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Vela Trading Systems
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Founded 1997 (as Wombat Financial Software)
Headquarters New York, NY
Key People Jennifer Nayar, CEO
Website Vela Trading Systems Homepage
Releases Company News

Vela is a leading independent provider of trading and market access technology for global multi-asset electronic trading. Our software enables clients to successfully execute on their trading strategies and manage risk across multiple fragmented markets, liquidity pools, and data sources. We help firms successfully differentiate and innovate in an ever-changing, increasingly-regulated and fiercely-competitive landscape, while also reducing total cost of ownership.

Vela’s ticker plant, execution gateways, trading platform, and risk and analytics software deliver a unique, ultra-low latency technology stack for electronic low-touch and Direct Market Access (DMA) execution and pricing. We leverage the latest innovations in technology to deliver cutting-edge performance, features and reliability. Our modular stack is accessed through a single set of trading, data and risk APIs and can be delivered as-a-Service from multiple co-location data centers globally.


With access to more than 200 venues, Vela provides global coverage across all major asset classes. Clients are supported by an award-winning team of technical and business experts available 24x7 from our multiple offices in the US, Europe, and Asia. Vela’s clients include traders, market makers, brokers, banks, investment firms, exchanges, and other market participants.[2]


Vela started out as Wombat Financial Software in 1997. It acquired Harco Technology 10 years later, in January of 2007.[3]

In 2008, Wombat was acquired by NYSE in 2008 for $200 million. Six years later, Intercontinental Exchange (by then the parent company of NYSE after acquiring the exchange group in late 2012) would sell Wombat to Street Response Laboratories, more commonly known as SR Labs.[4]

As a means of unifying these brands under one roof, SR Labs announced in June 2016 that it would be known as Vela Trading Technologies moving forward.[5]

Continuing with its history of expansion, Vela acquired Chicago-based OptionsCity Software in June of 2017. OptionsCity now falls under the Vela banner.[6]

Right on the heels of the OptionsCity deal, Vela announced in July 2017 that it would acquire Object Trading, another provider of direct market access, risk controls and analytics.[7]

On July 31 2017, Trading Technologies filed a complaint against Vela for trademark infringement.[8]

Products and Services

Vela offers market data access, direct feed handling, a consolidated feed, distribution of market data feeds, and European best bid and offer.

Key People

  • Jennifer Nayar, CEO
  • Aaron Wald, CTO
  • Julio Huertas, Global Head of Corporate Finance


  1. About Us. Vela Trading Technologies.
  2. Products and Services. Vela.
  3. Wombat Acquires Harco Technology. BusinessWire.
  4. SR Labs acquires Wombat from Intercontinental Exchange. The Trade.
  5. SR Labs rebrands as Vela Trading Technologies. Vela.
  6. Vela to Expand Trading Technology Capabilities with OptionsCity Acquisition. Vela.
  7. Vela to acquire Object Trading complementing its recent acquisition of OptionsCity. Vela.
  8. Trading Technologies International sues Vela Trading Technologies over trademark infringement. FinanceFeeds.