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Plato Partnership in exclusive discussions with Turquoise

First Published 24th July 2015

Plato Partnership enters exclusive discussions with Turquoise around a commercial collaboration.

Stephen McGoldrick, Plato Partnership

Stephen McGoldrick, Plato Partnership

"We believe Turquoise meets our key criteria for a partner having displayed a secure and rapid route to market, demonstrable innovation, and an alignment with our guiding principles."

Plato Partnership, a not-for-profit industry group representing asset managers and broker dealers, is working together with a vision of improving market structure in Europe. The first step in this process will be a collaboration with Turquoise to evolve a market model, which will deliver new efficiencies that ultimately benefit end investors.

The decision follows an intensive tender process which narrowed down over twenty firms to seven, and then more recently a shortlist of three. During the process, Plato invited market participants to express their support for the final seven shortlisted potential partners, including Turquoise, via a poll on its website.

Stephen McGoldrick, Project Director for Plato Partnership, commented: "Our name, Plato Partnership, reflects the vision behind this initiative, born out of our belief that collaborative thinking produces the best results. We are excited about working with our growing community to put our Market Structure Innovation Centre to work in identifying future initiatives. We believe Turquoise meets our key criteria for a partner having displayed a secure and rapid route to market, demonstrable innovation, and an alignment with our guiding principles leading to their strong desire to work collaboratively."

A statement from the London Stock Exchange, the majority owner of Turquoise, said: "Turquoise is delighted that both the buy side and sell side representatives of Plato have chosen Turquoise as their preferred partner. We believe Turquoise's track record of innovation and commitment to customer partnership will be invaluable to the trading services we develop together. We look forward to working collaboratively with Plato and its buy and sell side members based on our shared values and commitment to improving market structures and execution efficiency."

Paul Collins, Head of EMEA Equity Dealing at Franklin Templeton Investments, commented: "We believe that the remutualisation of market structure stewardship is long overdue and in this regard, Plato Partnership has the potential to fundamentally influence and change the trading landscape in Europe for the better. We have been following the development and progress of Plato's vision and proposition over the past few months, which has been hugely compelling. We are therefore delighted to join their efforts and lend our support."

Plato's members include, Axa Investment Managers, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, Fidelity Worldwide Investment, Franklin Templeton, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Norges Bank Investment Management, Union Investment, Barclays, BofA Merrill Lynch, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, and UBS. They have come together with a shared vision of the benefit that Plato's stewardship could bring to the market.

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