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Euronext and Algomi launch trading facility for pan-European corporate bond market

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Euronext has agreed a 10-year partnership with fixed income technology provider Algomi to create a new trading facility aimed at improving liquidity in the pan-European corporate bond market.

The joint venture, capitalised by Euronext for USD2.3 million, will deploy Algomi’s technology to a new MTF owned and operated by Euronext.
Dealers will be able to access the trading interface either directly through their existing Algomi technology or through their stand-alone systems.
The platform will use algorithmic smart matching processes to create an auction between dealers to improve liquidity and search for best execution.
Local and global bond markets comprise circa USD87 trillion in market value. The majority of trades, by value, are still completed on the phone, which results in an opaque and fragmented market based on imperfect information. 

There is limited data on buyers and sellers which results in low liquidity.
The solution will link Euronext, the banks and investors in a collaborative network, creating a centralised market place. It will turn disparate data into relevant and structured information and increase trade opportunities in the pan-European corporate bond market.
The solution completes Algomi’s Honeycomb bond network, which connects asset managers and their dealers, by bringing dealers together for the first time with the strength of the regulated federal model of Euronext.
Paul Humphrey, head of fixed-income, rates and FX at Euronext, says: “Banks are under increasing pressure to de-risk balance sheet and hold less bond inventory. This platform will create huge network effects that will assist multi-located global sales and trading teams to identify the most profitable trades from the market noise.”
Mark Ledwards, head of exchange and data solutions, Algomi, adds: “Existing data from our Honeycomb network suggests that over 40 per cent of less liquid indications of interest could benefit from being matched on the Euronext platform.”
Stu Taylor, co-founder and CEO Algomi, says: “We are delighted to be working with such a significant market player as Euronext, who have already proven themselves to be highly nimble and forward thinking in this field. The long term relationship is evidence of the commitment by both sides to improving the European corporate bond market.”
Stéphane Boujnah, CEO of Euronext, says: “The creation of this platform will ultimately diversify Euronext’s offering, with further key synergies in technology and market data to be explored jointly with Algomi. This initiative, alongside our broader ambitions in FICC, fits with Euronext’s ‘Agility for Growth’ strategy of capturing innovative opportunities arising from the market environment, accelerating growth through strategic partnerships, enhancing agility and strengthening its core offering to finance the real economy.”

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