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NYSE Euronext
Founded April 2007
Headquarters New York and Paris
Key People N/A
Employees N/A
Products Cash equities, futures and options on interest rates, equity indexes, bonds and commodities, and market data

The Intercontinental Exchange acquired NYSE Euronext in 2013. In June 2014, Euronext detached itself from ICE and from NYSE through an IPO. ICE sold the last of its shares in Euronext, completing its exit from the business, in December 2014. NYSE and Euronext are now separate businesses.

NYSE Euronext was the holding company created by the combination of NYSE Group, Inc. (parent of the New York Stock Exchange) and Euronext N.V. It was acquired by the Intercontinental Exchange on November 4, 2013 in a deal that created the world's second-largest exchange operator by valuation.[1] [2] [3] [4]

In June 2014, Euronext detached itself from ICE and from NYSE through an IPO. ICE sold the last of its shares in Euronext, completing its exit from the business, in December 2014. NYSE and Euronext are now separate businesses.

NYSE Euronext was launched on April 4, 2007. The merger created the first transatlantic stock and derivatives exchange - following a fierce takeover battle for control of Euronext between the NYSE Group and Deutsche Boerse - and incorporates the world's largest cash equities exchange and the third-ranked futures platform.[5]

NYSE Euronext's equities markets—the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext, NYSE MKT, NYSE Alternext and NYSE Arca—represented one-third of the world's equities trading. Together they offered trading, clearing and settlement in approximately 8,000 listed issues (excluding European Structured Products) from more than 55 countries. NYSE Euronext also operated the derivatives exchanges NYSE Liffe in Europe, and NYSE Liffe U.S. Those two exchanges were separated from NYSE Euronext and their products transitioned to ICE Futures U.S. and ICE Clear U.S. beginning June 9, 2014.

New York Portfolio Clearing, LLC was a joint venture between DTCC and NYSE Euronext.[6]

NYSE Euronext was ranked as the world's fouth-largest derivatives exchange by contract volume in 2012, putting it below the National Stock Exchange of India and above the Korea Exchange, according to the annual Futures Industry Association's survey of the world's leading derivatives exchanges, released in March 2013.

Acquisitions and Partnerships[edit]

  • In June of 2009 NYSE Euronext closed a deal with the State of Qatar to turn the Doha Securities Market (DSM) into an international cash and derivatives exchange. NYSE Euronext invested $200 million for a 20 percent stake in DSM. NYSE Euronext and Qatar Holding rebranded the Doha Securities Market as "The Qatar Exchange".[7] [8] The exchange uses NYSE Euronext technology for its cash and derivatives markets.[9]
  • NYSE Euronext acquired the American Stock Exchange (Amex) in October of 2008. It briefly changed the name of Amex to NYSE Alternext in December 2008, but then rebranded it as NYSE Amex in March of 2009.[10] The total cost of the deal was $260 million in NYSE Euronext common stock, plus additional shares for Amex members of NYSE Euronext common stock based on the net proceeds from the expected sale of Amex’s lower Manhattan headquarters.[11][12] On June 17, 2008, NYSE Euronext and Amex announced that members of The Amex Membership Corporation (AMC) had approved the adoption of the merger agreement between AMC and NYSE Euronext and some subsidiaries.[13]
  • Through its affiliate Euronext NV, NYSE Euronext acquired a 5 percent equity position in the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX), India’s largest commodity derivatives exchange, in July of 2008. The 5 percent equity investment was the maximum equity interest permitted by a single foreign investor in exchanges under current Indian law.[14] NYSE Euronext held a 4.73 percent stake in September 2013 but sold almost all of it off in the fourth quarter of 2013 after MCX fell into regulatory troubles.[15]
  • On Nov. 6, 2008, NYSE Euronext announced it had signed a development partnership with the Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange as part of the exchange’s “major expansion in Asia.”[16]
  • NYSE Euronext developed its Universal Trading Platform, an electronic trading platform, and began trading NYSE Euronext's European bond markets in December 2008. The platform rolled out across its cash equities, options and futures markets in the US and Europe during 2009.
  • In January 2009, NYSE Euronext received approval for a joint venture with BIDS Trading to launch a new block trading venue to allow dark orders on BIDS to interact with displayed and reserve orders on NYSE. The venue is set to launch on Jan. 29, 2009, and to be called The New York Block Exchange (NYBX). It will operate as a facility of NYSE and be accessible via BIDS Trading and open to all NYSE members.[17]
  • In July of 2009, it was revealed that NYSE Euronext, along with the White House and Pentagon, had been the subject of "denial of service" cyber attacks. The exchange issued a statement saying that such an attack had not and could not impact the trading and data systems of NYSE Euronext markets, which operate on private networks. The exchange said it would continue to work with authorities on the situation.[20]
  • On Aug. 27, 2009, NYSE Euronext said it would buy NYFIX Inc. in a $144 million all-cash transaction to bolster its trading technology. NYSE Technologies, Inc. (a subsidiary of NYSE Euronext), will acquire the New York-based company at $1.675 per share, roughly a 95 percent premium over NYFIX's most recent 86 cents-per-share closing price.[21]
  • On May 12, 2010, NYSE Euronext said that it would terminate its contract with LCH.Clearnet and start clearing its trades in-house.[22]
  • In June 2010, NYSE Euronext sold a trading platform to the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE). Polish Treasury Minister Aleksander Grad said earlier in June that the WSE was in talks with a strategic partner that may, after the company's initial public offering planned for November, buy a minority stake in the exchange from the Treasury.[23]
  • In July 2010, the exchange launched a new London-based securities market, NYSE Euronext London.[25] Similar to its existing Continental Europe venue, the new launch aims to attract international issuers looking to list in London. NYSE Euronext London offers international issuers the opportunity to list shares and depositary receipts on the Official List of the UK Listing Authority. In addition, issuers will benefit from access to a broad investor base and having their securities trade on NYSE Euronext’s Universal Trading Platform that connects all its European securities markets. This provides international issuers access to the largest equity market in Europe with a combined market capitalization of 3.3 trillion euro and over 6 billion euro of equity securities traded daily.[26]
  • In early August 2010, CEO Duncan Niederauer said expansion of the exchange group's U.S. derivatives business would likely be delayed until 2011 due to a regulatory logjam in response to the May 6 flash crash and the financial reform bill signed into law in July. Niederauer said it may be January before its U.S. futures arm can launch new interest-rate products because regulators have to first approve its plans for a new clearinghouse.[28]
  • In early February 2011, Deutsche Boerse and NYSE Euronext announced that they were in "advanced talks" to merge.[29] The proposed deal would give Deutsche Boerse's shareholders 60 percent control and create a global exchange "behemoth" with more than $20 trillion in annual trading volume.[30]
  • On April 1, 2011, Nasdaq OMX and ICE made a counter-offer to acquire NYSE Euronext for $11.3 billion, a 19 percent premium over the price proposed by Deutsche Boerse.[31] As part of the proposal, ICE would purchase NYSE Euronext’s derivatives businesses, and NASDAQ OMX would retain NYSE Euronext’s remaining businesses, including the NYSE Euronext stock exchanges in New York, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Lisbon, as well as the U.S. options business. ICE and NASDAQ OMX would continue to operate as separate businesses.[32] NYSE Euronext continued to rebuff repeated takeover attempts from Nasdaq OMX and ICE, maintaining that their counter-offer did not "provide compelling value" and had "unacceptable execution risk." [33]
  • In July 2011, Deutsche Boerse won shareholder support for its $9 billion merger with NYSE Euronext, clearing one of the biggest hurdles to the merger. More than 80 percent of the outstanding shares of Deutsche Boerse approved the tender offer.[34]
  • On Aug. 1, 2011, NYSE Euronext made a strategic acquisition of provider of market access products Metabit in an effort to accelerate growth in Asia. It was announced that Metabit would operate as a product line within the NYSE Technologies portfolio. The transaction was expected to close in third quarter of 2011. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.[35]
  • In January of 2013, Russell Indexes and NYSE Euronex announced a global alliance that would span three distinct NYSE Euronext business lines and multiple geographies, as well as several facets of Russell’s global index business. The agreement included the transition of RussellTick, an index feed for real-time, intra-day values for the Russell family of indexes in the U.S. and globally, to NYSE Technologies’ Global Index Feed (GIF) protocol and extensive global distribution. Approximately $3.9 trillion in assets are currently benchmarked to the Russell Indexes globally. The alliance also included a commitment to develop additional joint global services and products, such as new index-based options.[36]

Data Center[edit]

On August 27, 2010, NYSE Euronext's U.S. data center in Mahwah, N.J. completed the migration of more than 4,500 equities issues listed on the New York Stock Exchange and NYSE Amex. NYSE Euronext completed the transition to Mahwah of NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex options, as well as NYSE Arca equities, in April of 2011.[37]


Jeffrey Sprecher became the CEO of NYSE Euronext when the Intercontinental Exchange bought NYSE Euronext in December of 2013. He took over that position from Duncan Niederauer, who became NYSE Euronext's president.

Dominique Cerutti had been with NYSE Euronext since December 2009. He became president, deputy CEO and head of Global Technology in January 2010, replacing former deputy CEO Jean-Francois Théodore.

Other former senior executives included:

Jan-Michiel Hessels, chairman of Euronext’s supervisory board, was appointed as chairman of NYSE Euronext following the merger, with NYSE Group chairman Marshall Carter becoming deputy chairman.

Contract Volume[edit]

NYSE Euronext was ranked as the world's fourth-largest derivatives exchange by contract volume in 2012, maintaining their position from 2010, according to the Futures Industry Association's annual survey of the world's leading derivatives exchanges.[38]

NYSE Group Companies[edit]

NYSE Group, formed in connection with the March 2006 merger of the NYSE and Archipelago is a leading provider of securities listing, trading and related information products and services.

Euronext Companies[edit]

Euronext, a relatively new financial entity when compared to some of the stalwarts in the industry, was formed on Sept. 22, 2000. Euronext was the first genuinely cross-border exchange organization. Following the merger of the Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels exchanges in 2000, Euronext acquired the London-based derivatives market, the London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange, and merged with the Portuguese exchange, BVLP, in 2002. As a result, Euronext now operates regulated cash and derivatives markets in Belgium, France, the UK (derivatives only), the Netherlands and Portugal. NYSE Euronext now refers to all of its European derivatives markets as Liffe.

Euronext has integrated its constituent markets based on a horizontal market model designed to incorporate the individual strengths and assets of each local market. This business model covers technological integration, the reorganization of activities into cross-border, strategic business units and the harmonization of market rules and the regulatory framework.

Euronext’s IT integration was completed in 2004, when a four-year migration plan resulted in harmonized IT platforms for cash trading (NSC) and derivatives trading (LIFFE CONNECT), providing market participants a single point of access to trading. Euronext’s IT structure was rationalized in 2005 with the creation of Atos Euronext Market Solutions (AEMS), an IT services-related vehicle between Euronext and Atos Origin.

The company formed Alternext in 2005 to help small and mid-class companies in the Eurozone seek financing. In April 2014 NYSE Euronext announced that it would wind down Alternext Amsterdam by the end of the year, or as soon as possible thereafter. The exchangae said that market participants in Amsterdam clearly preferred the regulated Euronext market over Alternext. [46]

Liffe is one of the largest futures and options exchanges in the world. It operates a globally distributed central order book for its products through the LIFFE CONNECT electronic trading platform and, since October 2005, Bclear, which is a service that allows transactions that are executed off-exchange to be brought to Liffe for trade confirmation administration and clearing subject to the rules of the exchange.

During the first 10 months of 2007, Liffe volume totaled 799 million contracts, up 29 percent from a comparable period in 2006. Aggregate open interest across all products as of the end of October was 83.8 million contracts.

NYSE Euronext Retail Liquidity Program[edit]

On July 3, 2012, NYSE Euronext received approval form the SEC to establish a Retail Liquidity Program, a market solution for improving retail equities trading order flow by increasing cost savings and improving prices for individual investors. The execution alternative differentiates itself from other platforms by publicly indicating when price improving liquidity is available in the markets.The program, expected to begin later this summer, will direct trades from retail investors onto a special platform where trading firms will bid to offer them the best price. The result will create two new classes of market participants:

  • Retail Liquidity Providers (RLPs), services that would be required to price improvements for certain retail orderflow in a form of interest that is better than the best protected bid/offer. RLPs would receive certain economic benefits in exchange for meeting obligations.
  • Retail Member Organizations (RMOs), organizations that would be eligible to submit retail orders to the Exchange.

NYSE will disseminate an indication whenever there is liquidity available at a price better that the PBBO to the Consolidated Quote System and its proprietary feeds. The exchange plans to send out semi-blind messages called “retail liquidity identifiers,” or liquidity flags, to participants. The messages divulge symbol and side, but not size or price. Market Makers will be allowed to post hidden quotes in sub-penny increments that may only be traded against by qualified retail brokers.[48]

See More: NYSE Retail Liquidity Program

NYSE Euronext Business Breakdown by Revenue[edit]

Based on third-quarter 2007 non-GAAP net revenues (excluding activity assessment fees, and liquidity payments, routing and clearing fees) NYSE Euronext revenues from its primary business activities are represented below as a percentage of total net revenues[49]:

  • Derivatives trading accounts for 25 percent
  • European cash trading accounts for 18 percent
  • U.S. cash trading accounts for 12 percent
  • Market data accounts for 13 percent
  • Listing accounts for 12 percent


Past members of the board of directors have included:[50]


Each of NYSE Euronext’s markets is regulated in accordance with local requirements. The merger was negotiated in such a way that no additional requirements were necessary for listed companies, in particular for European issuers who had been guaranteed the maintenance of their own regulatory framework and protection against the application of American law, in particular the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.[51][52]

In July 2007, the member regulation, enforcement and arbitration operations of the New York Stock Exchange combined with the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) to form the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).[53] FINRA, the securities industry's largest non-governmental regulatory organization, is responsible for conducting the regulatory oversight of the more than 5,000 securities firms and 666,000 registered representatives in the United States.

Flash Crash Response[edit]

On July 15, 2010, NYSE Arca filed with the SEC to introduce a new price collar designed to safeguard the execution of market orders. The new collar will prevent market orders to buy stock from executing or routing to another trading venue at a price above the collar.[54] Conversely, market orders to sell will not execute or route at a price below the trading collar. The collar for issues priced at $25 or less will be 10 percent above or below the last trade price; for issues priced above $25 up to and including $50, the collar will be 5 percent; and for issues above $50, the collar will be 3 percent. These limits also will help prevent erroneous trades from inadvertently triggering the individual-stock circuit breakers introduced last month, and are consistent with those in the newly implemented rules concerning the cancellation of erroneous trades.

The collar was the latest in a series of steps[55] by the exchange aimed at protecting investors against a repeat of the May 6, 2010, record decline in the stock market, which came to be known as the "flash crash."

Other actions:

  • A pilot program of circuit breakers for individual issues was first rolled out on June 11 for stocks in the Standard & Poor's 500.
  • An expansion of the above pilot program to cover 344 exchange traded products plus all stocks in the Russell 1000 index is planned for later this month, pending SEC approval.
  • All markets have proposed amendments to existing rules concerning clearly erroneous trades, to make the cancellation of such trades -- when they occur in connection with an individual stock circuit breaker -- transparent and predictable for market participants.
  • NYSE Arca has revised its market order routing to further enhance its interaction with the New York Stock Exchange when a Liquidity Replenishment Point has been reached and other individual-stock safeguards imposed by primary markets.


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