL’s objections to the merger are “orchestrated,” the Centre told the Mumbai High Court, as the government attempts to push through a merger of both the entities.

PLY: Still I cannot agree with the defenestration of the corporate code – there must be a settlement and if it involves seizing FTL assets, so be it.

Government: Merger With NSEL Will Not Burden FTIL

The Economic Times

The government has stated that its final order to merge scam-hit NSEL with its parent FTIL, does not presuppose any liability on the latter for defaults on the spot exchange that went belly up in July 2013.

PLY: I suspect the FTIL staff will see more of a presupposition in this…

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NCDEX Introduces E-Tagging Technology

Business Standard

RFID ensures that commodities stored in warehouses are tracked through radio signals.


Chinese Mining Giant Bitmain Acquihires Bitcoin Wallet Blocktrail

Avi Mizrahi – Finance Magnates

Bitmain will merge Blocktrail’s platform into BTC.com, China’s leading bitcoin block explorer service.


UK House of Commons Economic Affairs Committee Distributed Ledger Technologies



Blockchain Unlikely To Solve Settlement Issues, Says Expert

Paul Walsh – The Trade

Career Paths

ICAP announced that Gil Mandelzis, CEO of EBS BrokerTec, has decided to step down from his position and will be leaving the company in due course.


FOW reports that Eris Exchange has hired former prop trader and Bloomberg Tradebook salesman, Mark Dziura, to lead its expansion plans for the prop community.


SEC announced that Kurt L. Gottschall has been named the Associate Regional Director for enforcement in the Denver office.


Bitcoin Evangelist Charlie Shrem Released from Prison


Bitcoin advocate and entrepreneur Charlie Shrem, the founder of bitcoin exchange BitInstant who was arrested in arrested and convicted in 2014 and held in a high-security federal prison camp since March 2015 has now been released from imprisonment.


Borsa İstanbul: Employment Contracts Of 34 Persons Terminated By July 15, 2016 – Contracts Of A Further 51 Persons Terminated As Of July 18, 2016


PLY: The Gulenist purges in the BIST management which began a few years back accelerate as a result of the military coup attempt last week. The parish problem is that once entities favour politics over productivity, it sends a message to the market. The Istanbul exchange is far from the only bourse under the suzerainty of an ‘activist’ government of course but that doesn’t reduce the likely operational impact of such wholesale changes.

Financial Calendar

21.07 – Adjourned WSE Ordinary General Meeting to resume proceedings

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


City Regulator Warns On P2P Lending (subscription)

Financial Times

Other stories

ESMA Issues Public Statement On IFRS 15



ASIC Consults On Proposed Guidance On Risk Management



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