GL TRADE’s suite of European MTF gateways moves forward with certification from Turquoise

Paris and London - 29 July 2008

GL TRADE, global provider of multi-market and multi-asset solutions for international financial institutions, is pleased to announce that it has received full certification from Turquoise for its order-routing gateway. This is a significant milestone in the development of GL TRADE’s suite of capabilities for multi-venue trading in the post-MiFID European equity markets.

Turquoise, the multilateral trading facility (MTF) established by nine leading European investment banks, will commence live trading in September. With this certification, GL TRADE’s brokerage clients, and also the DMA clients of those brokers, will be enabled for business on Turquoise from day one.

Eli Lederman, Chief Executive of Turquoise, said, “Connectivity to technology solutions providers represents an important link to Turquoise's network of members, and it’s good to see that GL TRADE’s significant European user base will be ready to trade on our platform at the start.”

In a two-year project, GL TRADE has developed a suite of software products and services to allow trading firms to maximise the opportunities created by the post-MiFID market environment. As a result, client firms can aggregate the price data published by multiple trading venues into a single European order book, and then use GL TRADE’s Smart Order Router to drive decisions on how and where to place their own trades. Best Execution is both the objective and the obligation under MiFID rules. GL TRADE has developed specific products to enable brokerage firms and their clients to build and report on the audit databases that allow ‘Best Ex’ to be monitored.

This suite of products is in daily use at several client organisations, enabling early gains for these firms and their clients from smart order routing to Chi-X, the first of the major international MTFs to go live. Alongside the Chi-X and Turquoise developments, GL TRADE is building gateways for three other pan-European MTFs: Equiduct, Nasdaq-OMX and BATS Trading, in order to be ready for the start of trading in each case. Interfaces are also developed for dark pools where significant liquidity is available.

Vincent Burzynski, Managing Director for Products at GL TRADE Group, says: “The post-MiFID markets present major competitive opportunities to brokerage firms prepared to take them, but the technical challenges are significant. GL TRADE is committed to enabling clients to meet these challenges by providing a comprehensive suite of multi-venue trading solutions, both for enterprise implementations and via ASP market access. Adding Turquoise to our connectivity offerings is an important step forward.”

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