Wall Street Letter, June 2013 - A US-based matching engine may be in the cards for LMAX Exchange, the London-based multi-lateral trading facility for foreign exchange, according to CEO David Mercer.
The company is looking into New York as the location for a new matching engine, he said. “All the major players have matching engines in London and New York,” he added. The company will first build up the business in London to create a solid base, he said, adding the US play would likely be next year.
“We need to be in New York at some stage in the next 12 to 18 months,” he said. The company has been considering such an expansion for a while, factoring the potential expansion into decisions about which data center to use, he explained. “We chose the LD4 data center [Equinix's data center in Slough, UK] because of its cross connection to NY4 [the Equinix data center in Secaucus, NJ].”
The new location would follow the launch earlier this year of the MTF's second venue, LMAX Interbank, which targets bank-only trade matching.
The platform is based on LMAX's existing software and the target audience was, in some cases, already using LMAX Professional, the original platform targeting brokers, fund managers and proprietary firms. After four months in operation, the venue has 15 banks participating, Mercer said.
Traction so far has come from firms that are familiar with the MTF, and the fact that liquidity providers look to connect to major platforms, Mercer said.
Going forward geography will be a big driver of the business and the increase in buy-side institutions using FX as an asset class to support fundamental strategies, he added.
“When they use FX, there's huge liquidity, so right or wrong they're not stuck in a position, can get in and out quickly and there's no limit to size,” Mercer said.
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Recognised as one of the UK’s fastest growing technology firms for three consecutive years (2015, 2014 and 2013 Sunday Times, Tech Track 100), LMAX Exchange is the leading MTF for FX, authorised and regulated by the FCA. Servicing retail brokers, funds, corporates, asset managers and banks, LMAX Exchange delivers a unique vision for global FX trading - a transparent, neutral, level playing field for all market participants, regardless of status, size or activity levels.
The LMAX Exchange OPEN order book is driven by streaming, no ‘Last Look’ limit order liquidity. LMAX Exchange offers a range of key products, including spot FX, precious metals, commodities and equity indices, with complete pre and post-trade transparency and order execution where no ‘last look’ is standard. Orders are executed in strict price/time priority.
LMAX Exchange – the emerging benchmark for global FX.
Business growth awards:
2016, 2015 Winner – Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 more
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2015, 2014, 2013 Fastest Growing Tech Company in the UK – The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 more
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2016, 2015 Winner – Deloitte EMEA Technology Fast 500 more
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FX industry awards:
2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 Best FX Trading Venue - ECN/MTF – WSL Institutional Trading Awards more
LMAX Exchange has been awarded The Wall Street Letter Institutional Trading Awards “Best FX Trading Venue - ECN/MTF” for four consecutive years. WSL awards honour excellence among providers to the institutional trading industry. close
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 three consecutive years. These awards are voted on by the readers and recognise excellence within the foreign exchange industry throughout the previous year. 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
Financial technology awards:
2016 Best Trading & Execution – HFM US Technology Awards more
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2013 Best Overall Testing Project – The European Software Testing Awards more
2011 Best Trading System – Financial Sector Technology Awards more
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LMAX Limited operates a multilateral trading facility (MTF). Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, FCA Registered no. 509778.