Niki Beattie began her career in financial markets in securities technology at Security Pacific/Bank of America and went on to work at Merrill Lynch for 14 years where she became Managing Director and Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa Market Structure. She is now CEO of Market Structure Partners, a firm she founded in 2008 which provides strategic advice on financial market structure issues to international trading platforms, clearing houses, technology firms and market participants.
In addition to her consulting work, Niki is on the Boards of both listed and private companies, as well as serving on two regulatory committees. She is:
- a Non Executive Director of IRESS, a listed Australian financial technology company
- the Non Executive Chairman for Aquis Exchange, a Pan European MTF
- a Non Executive Director of Kepler Cheuvreux International Ltd, a French brokerage
- a Non Executive Director of Borsa Istanbul, Turkey’s main Exchange
- a member of the Regulatory Decisions Committee of the UK Financial Conduct Authority
- a member of the Secondary Markets Advisory Committee of the European Securities Markets Authority
She was also previously a Non Executive Director of The Moscow Exchange whilst it went from IPO to the largest free float stock in Russia (2012 -2016).
At Merrill Lynch, Niki became a member of the European Equity Management team up and Head of Market Structure. Prior to that her experience included European, Middle East and Africa business development, implementing trading floor systems and running Merrill Lynch’s first electronic trading desk in Europe.
In her role as Head of Market Structure, Niki was responsible for the firm’s relationships and developments with the stock exchanges, multi-lateral trading facilities (MTFs) and clearing houses, all related cost management as well as advising the firm and their clients on the changes in equity and derivatives market structure. She was also responsible for identifying and implementing Merrill’s strategic investments in market structure and technology related companies.
Niki has been instrumental in creating competition and change in the European trading environment; spearheading the development of the trade reporting system BOAT, the Trade Ideas system and acting as a key founder of Virt-x and Turquoise, as well as working closely with the UK and European regulators on the evolution of MiFID. With experience across US, European and emerging markets, she has built a strong buy and sell side following for her knowledge and opinions on the subject of exchanges, clearing and electronic trading.
Since founding Market Structure Partners, clients have included some of the world’s leading trading venues and clearing houses, global and regional investment banks, high frequency trading firms, hedge funds, asset managers, private equity firms and government bodies.
Niki has a first class honours degree in Information Systems and Management.