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FT Partners Advises Chi-X Global on its Strategic Financing

Overview of Transaction
  • On October 18, 2011, Chi-X Global, a subsidiary of Instinet, announced the closing of the sale of a minority stake to five major financial institutions, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, GETCO, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Quantlab Group
  • Chi-X Global is the holdco for and operates Chi-X Canada, Chi-X Japan and Chi-X Australia, which will launch on October 31, 2011
  • It also operates Chi-East (a joint venture with the Singapore Exchange), an independent, non-displayed liquidity pool in Singapore, and the Chi-FX product, which has been developed in a venture with BM&F Bovespa
  • Terms of the transaction were not disclosed
Significance of Transaction
  • This investment demonstrates the commitment of Chi-X Global's investors to fostering positive change through market innovation and the introduction of further competition and efficiencies to markets worldwide
  • By bringing advanced technology, higher speeds and lower trading costs to new markets, Chi-X Global is vastly improving global trading infrastructure to the benefit of all market participants
  • Instinet Incorporated, a Nomura Group company, remains the largest equity holder in Chi-X Global through a subsidiary company
FT Partners' Role
  • FT Partners served as exclusive strategic and financial advisor to Chi-X Global and Instinet in this transaction
  • Demonstrates FT Partners' continued excellence advising technologically-advanced capital markets infrastructure providers and as the independent advisor of choice for consortiums backed by major financial institutions
  • Highlights FT Partners' continued strength in the Securities and Capital Markets Technology sector