Bloomberg, MarketAxess and Tradeweb sign JV agreement
Bloomberg, MarketAxess and Tradeweb announced they have signed a joint venture agreement, to establish an independent company (JV Company) for the purpose of participating in the public procurement procedure to become the fixed income consolidated tape provider (CTP) in the European Union, all subject to relevant regulatory approvals.
The Parties have appointed Neil Ryan to lead the CTP initiative. Mr. Ryan is an industry veteran with over 30 years in various senior positions across the public and private sectors, and has vast experience in the fixed income space. Mr. Ryan will focus on producing a comprehensive prototype that utilises the expertise of the Parties in fixed income markets and trade reporting, to be able to deliver a high-quality consolidated tape (CT) that will provide enhanced transparency and access to robust, reliable data. This initiative reflects the Parties’ combined desire to improve the fixed income ecosystem and make a meaningful investment in winning the tender for the European bond CT.
Mr. Ryan commented:
“The time has come to provide the European fixed income markets with a consolidated tape that is led by an initiative with deep experience in low-latency data processing, cleansing, consolidation and publishing within a regulated framework. Our motivation is to improve transparency and spur electronification in the fixed income space. Our end goal is a cost-effective CT that treats both data contributors and consumers fairly, while enabling open and impartial access to meaningful and helpful data using existing infrastructure.”
FINBOURNE Technology, a leading cloud-native financial data management firm, has been selected by the Parties as the technology infrastructure provider to build and operate the CT for the JV Company. FINBOURNE’s appointment was the culmination of a detailed and rigorous evaluation process, which considered critical compliance, operational, technical and security aspects of a fit-for-purpose CT. FINBOURNE will now work closely with the joint initiative to demonstrate the capabilities and features of their proposed CT platform.
Thomas McHugh, CEO and Co-Founder of FINBOURNE Technology, commented:
“We are pleased to have won the tender to work with these leading firms, who are deeply focused on quality data, and are highly experienced in fixed income markets and running regulated Approved Publication Arrangements (APAs). Importantly, we see this as further validation of our modern, cloud-based, API-first technology, to deliver critical market data access and transparency.”