The noose tightens on DB1-LSE while some market manipulation discussion makes for somewhat perturbing reading if proven true.
In 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.
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Madeleine Nissen & Eyk Henning – Wall Street Journal
Felix Hufeld, president of BaFin: “It is hard to imagine” that the most important exchange operator in the euro zone would be steered from a headquarters outside the EU.
PLY: The anti-deal stuff is piling up against DB1-LSE. NB Anybody expressing surprise at this ‘news’ is clearly not reading Exchange Invest.
Chris Hughes – Bloomberg
The market thinks Brexit has killed the planned merger of the LSE and DB1. The companies may need to do something clever to prove investors wrong.
PLY: The problem is the DB1 and LSE management are just too clever, at least in their own hubristic bubbles.
QV Premium: DB1-LSE Merger Brief.
SGX has agreed with the Baltic Exchange to extend the period of exclusive discussions regarding a cash offer for 100% of the share capital of the Baltic Exchange from 30 June 2016 to 31 August 2016.
Kiel Porter & Alex Sherman – Bloomberg
Informa has held talks about providing capital to bidders for Thomson Reuters’ Intellectual Property & Science division, said people familiar with the matter.
The company has spoken with some of the remaining bidders, which include buyout firms Bain Capital, BC Partners and Carlyle Group, about investing alongside the eventual winner. The talks are preliminary and Informa is not yet formally part of any bid.
Thomson Reuters, which is working with JP Morgan Chase and Guggenheim Securities on the sale process, expects the unit to fetch about $3 billion. The company said in November it would sell the division, which employs more than 3000 people globally, because it is no longer core to the company. Final bids are expected this month.
The FIA, FIA Principal Traders Group (FIA PTG), ISDA, Managed Funds Association (MFA), and SIFMA’s Asset Management Group (SIFMA AMG) sent a joint letter to the CFTC in response to the reopened comment period on its proposed rule on regulation automated trading (Reg AT).
Matthew Leising – Bloomberg
A top executive at 3Red Trading reassured his co-founder about the future of the firm, even as federal regulators and two exchanges were investigating them for alleged market manipulation.
“Just finished up with the head honchos,” Edwin Johnson wrote about a meeting with ICE executives. “We will do a very basic phone interview next week. Then it will all go away,” he texted his partner in the spring of 2013. “I was given their word last night.”
Likewise, he texted, top brass at CME “are 100% behind us.”
The government introduced the messages in court, arguing that exchanges have failed to adequately police trading by Oystacher, one of their biggest customers. Those assertions emerged in a case brought by the CFTC, which is asking the court to immediately halt all trading by Igor Oystacher, 3Red’s co-founder and head trader, until the case accusing him of a type of manipulation called spoofing is decided next year.
PLY: Quite feasibly out of context but clearly the excerpt does not read well…then again to get into the media, do such excerpts ever read well?
Eric Onstad – Reuters
Electronic trade on LME has climbed by nearly a fifth this year as the LME lures more speculators, sparking a battle with members who worry about threats to the traditional structure symbolized by the open outcry floor.
Joe Parsons – The Trade
The scheme will provide “registered customers”, including buy-side firms, a waiver from booking and maintenance fees until 30 September.
Tim Cave – Financial News
Turnover on Shanghai bourse has plunged 86% in past 12 months.
The new leader is Shenzhen’s SME Board, a 12-year-old market for mostly non-state companies that first climbed to No. 1 on May 17. It has since jockeyed for position with the Shanghai, with both bourses handling about 180 billion yuan ($27.1 billion) of trades on average over the past five days.
Turkmenistan is planning to create Ashgabat SE closed joint-stock company to implement the state program on the development of the securities market, the Turkmen government reported.
KRX has voiced readiness to offer Iranian securities, specifically Sukuk, Chairman of Iran’s Securities and Exchange Organization (SEO) Mohammad Fatanat announced in a press conference.
Avi Mizrahi – Finance Magnates
The acquisition is expected to help Kraken cement its hold on the European market and raise EUR pairs volumes.
China may soon have a set of laws offering legal status to Bitcoin and other digital currencies in the country.
Special Section: FTI, NSEL, India at the Crossroads
PLY: MCX flat, FTIL up 1%.
BSE has decided to launch a new debt platform to provide ease in reporting and settlement of corporate bonds, government securities, commercial paper and certificate of deposit.
SEC announced that C. Dabney O’Riordan has been named co-chief of the Division of Enforcement’s Asset Management Unit, a national specialized unit that focuses on misconduct by investment advisers, investment companies, and private funds. She joins Anthony Kelly as co-chief of the unit and succeeds Marshall Sprung, who left the agency in April.
OCC, the world’s largest equity DCO and a leading provider of options education content through The Options Industry Council (OIC), announced that Geralyn Endo, VP at BAML; Gary Franklin, VP & Manager, Options Trading & Strategies at Raymond James; Frank A. Magnani, Global Prime Brokerage Institutional Sales at Interactive Brokers and Barry Metzger, SVP, Trading Services, Charles Schwab & CEO, optionsXpress, have joined the Options Industry Council (OIC) Roundtable.
The OIC Roundtable is the independent governing body of the OIC, and is comprised of representatives from the options exchanges, member brokerage firms, and OCC.
LeapRate reports that Plus500 added seasoned compliance executive Penny Judd as a NED. Judd is currently EMEA Head of Compliance in the London office of Nomura, although she plans to step down from that position to take non-executive board positions.
CFTC said Alvin Wilkinson fraudulently accepted at least $6.9 million from 30 people for trading from 1999 until now. Wilkinson served as a director of CBOE from around 2001 to 2004.
The CFTC is seeking restitution for investors, a fine and permanent registration and trading bans on Wilkinson.
30.06 – ICE Q2 $0.85 dividend payment
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Michael Erman & Heather Somerville – Reuters
Peter Rudegeair – Wall Street Journal
LendingClub unveiled new responses to a slump in its business Tuesday, restricting investors from exiting from one of its funds and announcing job cuts totaling 12% of its workforce.