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LMAX Exchange Group consolidates ownership to continue growth trajectory

London, 1 February 2018 - LMAX Exchange Group (“LMAX Exchange”), the leading institutional exchange for global FX trading, has completed an equity purchase of Paddy Power Betfair plc’s remaining stake in the business. The 31.35% stake (or 187,811 shares), bought for £21,945,000, brings 95% of the company under the control of the Group’s management.

The equity purchase is financed by a senior debt facility provided by Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), a bank focused solely on the innovation economy. The terms of the loan are not disclosed.

David Mercer, CEO of LMAX Exchange Group said: “I am very pleased to be working with Silicon Valley Bank. SVB’s focus on the innovation economy resonates perfectly with LMAX Exchange growth story and future ambition - this creates a solid foundation for our partnership going forward.

Having successfully built a global exchange marketplace for FX, our ambition is to continue growing our distribution and propagate the exchange execution model across capital markets. Using our proprietary and innovative exchange technology, we have led change in the FX industry by bringing in a new market structure, one that delivers complete transparency, open access and a level playing field for all market participants. Today, LMAX Exchange counts among its members all major global banks and non-banks and our trading volumes are breaking new record highs – further validation of the industry’s transition to an exchange execution model. By consolidating the ownership of LMAX Exchange Group, we are positioning the business for continued growth and building long term stakeholder value.”

Rosh Wijayarathna, Director of Silicon Valley Bank’s Corporate Banking team, said: “We work with innovative businesses that are global by nature, so managing their FX exposure is an ever-important factor. As the world gets smaller and the FX industry grows, the market is increasingly a focus for global regulators. LMAX Exchange is an impressive high-growth global business, which brings greater transparency to the FX industry through the exchange execution model, no ‘last look’ functionality and award-winning low latency technology. We are delighted to work with such an experienced management team and look forward to a continued partnership.”

LMAX Exchange is an innovator and tech disruptor in FX, the $5.1 trillion/day marketplace and the world’s largest asset class. First to introduce the exchange style execution model for FX, LMAX Exchange is an active advocate of FX market reform to improve transparency and fairness in execution. Growth and transformation in the FX market holds multiple opportunities for LMAX Exchange, in its aim to propagate the exchange model globally.


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About the LMAX Exchange Group

LMAX Exchange Group is a global, high-growth financial technology company that is leading the transformation of the global FX industry to transparent, fair, precise and consistent execution. Operating global exchanges for trading FX, metals, indices, commodities and crypto currencies, LMAX Exchange Group delivers open access, transparency and level playing field to all market participants.

LMAX Exchange Group offers all clients the ability to trade on the LMAX Exchange central limit order book, driven by streaming no ‘last look’ limit-order liquidity from top tier banks and non-bank financial institutions. Servicing funds, banks, brokerages, asset managers and proprietary trading firms, LMAX Exchange Group offers an anonymous, regulated, rules-based trading environment, order execution in strict price/time priority, and access to real-time streaming market and trade data, enabling all market participants to control execution quality and total trading costs.

Offering a comprehensive range of instruments and ultra-low latency execution, LMAX Exchange Group operates a global FX exchange infrastructure with matching engines in London, New York and Tokyo.

LMAX Exchange Group - a unique vision for global FX.

Financial technology awards:

2017 Best FX Trading Venue - (ECN/MTF) – Fund Technology and WSL Awards more

LMAX Exchange has been awarded The Fund Technology and WSL Awards “Best FX Trading Venue - ECN/MTF”. The award honours excellence among providers to the institutional trading industry. close

2016 Best Trading & Execution Technology – HFM US Technology Awards more

The HFM US Technology awards recognise hedge fund technology providers that have demonstrated exceptional customer service and innovative product development in the past 12 months. close

2013 Best Overall Testing Project – The European Software Testing Awards more

The European Software Testing Awards (TESTA) recognise excellence and innovation in the software testing and quality assurance across a variety of industries. close

2011 Best Trading System – Financial Sector Technology Awards more

The FST Awards recognise excellence and innovation in the field of information technology within the UK and EMEA financial services sector. close

2011 Innovative Programming Framework – Oracle Duke's Choice Awards more

Oracle’s Duke's Choice Awards celebrate extreme innovation in the world of Java technology and are granted to the most innovative projects using the Java platform. close

FX industry awards:

2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 Best FX Trading Venue - (ECN/MTF) – WSL Awards more

LMAX Exchange has been awarded The WSL Awards “Best FX Trading Venue - ECN/MTF” for four consecutive years. The awards honour excellence among providers to the institutional trading industry. close

2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 Best Margin Sector Platform – Profit & Loss Readers' Choice Awards more

LMAX Exchange has been awarded The Profit & Loss Readers’ Choice Awards “Best Margin Sector Platform” for five consecutive years. These awards are voted on by the readers and recognise excellence within the foreign exchange industry throughout the previous year. close

2017, 2013 Best Execution Venue – Forex Magnates Awards more

LMAX Exchange has been awarded the Forex Magnates Awards “Best Execution Venue”. The awards are granted to the top firms in their categories and announced at the annual London summit. close

2014 Best Infrastructure/Technology Initiative – WSL Institutional Trading Awards more

LMAX Exchange has been awarded The Wall Street Letter Institutional Trading Awards “Best Infrastructure/Technology Initiative” in 2014. WSL awards honour excellence among providers to the institutional trading industry. close

Business growth awards:

2016, 2015 Winner – Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 more

Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 is a ranking of the 50 fastest-growing technology companies in the UK, based on percentage growth of fiscal year revenues over the last four years. close

2016, 2015 Winner – Deloitte EMEA Technology Fast 500 more

The Deloitte EMEA Technology Fast 500 pre-eminent technology awards program is a ranking of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa's fastest-growing technology companies based on percentage revenue growth over three years. close

2015, 2014, 2013 Fastest Growing Tech Company in the UK – The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 more

LMAX Exchange has been recognised amongst the UK’s fastest growing technology firms for three consecutive years. Tech Track 100, compiled by Fast Track annually and published by the Sunday Times each September, lists Britain’s 100 fastest-growing private tech companies based on sales growth over the last three years. close

2015 Recognised as a Tech City Future Fifty company – Tech City UK Future Fiftymore

LMAX Exchange is part of the Future Fifty programme, focused on accelerating the success of high-growth tech businesses. close

LMAX Exchange Group is the holding company of LMAX Limited and LMAX Broker Limited.

LMAX Exchange is a trading name of LMAX Limited, which operates a multilateral trading facility, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (firm reference number 509778) and is a company registered in England and Wales (number 6505809).

LMAX Global is a trading name of LMAX Broker Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (firm reference number 783200) and is a company registered in England and Wales (number 10819525).

About Silicon Valley Bank

For 35 years, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) has helped innovative businesses, enterprises and their investors move bold ideas forward, fast. SVB provides a range of targeted financial services and expertise through its office in the UK. With commercial and international banking services, SVB helps address the unique needs of innovators. The UK's leading technology and life science businesses, in all stages of development, look to SVB’s niche expertise, 30 years of experience and unparalleled network, as they grow at home and tackle new markets abroad. Learn more at svb.com/uk

Silicon Valley Bank is registered in England and Wales at 14-18 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1BR under No. FC029579. Silicon Valley Bank is authorised and regulated by the California Department of Business Oversight and the United States Federal Reserve Bank; authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority with number 577295; and subject to regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority and limited regulation by the Prudential Regulation Authority. Details about the extent of our regulation by the Prudential Regulation Authority are available from us on request.