BATS Global Markets And Direct Edge To Merge

By Editorial 28 August, 2013

BATS Global Markets, Inc. (BATS) and Direct Edge Holdings LLC (Direct Edge) announced a definitive merger agreement on August 26, 2013, which they claim will bring together two customer-focused securities exchange operators under the BATS Global Markets enterprise to drive further innovation and better serve investors.

Financial terms will not be disclosed for the transaction, which is expected to close in the first half of 2014, subject to regulatory approvals. Current BATS CEO Joe Ratterman will remain in the same role and current Direct Edge CEO William O'Brien will be President. Bryan Harkins of Direct Edge will join the combined company as an integral member of the senior executive team.

Mr Ratterman said "This agreement is an important milestone for the US equities market and other markets around the globe as it will combine two organizations that have been innovative in creating a more competitive marketplace to benefit all investors."

The combined company will use the proprietary BATS technology and will be headquartered in the Kansas City, area with additional offices in Jersey City, New York and London. All four US equity exchanges operated by BATS and Direct Edge will remain in operation under the agreement - the BATS BZX and BYX Exchanges and the Direct Edge EDGX and EDGA Exchanges.

In addition to the aforementioned markets, BATS operates a US equity options market and BATS Chi-X Europe, the largest stock exchange in Europe. Direct Edge continues working towards opening an equity market in Brazil.

BATS was advised by Broadhaven Capital Partners on the transaction and Direct Edge was advised by BofA Merrill Lynch and Evercore Partners.

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