Moving to compete with incumbent exchanges for IPOs, BATS Global Markets (BATS) today confirmed its plans to launch a primary listings market in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of 2011. The company has submitted draft rules to the Securities and Exchange Commission and anticipates formally filing them for notice and public comment shortly. The new listings venue will create a competitive alternative to the incumbent exchanges, which offer listings services for companies considering the IPO process, according to the global. operator of securities and derivatives markets, today.
BATS operates two stock exchanges in the U.S., the BATS BZX Exchange and BYX Exchange, which would be considers for the listings program
“We believe there is a need for an alternative listing venue in today’s market, which has only been heightened in recent weeks as legacy exchanges weigh different merger and acquisition strategies,” commented Joe Ratterman, president and CEO of BATS Global Markets, in the release.
“In addition, market conditions have become increasingly favorable to companies looking to gain access to the capital markets so we’re excited to launch our listings business later this year,” Ratterman further stated. BATS said the listings program would eflect the BATS philosophy with: • Simple and competitive pricing • Innovative tools and technology • Leading customer support and education
BATS will release additional information about BATS Listings in the coming months. Companies that are interested in learning more should contact BATS at [email protected], said BATS in the release.
Last month BATS announced it had entered a definitive agreement to purchase Chi-X Europe, potentially creating the largest pan-European trading venue. The new entity will be called BATS Chi-X Europe, and the deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2011, pending regulatory approvals. The company also said it is exploring opportunities in Brazil.
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