Strategy in action

Our ambition remains consistent - to become a leader in global markets infrastructure. We are focused on positioning our Group as an innovative, customer-focused organisation that delivers leading financial markets infrastructure services
on a global basis.

Our strategy, and our activities, based on the Group today are aligned to three strategic pillars: driving global growth; developing our partnership approach; and delivering best-in-class capabilities.

Strategy Progress - Selected Examples
Driving global growth Our commitment to continuing dynamic expansion across the value chain, products and geographies, and maximising value across the Group’s businesses
  • Acquisition of Mergent Inc. (completed in January 2017), a leading provider of business and financial information on public and private companies
  • Remain on track to achieve FTSE Russell cost and revenue synergy targets ahead of schedule
  • Further expansion of ELITE programme, including high-growth companies joining from new European and global geographies
  • Launch of first ETF in Europe by an independent Chinese issuer on London Stock Exchange
  • Receipt of regulatory approvals by LCH in Hong Kong and Singapore, enabling firms to clear at LCH in order to comply with clearing mandates in these countries
  • Launch of LSEG Africa Advisory Group, which brings together senior African business leaders and organisations to deliver empirically grounded, actionable and Africa-specific policy recommendations
  • Singapore Exchange’s central depository business went live with MillenniumIT PostTrade platform
Developing our partnership approach A crucial difference between the Group and a number of our competitors. Together with our Open Access philosophy, and driven by continued innovation, this creates optionality to develop commercial and corporate opportunities amidst ongoing industry and regulatory change
  • Turquoise and Plato Partnership enter cooperation agreement for European equity block trading services
  • Go-live of CurveGlobal, a new interest rate derivatives joint venture in partnership with major dealer banks and CBOE
  • Launch of TradeEcho, a new multi-asset class MiFID II Trade Reporting solution, in partnership with Boat Services
  • ELITE Morocco launched in partnership with the Casablanca Stock Exchange
  • Announcement of plans to launch LCH SwapAgent, a new service designed to simplify the processing, margining and settlement of non-cleared derivatives
  • ELITE Connect and OpenExchange partner to boost video conferencing between investors and issuers across Europe and the US
Delivering best in class capabilities We continue to develop our skills, tools and assets to ensure we are able to capitalise on emerging customer needs – driving increased operational efficiency so we always execute on time, and to budget
  • Completed the sale of Russell Investment Management to TA Associates and Reverence Capital Partners
  • Launch of ELITE Club Deal, a new private placement platform for ELITE companies and professional investors
  • Successful roll-out of the Group Ticker Plant real time market data platform, developed by MillenniumIT
  • Introduction of London Stock Exchange daily intra-day auction following comprehensive, market-wide consultation
  • Launch of FTSE Russell’s ground-breaking low carbon economy (LCE) data model, tracking companies that generate green revenues
  • Opening of new state-of-the-art LSEG technology facility in Colombo