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Qatar Exchange successfully launches new state-of-the art trading system
  • Introduction of NYSE Euronext’s Universal Trading Platform represents major milestone in plans to transform Qatar Exchange into world class financial center
  • Qatar Exchange now trading with same leading edge technology as strategic partner, NYSE Euronext

QATAR, SEPTEMBER 5, 2010:  Qatar Exchange has  reached a major mile-stone in its drive to develop in Doha a world class financial center by  launching the Universal Trading Platform, with the system successfully going live at the start of trading today.

The introduction of the Universal Trading Platform means that the country’s cash equities exchange will operate with the same state-of-the-art technology as NYSE Euronext, the global trading group and strategic partner of the Qatar Exchange since June 2009.

The move represents a significant step forward in the development of Qatar Exchange, laying firm foundations to realize the State of Qatar’s strategic vision for the market to act as a global exchange, working in accordance with the best international practices and standards.

Qatar Exchange now has an important piece of the infrastructure to work towards expanding the capabilities of the market with new products such as bonds and other diversified exchange traded instruments.

The announcement caps a year of progress towards achieving the five year development of the Qatar Exchange project which has also seen the Central Bank of Qatar act as Settlement Bank; Government permission to allow Qatari banks to join the Exchange, and modification to the Qatar Exchange’s index.

HE Dr. Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Chairman of QE’s Board, expressed his deep satisfaction with this major step, being a milestone in the development strategy aiming at turning QE into a world-class exchange. HE Dr. Al Attiyah also extended his heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifah Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, and Heir Apparent, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani for their wise directions and constant support of the endeavors aiming at developing the Qatar Exchange in line with the ambitious economic vision of the State of Qatar.  HE also expressed his gratitude to HE Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al Thani, Vice Chairman and CEO of Qatar Investment Authority, for his continuous support aiming to align QE with the best international practices in the world of exchanges.

Andre Went,  Qatar Exchange Chief Executive Officer  said: “Today’s  implementation of UTP  marks a significant positive step towards the promotion of trust in the market and increasing the efficiency of the services provided to investors and providing a trading platform for new products and investment instruments to be launched by Qatar Exchange.  Both issuers and investors alike will benefit from the speed, efficiency and reliability of NYSE Euronext’s world class technology, together with greater market transparency resulting from the introduction of a closing auction. Launching UTP on schedule and in line with our stated strategy is a clear demonstration of the benefits of the strategic partnership between Qatar Holding and NYSE Euronext.”

He added: “the Universal Trading Platform will play an essential role in Qatar Exchange’s progression towards establishing a world class market, listing diversified investment products. This launch also marks an important step in the history of the Qatari market with the introduction of new order types, order parameters and closing auction thus improving efficiency and transparency and attracting a diverse investor base”.

Dominique Cerutti, President & Deputy Chief Executive of NYSE Euronext said: “This achievement illustrates the progress of our partnership with Qatar, our joint commitment to innovation and the close working relationship between our two organizations. We are delighted at this important first step and welcome the opportunity to apply our leading-edge technology to transform the Qatar Exchange into a marketplace that is well positioned to serve market participants in the Middle East and the world”.

As next steps the Qatar Exchange will leverage the new regulatory framework and the leading edge technology to launch new products for its cash market and enhance its connectivity via SFTI to the NYSE Euronext global community, thereby tapping into NYSE Euronext's liquidity network. Further into the future, we expect to see the launch of a derivatives market in Qatar.

The successful launch of the Universal Trading Platform for the Qatar Exchange is the first launch of the NYSE Euronext cash trading application suite outside its own core markets. The platform incorporates new state-of-the-art technology, providing outstanding value to customers and setting new benchmarks in terms of scalability, capacity, ultra-low latency, new functionalities and resiliency.

In terms of benefits for market participants, the Universal Trading Platform offers extremely low latency (less than one millisecond). It also uses internationally recognized protocols for order routing, thereby providing seamless integration with participants across the globe.  As part of this initiative, Qatar Exchange has also commissioned a Disaster Recovery back-up data center in partnership with Qatar Telecom. This secondary data center is now active with the Universal Trading Platform installed and brokers are being systematically connected.

ENDS

Contacts:

Qatar Exchange 
Lina Serafini, Tel: +974 44333615 / lina.serafini@qe.qa

NYSE Euronext
London  -- James Dunseath, + 44 20 7379 2804 /  jdunseath@nyx.com
New York -- Rich Adamonis, + 1 212-656-2140 /
radamonis@nyx.com

Citigate Dewe Rogerson (Qatar)
Tel. +974 4452 8335
Seb Hoyle
Toby Moore
Ayman Hammamieh

 

Notes to Editors:

About the Qatar Exchange:
Established in 1995, the Doha Securities Market (DSM) officially commenced operations in May 1997. Since then the exchange has grown to become one of the leading stock markets in the GCC region. Following a strategic partnership agreement between Qatar Holding and NYSE Euronext in June 2009, the DSM was renamed the Qatar Exchange (QE).  QE currently has 42 listed companies and its market capitalization (end of 2009) is around QR320 billion (US$88 billion). The primary aim of QE is to support Qatar’s economy by giving investors a platform through which they can trade fairly and efficiently. QE also provides the public with access to market information, ensures correct disclosure of information, and enforces securities regulations.  QE is regulated by the Qatar Financial Markets Authority. For more information, please visit www.qe.com.qa

About Qatar Holding LLC
Qatar Holding LLC (QH) is established as the strategic and direct investment arm of Qatar Investment Authority. With the vision of becoming a world class investment corporation and the preferred partner of choice for investors, financiers and other stakeholders; it is envisaged that the already significant investment portfolio of Qatar Holding will continue to grow. Key investment assets of Qatar Holding include Agricultural Bank of China, Barclays plc, Credit Suisse Group, Harrods, Hassad Food Company, J Sainsbury plc, London Stock Exchange, Lagardere SCA, Porsche SE, Qatar Exchange, Qatar Telecom, Qatar National Bank and Volkswagen AG.

About NYSE Euronext
NYSE Euronext (NYX) is a leading global operator of financial markets and provider of innovative trading technologies.  The company's exchanges in Europe and the United States trade equities, futures, options, fixed-income and exchange-traded products.  With approximately 8,000 listed issues (excluding European Structured Products), NYSE Euronext's equities markets – the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext, NYSE Amex, NYSE Alternext and NYSE Arca – represent one-third of the world's equities trading, the most liquidity of any global exchange group. NYSE Euronext also operates NYSE Liffe, one of the leading European derivatives businesses and the world's second-largest derivatives business by value of trading. The company offers comprehensive commercial technology, connectivity and market data products and services through NYSE Technologies. NYSE Euro next is in the S&P 500 index, and is the only exchange operator in the S&P 100 index and Fortune 500.  For more information, please visit: http://www.nyx.com. 



Contact: Rich Adamonis
Phone: 212.656.2140
Email:  radamonis@nyx.com