Just spotted this on Bobsguide, a very interesting development.
Markit has agreed to acquire Dealhub, the 55 strong UK company that provide FX solutions to banks, brokers and other financial market participants around market connectivity, trading services and trade processing.
The acquisition comes less than two weeks after Markit’s own MarkitSERV announced the launch of its new ‘centralised FX trade confirmation service’. The Dealhub transaction, looks highly complementary, and will enable Markit to rapidly consolidate its position in this space.
As the industry continues to innovate, and in response to evolving FX regulations, there will naturally be increased demand for efficient, scalable and innovative centralised FX solutions, that provide the market connectivity to the various venues, credit-hubs, settlement systems, trade repositories, clearing houses with the associated regulatory reporting needed to enable participants to effectively manage their FX business.
According to the press release; the acquisition will enable Markit to offer customers a comprehensive solution for FX across venue connectivity, trading services, trade confirmation and management, clearing and regulatory reporting. It will also expand Markit’s customer base among banks, brokers and asset managers in the FX markets.
Brad Levy, managing director and head of Markit’s Processing division, said:
“DealHub is a great company and highly complementary to Markit’s growing FX processing business. This acquisition adds depth to our FX offering while bringing an exciting set of trading solutions to Markit. Connecting DealHub’s technology to our network will accelerate centralisation of FX trade processes, making it easier for customers to transact.”
Peter Kriskinans, founder and chief executive officer of DealHub, said:
“We are excited about joining Markit since our businesses are so complementary. Markit’s scale and global reach will allow us to better support our customers and will also accelerate innovation and further development of our technology.”
DealHub’s customers include global banks, regional banks, interdealer brokers, FX electronic trading venues and asset managers. The company has approximately 55 people based primarily in London, with additional offices in New York and Singapore.