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BATS Global Markets and Direct Edge complete merger

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BATS Global Markets and Direct Edge completed their merger on 31 January, creating one of the world’s largest stock exchange operators.

In January, combined US market share of the BATS and Direct Edge exchanges reached 20.54 per cent compared to US exchanges operated by NYSE Euronext (20.58 per cent) and Nasdaq OMX (20.02 per cent).
 
In Europe, BATS again finished January as the largest stock exchange with market share of 22.11 per cent.
 
The combined company, which will operate under the BATS Global Markets brand, is the number one US exchange operator by market share for all exchange-traded funds as well as the top exchange for retail-driven liquidity, according to most recent data.
 
Joe Ratterman (pictured) serves as CEO with William O’Brien as president.
 
“Completion of the merger creates an even stronger competitor and advocate for the benefit of all market participants,” Ratterman says. “With the Direct Edge team, we are excited to embark on a new path to deliver even greater innovation and competition, challenging the status quo globally.”
 
O’Brien adds: “With a focus on customers, we have designed the combined company to deliver meaningful value through preservation of choice, reduced costs and technological compatibility. Our products and approach make BATS a true partner with our customers, and position us to further expand our services and relationships to benefit traders, investors and issuers.”
 
The company has launched bats.com/edgeintegration, a dedicated website for its forthcoming technology integration involving the transition of the Direct Edge equities exchanges to the proprietary BATS technology platform. BATS will host a conference call detailing its integration plans for customers on 20 February.
 
Financial terms will not be disclosed for the transaction. BATS Global Markets remains headquartered in the Kansas City, area, with additional offices in London and the New York City area.

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