Cathryn Lyall

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Cathryn Lyall
Occupation Co-Founder
Employer Seismic Foundry
Location London, UK
Twitter @seismicfoundry
Personal Twitter @Lyally

Cathryn Lyall is co-founder of Seismic Foundry and the owner of Minnamurra Consulting Ltd in London.[1]


She was the chief operating officer at CurveGlobal from 2015 to 2016. She first joined the company in 2014 and announced her departure in July of 2016, about two months before the futures trading venue was due to go live.[2]

Before joining CurveGlobal, Lyall was a director of BM&F Bovespa UK, a wholly owned subsidiary of BM&F Bovespa. She resigned from the post in June 2011.[3][4] She was named to the BM&F Bovespa position on January 22, 2010, and was responsible for business development, sales, and product development for the exchange, as well as marketing, education, training programs and establishing regulatory relationships in the UK and Europe.[5][6]

As a consultant for NASDAQ OMX, she was instrumental in the launch of NLX in May 2013. She has also previously held senior positions at CME Group and ICAP.[7]

Before joining the Brazilian exchange, she served as chief operating officer of exchange projects of ICAP Plc.[8] Lyall was hired by ICAP on March 25, 2008.[9] At ICAP Lyall was responsible for all exchange-related projects within the company and worked on a range of undertakings including the establishment of an multi-lateral trading facility MTF/RIE.

Previously Lyall was the managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Asia at the Chicago Board of Trade before its merger with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in July of 2007.[10][11]

She was responsible for all product and sales-related activities in EMEA and Asia. She also managed all business related to exchange membership, regulatory relationships, connectivity and DMA, education and training, sales and marketing, budgeting, market maker programs, membership of relevant industry groups and speaking opportunities in both EMEA and Asia.

Before joining the CBOT, Lyall was a consultant to various derivatives companies in the USA, Asia and Europe with Ecco Consulting. In 2000/01 she was the general manager of the Australian Derivatives Exchange (ADX), based in Sydney, which was the first wholly electronic startup derivatives exchange to be launched globally at the time.

Prior to joining ADX, Lyall was manager of futures for Colonial State Bank for six years, and trading floor manager for All-States Futures for seven years before that, both of which were full members of the Sydney Futures Exchange (SFE).[12]

In both these roles, Lyall managed a 24-hour futures brokerage and clearing business, both open outcry and electronic, that dealt in all global listed derivatives products on behalf of the bank and external customers. She was also a fully qualified pit trader, client advisor, and electronic trader. Her first day on the floor was Oct. 19, 1987.

In 1998-2001 Lyall was voted in the ‘Top 40 Financiers under 40’ in the Australian Business magazine, and in 1999 was awarded Australian ‘Most Outstanding Woman of the Year in a Non-traditional Area of Work.’

In 2007, Lyall competed against 11 other international business leaders in a year–long "Investor of the Year" competition sponsored by Shattered Magazine.[13]

She sits on the board of advisers of The London Capital Club[14] and the Futures for Kids foundation. She also hosts regular ladies networking lunches that have featured high profile speakers from business, sports, politics and the arts.


Lyall holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and political science from the Australian National University (1986) and a master of arts in English literature (1996).[15]

Recent News

In September 2010, Lyall was named one of Financial News' Top 100 Influential Women for her work building relationships at the BM&F Bovespa. [16]

MarketsWiki Education

Lyall participated in the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity series in London in October of 2016 at the Woolen Exchange.


  1. Seismic Foundry. Linkedin.
  2. Curve COO Lyall to leave, Walker to run sales. FOW.
  3. Lyall leaves BM&FBovespa UK operations. Financial Times.
  4. BM&FBOVESPA appoints executive for its London operations. BM&F Bovespa.
  5. Former ICAP executive to lead BM&F’s European unit. The Trade News.
  6. BM&FBOVESPA appoints executive for its London operations. BM&F Bovespa.
  7. Cathy Lyall working with LSE on new launch. FOW.
  8. ICAP’s Head of Exchange Projects Cathryn Lyall Leaves. Bloomberg.
  9. ICAP appoints Cathryn Lyall as COO of Exchange Projects. ICAP.
  10. Icap Boosts Exchange Play. Wall Street Journal.
  11. Prominent People. Futures Industry Magazine.
  12. Cathryn Lyall. LinkedIn.
  13. Happenings at the Trust.
  14. Board of Advisors. London Capital Club.
  15. Cathryn Lyall. LinkedIn.
  16. Financial News' Top 100 Women. Financial News.