Market Structure Partners’ CEO Niki Beattie is often quoted in the financial press on a wide range of international market regulation issues. Find all the links to the articles below.

Niki Beattie is also regularly featured in video interviews across the media and at industry events.

03 Nov 2020
An appropriately constructed Consolidated Tape could help build deeper ​and more open capital markets in Europe*
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3 November 2020 – EFAMA and EFSA welcome the publication of a Market Structure Partners Study on the Creation of an EU Consolidated Tape which addresses the challenges, demand, benefits and proposed architecture for consolidating European financial market data.

We believe that an appropriately constructed consolidated tape (“CT”) could help to build deeper and more open capital markets in Europe. In line with the European Commission’s vision for the Capital Markets Union, a key aim should be to democratise access across European markets to provide all investors regardless of resources or sophistication with a comprehensive and standardised view of European trading.

Our members do not believe that a CT is the solution to the concerning issue of increasing market data costs. This issue must be addressed head-on, including through the proper enforcement of the MiFID II and MiFIR requirements, standardisation of pricelists, policies, audit procedures, etc.**, regardless of the existence of a CT.

The two issues are nevertheless connected as the commercial viability of the consolidated tape provider (CTP) will be closely connected to the price at which it obtains input data from trading venues and Approved Publication Arrangements (APAs) as well.

We look forward to engaging with the Commission and regulators over the coming months to address the challenges relating to the development of a CT and the issue of increasing market data costs.

31 Oct 2020
Stock-Trading Problems Push European Investors to Call for Data Changes
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Investors in Europe learned the hard way this month that key structural differences between some of the region’s main stock exchanges and their U.S. counterparts put them at a costly disadvantage when it comes to trading stocks.

The consolidated tape would save investors “billions of euros…provide better investment outcomes for investors [and] promote greater competition and resilience” among trading venues, said Niki Beattie, chief executive of Market Structure Partners and an independent, non executive chair at Aquis. Market Structure Partners, a U.K.-based consulting firm, in October published a report for the European Commission on the merits of establishing a consolidated tape. That followed a call in December from the European Securities and Markets Authority, the regional regulator, to establish a consolidated tape for stock quotes. …

30 Oct 2020
La centralisation des données post-marché redevient d’actualité/The centralization of post-trade data is once again relevant
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…Ces données sont importantes pour la mesure par l’investisseur final de la «best execution» par ses brokers intermédiaires, et plus largement pour l’évaluation de la liquidité par les investisseurs (et leurs intermédiaires) : ces derniers déplorent de devoir «s’appuyer sur des données sous-optimales» qui avantagent «un sous-ensemble d’intermédiaires financiers profitant d’un avantage potentiel des asymétries de données sur le marché», indique Niki Beattie, CEO de Market Structure Partners. …

…These data are important for the final investor to measure the “best execution” by his intermediary brokers, and more broadly for the assessment of liquidity by investors (and their intermediaries): the latter deplore having to “s’ relying on sub-optimal data ”which benefits“ a subset of financial intermediaries enjoying a potential advantage of data asymmetries in the market, ”says Niki Beattie, CEO of Market Structure Partners. …

21 Oct 2020
Outages Halting Trades Span Globe in Ugly Month for Bourses
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…While outages typically stem from a software failure, hardware issue or cyber attack, Euronext cited a “middleware” issue for the crash that halted trading in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Lisbon and Dublin.

“To use an analogy, the pilot used to have a dashboard and a joystick that moved the rudder but now there is a middle bit where the joystick sends instructions into a computer before the rudder gets moved,” said Niki Beattie, founder at Market Structure Partners. “When middleware goes wrong it is like the joystick falling off.”

21 Oct 2020
When stock exchanges malfunction, what keeps total chaos from taking hold?
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The outage was one of a few that’ve hit the financial services industry this year. The world’s third-largest stock exchange in Tokyo was taken down by a hardware failure on Oct. 1, hack attacks have hit New Zealand’s exchanges and a software glitch took down electronic trading in Germany this summer.

When tech problems plague these financial market platforms, what really happens on the inside? And how do officials ensure trade is smooth when it restarts? Niki Beattie, CEO of the consultancy Market Structure Partners, gave the BBC’s Victoria Craig the inside scoop on the global edition of “Marketplace Morning Report.”

20 Oct 2020
FILS Day 2: Heat around the consolidated bond tape
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…A European Commission study, managed by consultancy Market Structure Partners, was published in September and found that the greatest impediments to the development of a consolidated tape were:

  • The need to consolidate underlying data which is residing across many competing commercial entities, some with disproportionate economic leverage and conflicts of interest.
  • The lack of body to mandate conformance to a single set of technical operating standards for data generators and aggregators.
  • The lack of a single body to enforce standards and penalise poor behaviour, particularly to resolve data issues in real time, due to national competent authorities being responsible for European enforcement.

The paper recommended that Europe drive progress forward by creating a single, exclusive, consolidated tape provider to be run as an industry utility, governed by a broad set of data stakeholders and empowered by ESMA, to set and enforce market-wide standards and pricing of consolidated data. …

20 Oct 2020
The 100 Most Influential Women in European Finance 2020
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Niki Beattie, founder and CEO, Market Structure Partners
The former head of Emea market structure at Merrill Lynch, Beattie has broad influence across the trading and market infrastructure sector through the consultancy she set up 12 years ago and also a variety of board and advisory roles. Her views are frequently sought by the media and she has recently commented on Covid-19, Brexit and exchange consolidation. Beattie holds non-executive chair roles at both Aquis Exchange and XTX Markets. She is a director on the FICC Markets Standards Board and a member of Esma’s Secondary Markets Standing Committee. FN100W entries: 2007, 2010, 2012 -14, 2018

16 Oct 2020
EU Consolidated Tape Interview
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Scott Duxbury, co-founder of Nucleus 195 talks with with Niki Beattie, founder of Market Structure Partners to discuss her recent report on the EU consolidated tape report. Watch the full video by clicking the link below.

13 Oct 2020
Europa moet zo snel mogelijk centraal handelsdata gaan verzamelen / Europe must start collecting trade data centrally as soon as possible
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[English translation] The European stock and bond markets do not of their own accord with a central collection system for transaction data, so the European Union must take action itself. Such a so-called consolidated tape should have been around for a long time, and longer linger is not an option – even if laws and regulations are not yet completely in order. In case of further delay, cancellation threatens.

That is the firm conclusion of a report published Wednesday that the British consultancy Market Structure Partners (MSP) wrote on behalf of the European Commission. The authors argue for a central utility entity that derives its authority from the European market watchdog ESMA.

According to MSP, membership should be mandatory for market parties, and non-cooperation should be subject to fines. The forthcoming Brexit only reinforces the need for data consolidation, according to the consultancy….

13 Oct 2020
New direction: Former Irish Stock Exchange chief Somers named non-executive director at UK’s Aquis
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…Aquis noted that Ms Somers led the transformation of the Irish Stock Exchange from a “relatively small domestic equity exchange to a highly profitable plc with global specialisms”.

Aquis chairperson Niki Beattie welcomed Ms Somers’ appointment.

“Her experience will be extremely valuable to Aquis as we continue our journey to become the leading exchange services group in Europe,” she said.

Ms Somers is also a non-executive director of Irish mining firm Kenmare Resources, and is a non-executive director and audit committee member for Blackrock iShares.