What we do
London Stock Exchange Group (LSE.L) is a diversified international market infrastructure and capital markets business sitting at the heart of the world's financial community. The Group can trace its history back to 1698.
The Group operates a broad range of international equity, bond and derivatives markets, including London Stock Exchange; Borsa Italiana; MTS, Europe's leading fixed income market; and Turquoise, a pan-European equities MTF. It is also home to one of the world’s leading growth markets for SMEs, AIM. Through its platforms, the Group offers international business and investors unrivalled access to Europe's capital markets.
Post trade and risk management services are a significant part of the Group’s business operations. In addition to majority ownership of multi-asset global CCP operator, LCH Group, LSEG operates CC&G, the Italian clearing house; Monte Titoli, the T2S-ready European settlement business; and globeSettle, the Group’s newly established CSD based in Luxembourg.
The Group is a global leader in indexing and analytic solutions. FTSE Russell offers thousands of indexes that measure and benchmark markets around the world. The Group also provides customers with an extensive range of real time and reference data products, including SEDOL, UnaVista, and RNS.
London Stock Exchange Group is a leading developer of high performance trading platforms and capital markets software for customers around the world. In addition to the Group’s own markets, over 35 other organisations and exchanges use the Group’s MillenniumIT trading, surveillance and post trade technology.
Headquartered in London, with significant operations in North America, Italy, France and Sri Lanka, the Group employs approximately 4,700 people.
Our central economic function is to bring together companies and other issuers seeking capital with investors from around the world.
Our primary markets in London and Italy provide companies and other issuers of equity and debt from around the globe with cost efficient access to some of the world’s deepest and most liquid pools of capital.
Our systems provide fast and efficient trading, providing investors and institutions access to UK and Italian equities, pan-European equities (through Turquoise), international depositary receipts (on our International Order Book), European corporate and government bonds (fixed income) and equity and index derivatives (Italian, Norwegian, Russian and UK).
Our primary markets are home to a wide range of companies, from global and well known, to small and medium size enterprises. Our systems allow our members to electronically trade equities listed on our markets. The majority of trading takes place on our Main and AIM markets, both in London and Italy. Through Turquoise, traders can also access pan-European equities.
The Group’s MTS, MOT, ORB and EuroTLX markets provide platforms for the trading of European and US Government and corporate bonds.
Our success in running primary markets has enabled us to develop derivative markets for the trading of emerging market equity derivatives, particularly Russian derivatives. IDEM is our derivatives market for Italian equities; Turquoise trades International Order Book derivatives and has also launched FTSE 100 Index Futures and Options.
All of our businesses depend on technology that is secure, stable and performs to high levels of availability and throughput. With continued demand for new functionality and highly automated trading, we are investing to increase the capabilities of our trading services. With MillenniumIT, we have an agile, efficient, in-house IT development capability to serve the Group’s various businesses. MillenniumIT also sells and licenses the same exchange related technology and services to over 30 capital markets businesses across the globe.
POST TRADE SERVICES
The Group offers a full range of Post Trade services, providing risk management and efficiency for traders. Based in Italy, CC&G provides clearing services to a number of Group and other trading venues. Following completion of the acquisition of a majority stake in LCH in May 2013, the Group now has majority ownership of clearing services in the UK, continental Europe and the US. This business will be reported as a separate segment in future.
Real time data
We supply real time prices and trading data, creating the transparency and liquidity that are essential for market users. This data is of high value and is used and referenced by market participants and trading services. As well as providing feeds directly to clients, we also distribute through providers such as Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters. These providers incorporate our data with other information and sell it to trading firms, investors and institutions around the world.
FTSE Russell is a global index leader that provides innovative benchmarking, analytics and data solutions for investors worldwide. FTSE Russell calculates thousands of indexes that measure and benchmark markets and asset classes in more than 80 countries, covering 98% of the investable market globally.
Other information services
To facilitate efficient trading on our markets, we have developed a number of other reference, desktop and workflow products, which we provide to issuers, investors, traders, retail brokers and market makers. These services include:
SEDOL – unique security identifier numbering system
UnaVista – transaction matching and reconciliation service
RNS – Regulatory News Service