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BATS Global Markets (BATS), a leading operator of U.S. and European markets, today announced that President Chris Concannon will be appointed to the additional role of chief executive officer, effective March 31, 2015.

Mr. Concannon arrived at BATS as president in December 2014 with nearly 20 years of experience as an exchange executive, regulator and industry participant, and played a major role in the Hotspot FX acquisition announced January 16, 2015.

Joe Ratterman will now assume the role of chairman of the BATS board, replacing Paul Atkins. Mr. Ratterman, who led BATS as CEO for the past eight years, will remain closely involved at the company going forward, while also facilitating Mr. Concannon’s leadership transition. A respected industry expert, Mr. Ratterman will continue to represent BATS, and the industry’s diverse participants broadly, as a member of the SEC Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee.

Under Mr. Ratterman’s leadership, BATS has transformed into the world’s second-largest stock exchange operator. A company founder in June 2005, he became CEO in July 2007 when the firm – then known as BATS Trading – was a growing startup alternative trading system with 25 employees, operating from a single office in Kansas City.

 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The SGX Board of Directors wishes to announce that Mr Magnus Bocker, the CEO, has notified that he is not seeking extension of his appointment beyond his current contract, which will be completed on 30 June 2015. He has been the CEO of SGX since 1 December 2009.

The Board is moving forward with its CEO succession plan and is assessing internal and external candidates on a short list. The Board has engaged the global executive search and leadership advisory firm Spencer Stuart to facilitate the process.

Mr Bocker said, “It has been an honour to lead the extraordinary people at SGX for more than half a decade. I am proud of our accomplishments in expanding SGX both in Singapore and internationally, especially for Asian equity index derivatives. But there is a time and season for everything, and it is now time for me to take on new challenges. I am confident that what we have built at SGX will endure and continue to serve the market well.”

SGX Chairman Mr Chew Choon Seng said, “The Board understands Magnus’ considerations and respects his decision. We appreciate and thank Magnus for his contributions and leadership over an eventful and rapidly changing period, and wish him the best in his future endeavours. We will work towards a smooth leadership transition.”

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

CHICAGO, January 20, 2015 – CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today published a white paper detailing the company’s position on a variety of issues facing central counterparty clearing houses (CCPs)  in today’s financial markets, particularly the question of how much “skin in the game” clearing houses should contribute to a market’s financial safeguards.

The paper, “Clearing – Balancing CCP and Member Contributions with Exposures,” is available online at http://www.cmegroup.com/skininthegame

 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Singapore Exchange (SGX) and the REIT Association of Singapore (REITAS) have launched an initiative to educate the public on REITs and stapled trusts.

Delivered through SGX Academy and REITAS, this initiative comprises roadshows and monthly workshops. Participants will meet REITs managers to learn about the various types of REITs, how they are structured and managed, with a focus on generating steady income and long-term capital growth for unit holders. This will be complemented by the launch of online education materials by June 2015. Around 20,000 investors are expected to benefit from this initiative.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Dubai Financial Market announced that shares of two newly listed public joint stock companies, AMANAT and DUBAI PARKS, will be added to its general index (DFMGI) and to sector indices as of Monday January 19th 2015. The number of companies listed in the index increased to 34 companies.

Shares of AMANAT have been added to the DFM General Index and Services sub-index. The outstanding shares for the company is 2.5 billion shares, while the percentage of  free float shares as per the index rules is 75%, and number of shares embedded in the index sample is  1.875 billion shares.

Shares of DUBAI PARKS have been added to DFM General Index and Consumer Staples & Discretionary sub-index. The outstanding shares for the company is 6.322 billion shares, while the percentage of  free float shares as per index rules is 50%, and number of shares embedded in the index sample is  3.161 billion shares.

Monday, January 19, 2015

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