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.

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.

12 Oct 2020
Deirdre Somers joins board of UK-based stock exchange Aquis
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Aquis Exchange, a UK-based share trading platform for European shares, has appointed former Dublin stock market chief Deirdre Somers to its board, adding to her non-executive roles since stepping down from the Irish exchange two years ago.

“Deirdre is a true expert in public market structure, regulation and products, with a particular strength in European markets,” said Niki Beattie, chair of Aquis. “Her experience will be extremely valuable to Aquis as we continue on our journey to become the leading exchange services group in Europe.”

12 Oct 2020
Aquis Exchange appoints independent non-executive director
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… Somers has a deep knowledge of EU market structure and market regulation. She was President of the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE) between 2015 and 2018 and she is also a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Commenting on the appointment, Niki Beattie, Chair of Aquis, says: “Deirdre is a true expert in public market structure, regulation and products, with a particular strength in European markets. Her experience will be extremely valuable to Aquis as we continue on our journey to become the leading exchange services group in Europe. It is a testament to the growing profile of Aquis that we have been able to attract a candidate of such quality to our Board.” …

12 Oct 2020
Aquis Exchange appoints Deirdre Somers to its Board
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…Ms Somers has vast understanding of EU market structure and market regulation. She was President of the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE) between 2015 and 2018 and she is also a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Commenting on the appointment, Niki Beattie, Chair of Aquis, said:

“Deirdre is a true expert in public market structure, regulation and products, with a particular strength in European markets. Her experience will be extremely valuable to Aquis as we continue on our journey to become the leading exchange services group in Europe. It is a testament to the growing profile of Aquis that we have been able to attract a candidate of such quality to our Board.”…

12 Oct 2020
Former Irish Stock Exchange chief joins Aquis as non-executive director
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…“Deirdre is a true expert in public market structure, regulation, and products, with a particular strength in European markets. Her experience will be extremely valuable to Aquis as we continue on our journey to become the leading exchange services group in Europe,” said chair of Aquis Exchange Niki Beattie. “It is a testament to the growing profile of Aquis that we have been able to attract a candidate of such quality to our Board.”…

08 Oct 2020
Study warns European Commission to learn from US when developing EU tape
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Europe should learn lessons from the US when creating an EU consolidated tape, a study undertaken on behalf of the European Commission has concluded.

Market Structure Partners, which conducted the report, recommended the Commission moves ahead with forming a post-trade EU tape for equity and debt markets with legislative changes to require the data to be consolidated in law. …

07 Oct 2020
EU should mandate single provider for consolidated tape – MSP study
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“A study undertaken on behalf of the European Commission recommends the creation of a single EU consolidated tape provider for financial market data….

The study, conducted by Market Structure Partners, contends that a consolidated tape that could save end investors billions of euros can be built for as little as €11 million with annual running costs of between €7-€9 million.

Set up and running costs could be funded by a fee levied on trading venues and systematic internalisers.

Niki Beattie, CEO off MSP, says: “It’s scary to hear the stories of so many market participants struggling without good data. Asset managers who manage trillions of euros of assets on behalf of investors say they have sub-optimal data with which to do their jobs, risk managers of even the largest firms speak of the difficulty of monitoring the markets without consolidated data and regulators struggle to compile data sets to undertake basic regulatory calculations and perform the required oversight.” …”

07 Oct 2020
Share trade archive would slash investor costs, study for EU says
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LONDON (Reuters) – A pan-European Union record of stock and bond trades would cost 11 million euros (£10.02 million) to build and save investors billions, a study commissioned by the bloc said on Wednesday.

A record, known as a “consolidated tape” or CT, would collate prices and volumes of shares and bonds traded on multiple platforms to help investors make better decisions, and provide regulators with improved data to spot market abuses. …

“There is high demand for CT data and the benefits of delivering the data clearly outweigh the cost of implementing it,” the study by [Market Structure Partners] consultants said. …

07 Oct 2020
EU-backed study calls for new body to track equities trades
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“An EU-backed report has called for a new self-regulatory body to track equities and debt trades and impose fines on exchanges and brokers that provide poor data, in an effort to bolster the region’s capital markets in the wake of the UK’s departure from the bloc.

A so-called consolidated tape, bundling together data from Europe’s patchwork of more than 30 exchanges and trading venues, has long been a goal of Brussels.

But the new report, by UK consultancy Market Structure Partners, suggests for the first time that enhancing this with the power to levy fines would take the EU closer to the US model for regulating market data.

“Being able to enforce the standards, not just technical but operational, and rules is critical if Europe wants to succeed in building deeper capital markets,” said the consultancy’s chief executive Niki Beattie, who wrote the report. …”

28 Jun 2020
Are the days of open-outcry trading at the LME numbered?
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…”This is a wake-up call that the status quo is no longer the way forward,” said Niki Beattie, chief executive of consultant Market Structure Partners…