Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Berlin's stock exchange looks to Equiduct

While Project Turquoise may still be looking for a CEO (well they were the last time we checked), the "pan-European exchange," Equiduct is looking to shore up market share by getting into bed with Börse Berlin.

Börse Berlin announced this week that it had taken a majority stake in Easdaq, which trades as Equiduct. Equiduct revived the old Easdaq trading platform in response to the removal of the 'concentration rule' under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID), which effectively means trading of equities on the Continent is no longer confined to national exchanges.

Under MiFID, exchanges like Börse Berlin are tipped to be part of a dying breed as supposedly faster and cheaper multilateral trading facilities, ECNs and alternative trading venues emerge post-MiFID to try and steal market share from 'dinosaur' exchanges. However, as we reported in the latest issue of Financial-i, few contenders other than Equiduct, Chi-X and Project Turquoise (which has yet to find a CEO) have thrown their hat into the ring.

According to the PR blurb the deal between Börse Berlin and Equiduct will provide their customers with "unrivalled access to trading in a broad category of European financial instruments." As to what this precisely means has yet to be revealed but Equiduct believes it has the "state-of-the-art" trading system and Börse Berlin has the "broadest range of securities" and experience in secondary exchange trading.

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