Market Structure Partners’ clients have included some of the world’s leading investment banks, exchanges, alternative trading platforms and clearing houses.

We have also advised a number of high frequency firms, asset managers, private equity firms and hedge funds.

Learn more about what we do.

Our Clients

Our philosophy is that nothing beats practical experience and being able to understand our clients’ perspective.

Market Structure Partners’ clients have included some of the world’s leading investment banks, exchanges, alternative trading platforms and clearing houses.

We have also advised a number of high frequency firms, asset managers, private equity firms and hedge funds.

We are discreet and safeguard client confidentiality to maintain trust and integrity at all times. Your outcomes are important to us and we are delighted to have received the following feedback from our clients:

“Your team gave us tremendous insight into the financial markets infrastructure and it was something that the larger consultancies we use could not have matched…”
“The report you prepared was excellent and helped us to clarify the next steps in our strategy…”
“…your understanding of how we should position ourselves at such a critical time was exceptional and helped drive us to find the right long term solution.”
“We feel very lucky to have been introduced to your team so early on in our project and have not just appreciated your strategic contribution but also very much enjoyed working with you…”

Our Services

We offer unbiased and independent insight into global capital market structure.

Our specialist insight of financial market structure and practical knowledge provides our clients with an unmatched understanding of the infrastructure that underpins the capital markets; the participants, the providers and regulatory issues. Our team has first hand experience of the technological aspects of the industry and the key drivers for change.

Our knowledge and expertise is derived from many years of experience in senior management positions in both buy and sell side firms. Since inception we have managed a broad spectrum of assignments. Typical examples of the work we undertake include:

Project Management & Support:

  • New trading or trading platform entities setup
  • Preparing and securing regulatory approvals
  • Appropriate hires for staffing
  • Securing third party providers and vendors
  • Securing design and support for technology development
Regular briefings for research departments and analysts on financial market infrastructure topics
Tailored reports on specific industry issues
Systems evaluations and selection

Market Models:

  • Advice on issues
  • Proposed enhancements for regulators and exchanges
Market Positioning for products in the trading lifecycle
Acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures
Educational sessions for those wanting to learn more about financial markets
Company set up and consortium management

Our Impact

Harnessing Market Structure Partners’ expertise enables our clients to make informed decisions that can lead to real change in the future of financial markets.

Case Study 1: International Cost Benchmark Review (October 2014)

MSP independently benchmarked the costs of trading, clearing and settlement in 18 different global markets against costs in Australia. The report was commissioned by 10 market participants in preparation for a consultation about the possibility of allowing competition in clearing in Australia. The report provided context of different market structures and detail around clearing and risk management models.

The report contributed to a decision made in 2016 to allow competition in clearing in Australia. Read more on this and download the report here.

Case Study 2: European Commission Study on improving the market performance of business information services regarding listed SMEs

MSP was the lead financial markets expert in a consortium that was selected to provide an evidence-oriented study based on substantive field research in addition to desk research. The study analysed the industry for the provision of commercial business information services and followed the sequence of:

  1. Literature review
  2. Data collection and analysis including 5 cases studies across UK, France, Czech Republic, Australia and Sweden
  3. Assessment of industry competitiveness and market performance
  4. Analysis of regulatory and other framework conditions
  5. Scenario building and policy recommendations.

Read more on this and download the report here.

The final report was published and can be read here.


An unmatched understanding, authoritative views and intelligence

Market Structure Partners provides meaningful yet understandable reports, offering industry insights based on extensive experience, interviews and research.

Reports currently available:

Quantifying the Future: Investment Recommendations Go Digital – December 2016

Our exploration of the increasing use of quantitative techniques in asset management combined with regulatory change to the handling of investment recommendations led us to compelling conclusions that will see significant change to the industry.

Read more here.

International Cost Benchmark Review – October 2014

As detailed in the case study above; an independent report into the costs of trading by Market Structure Partners; commissioned by 10 leading Australian clearing participants.

Read more here.

Improving the Market Performance of Business Information Services Regarding Listed SMEs – July 2014

Market Structure Partners provided the financial markets expertise for the European Commission’s study in understanding the full impact of commercial business information services on listed SMEs. This report contributed to the thinking behind the Commission’s plan for the Capital Markets Union.

Read more here.

Can’t See the Wood for the Trees? The Myths and Realities of European Equity Trading

The aim of this report is to promote a wider understanding of the current state of the European equity market and its evolution which has brought us to the present status quo. It explains why, in the context of this evolution, there is less reason for knee jerk reaction and more time needed for a considered response to certain developments of the market and why perhaps other more fundamental issues should be addressed. The focus is on Europe but, with markets also becoming increasingly global, the development of the US market plays a significant part in illuminating parts of the story.

Read more here.


We can help to navigate European financial markets regulation.

Financial markets regulation is a complex and growing sphere in which our extensive experience and consistent engagement uniquely positions us to offer meaningful guidance to our wide range of clients.

Our knowledge and engagement with regulatory legislation is wide, however, we aim to provide some guidance in key areas such as MiFID II, EMIR and the Capital Markets Union. We are also keeping a close eye on developments as the UK prepares to leave the EU. Visit our pages at our dedicated Market Structure area.

Our International Work

Market Structure Partners is proud to work with firms all over the world. Hover over our map to see examples of the clients we work with.