Americas Trading Group announced the formation of a new company that will develop a liquidity center targeting the Brazilian exchange market called Americas Trading System Brasil or ATS Brasil. Utilizing trading solutions developed by NYSE Technologies, the technology unit of NYSE Euronext, ATS Brasil will offer customers a new equities matching platform in Latin America.
ATG will maintain the controlling interest as well as operational management of the company with NYSE Technologies as a minority shareholder and the core technology provider. ATS Brasil plans to begin operations in 2013, subject to approvals by the Central Bank of Brazil and the Brazilian Securities Commission (CVM).
Fernando Cohen, ATG´s President, believes that the entry of ATS Brasil will have a positive effect on the local stock market as it will contribute to expanding the range of products and services offered to investors in the region. Cohen also emphasized the importance of NYSE Technologies’ decision to expand into the Brazilian market by becoming a partner of ATS Brasil.
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Cohen stated that initially ATS Brasil intends to operate in a model known as “the organized OTC market” based on computerization and transparency in order registration and execution, and adopt rigid mechanisms of self-regulation. He further noted that ATS Brasil was not created to compete with BM&FBovespa, but rather to complement it by improving liquidity and price formation for Brazilian assets.
“The entry of ATS Brasil starts a new cycle in the Brazilian exchange market. Our innovative, high-performance order execution platform will generate more liquidity for the capital markets. This initiative should stimulate cost reduction by offering efficiency gains for investors and create the real possibility of placing the Brazilian market within international standards,” said Fernando Cohen.
Dominique Cerruti, President and Deputy CEO, NYSE Euronext said, “As a leading operator of global markets and market technology, we have designed and deployed proven, market-tested trading platforms in key market centers around the world. We are pleased to partner with ATG as they expand their business into equities matching with the ATS Brasil initiative. Our technology platform should provide customers and market participants with the same high-quality trading experience, performance and reliability that they’ve come to expect from NYSE Euronext’s own exchanges.”
ATS Brasil will use the Universal Trading Platform (UTP) developed by NYSE Technologies and used by NYSE Euronext’s global markets. UTP has the capacity to process high volumes of messages with very low latency, giving market participants the opportunity to submit thousands of orders per second while also improving market transparency and liquidity. Additionally, ATS Brasil is expected to attract new investors to the Brazilian market, including local and international high frequency traders. ATG will also utilize NYSE Technologies’ Secure Financial Transaction Infrastructure (SFTI) network to provide global access and direct market data distribution for customers trading outside Brazil.