Deutsche Börse has acquired a minority stake in ID’s SAS (Investors Derivatives solutions), a Paris based company specialised in providing online technology solutions to the financial markets’ buy- and sell-side firms.
Deutsche Börse is extending its positioning in the provision of pre-trade price transparency in the cash equity and derivatives area for institutional investors.
An investment agreement was signed last week, whereby Deutsche Börse will pay a euro amount in the single digit million range.
ID’s has developed RFQ-hub which provides software for multi-dealer, bilateral request for quotes (RFQ) originated by buy-side asset managers for cash equity and derivatives. The service went live in April 2009 and is supported by more than ten of the largest equity derivatives dealers/brokers.
RFQ-hub’s software streamlines the trading process by facilitating electronic transmission and receipt of tradable competing quotes, thereby enhancing price transparency and execution for listed, flexible and over-the-counter/bilaterally settled transactions. RFQ-hub assists buy-side firms in demonstrating best execution which enables Mifid compliance.
“This investment in RFQ-hub highlights our recognition of the changing industry landscape and aims to support the G20 commitments for improving the integrity and safety of financial markets and of the OTC markets in particular. As a regulated exchange and clearinghouse we provide transparent execution, processing and clearing services and we are committed to the regulator’s goal of higher transparency in financial markets. The execution software provided by RFQ-hub is an important element of this objective, particularly for the benefit of buy-side participants,” says Peter Reitz, managing director for business development at Deutsche Börse.
“We are excited to have agreed a transaction with such a strategically important market participant and view this as a clear endorsement of the business model that we have been enhancing for the past two years. Leveraging our joint strengths, and working with our existing buy- and sell-side supporters, we intend to set industry benchmarks in the new regulatory environment,” says David Sagnier, chief executive and president of ID’s.