A Focus on Quality Markets
Great Technology Backed by Great People
Today’s markets are nearly all electronic, but it’s the people behind the technology that matters. Setting Bats Europe apart from the competition is a team of market and technology professionals that develop and oversee our markets, known as being among the most resilient and reliable in the industry. Bats has built its reputation on building world-class technology that delivers results and a team that provides best-in-class customer service.
Regulated Exchange with World-Class Market Surveillance and Supervision
Bats adheres to the highest principles to operate fair and orderly markets. As a Recognised Investment Exchange (RIE) that is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Bats' regulatory responsibilities are the same as that of the other recognised European exchanges such as the London Stock Exchange and Euronext. Bats supports legislative and regulatory actions under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) guidelines for automated markets. A world-class pan-European market surveillance and supervision team oversees the Bats markets to ensure fair and orderly trading, which underscores Bats' dedication to promoting a resilient framework for the trading of European equities.
Liquidity and Price Improvement
Bats market participants trade with a variety of strategies to create a healthy ecosystem of liquidity – essential to operating competitive, balanced markets. With a focus on participant diversity, Bats has built multiple pools of liquidity that often offer the tightest quoted spread, a price better than offered at the primary exchanges, from large caps names to smaller stocks.
Innovative Tools to Manage Risk
Fundamental to ensuring markets remain resilient is a multi-layered approach to risk management, including various risk checks in place both at the customer and exchange level through the life of an order. Bats offers customers a suite of risk management tools designed to help customers mitigate risk, which helps to keep markets orderly and safe.
Smart, Cost-Effective Solutions for Navigating Fragmented Markets
Investors in today’s competitive, fragmented European marketplace face a number of complexities beyond executing a trade. Through a consultative approach with the industry, Bats has identified and developed solutions that address front and back office concerns, including a flexible post-trade model to keep clearing costs manageable; competitively priced pan-European equities market data; an efficient, cost-effective pan-European trade reporting solution; and enhancing transparency and liquidity for European ETF issuers and investors.