LONDON, Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BATS Chi-X Europe today announced that the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF (Ticker: IEEM) and the iShares MSCI World Minimum Volatility UCITS ETF (Ticker: MVOL) began trading on BATS Chi-X Europe's Regulated Market.
iShares is the exchange-traded funds (ETF) platform of BlackRock, the global asset manager. BATS Chi-X Europe is the largest pan-European equities exchange by market share and notional value traded.
BATS Chi-X Europe CEO Mark Hemsley said: "With the launch of the first iShares ETFs, on the exchange, market participants now have access to the many benefits and efficiencies of our pan-European reach.
"We are pleased to share this milestone with our partners at iShares and see this as an important step in our ongoing commitment to improve liquidity and transparency in exchange-traded products for the pan-European trading community," he added.
BATS Chi-X Europe is implementing initiatives targeted at enhancing the European ETF market by working closely with issuers, investors and trading participants to bring innovation to the market, whilst addressing the need for more transparency and liquidity in ETFs.
Among its innovations is the Competitive Liquidity Provider (CLP) program, which was pioneered by BATS for its U.S. listings business, and is designed to incentivise market makers to provide the quality of order books required to attract a diverse range of investors to issuers' products. Additional information on the BATS Chi-X Europe's listings, CLP program and ETF strategy are available at www.batstrading.co.uk/etfs.
As a Recognised Investment Exchange, BATS Chi-X Europe is authorised to operate a Regulated Market for primary and secondary listings alongside its existing secondary markets' trading business. BATS Chi-X Europe was granted Recognised Investment Exchange status by the Financial Conduct Authority in May 2013.
Companies interested in learning more about BATS Chi-X Europe listings may email SalesEurope@bats.com.
About BATS Global Markets
BATS Global Markets, Inc. is a leading operator of securities markets in the U.S. and Europe. In the U.S., BATS operates two stock exchanges, the BATS BZX Exchange and BYX Exchange; BATS Options, a U.S. equity options market; and the BATS 1000 Index, an innovative U.S. equities market benchmark. The BATS BZX Exchange is a primary listings venue for exchange-traded products. In Europe, BATS Chi-X Europe, a Recognised Investment Exchange regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority, and the largest pan-European equities exchange by market share and value traded, offers trading in more than 3,600 equities across 25 indices and 15 major European markets and a listings venue for exchange-traded products. The company is headquartered in the Kansas City, Mo. area, with additional offices in New York and London. For more information, visit www.bats.com.
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BlackRock is a leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide. At September 30, 2013, BlackRock's AUM was $4.096 trillion. BlackRock helps clients meet their goals and overcome challenges with a range of products that include separate accounts, mutual funds, iShares® (exchange-traded funds), and other pooled investment vehicles. BlackRock also offers risk management, advisory and enterprise investment system services to a broad base of institutional investors through BlackRock Solutions®. Headquartered in New York City, as of September 30, 2013, the firm had approximately 11,200 employees in 30 countries and a major presence in key global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and Africa. For additional information, please visit the Company's website at www.blackrock.com.
iShares is the global product leader in exchange traded funds with over 600 funds globally across equities, fixed income and commodities, which trade on 20 exchanges worldwide. The iShares Funds are bought and sold like common stocks on securities exchanges. The iShares Funds are attractive to many individual and institutional investors and financial intermediaries because of their relative low cost, tax efficiency and trading flexibility. Investors can purchase and sell shares through any brokerage firm, financial advisor, or online broker, and hold the funds in any type of brokerage account. The iShares customer base consists of the institutional segment of pension plans and fund managers, as well as the retail segment of financial advisors and high net worth individuals.
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