Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced that LMAX Exchange, the first FSA regulated MTF for spot FX, has selected the Equinix London LD4/5 data center campus in Slough as its primary operational site. The move positions LMAX Exchange in the epicenter of institutional FX trading, further enhancing access to its award-winning trading technology, reinforcing superior execution capabilities.
Established to deliver the benefits of exchange execution, LMAX Exchange optimizes the FX trading strategies of buy and sell-side trading institutions by offering precise, consistent execution, transparent cost of trade and a level playing field for all market participants. As a result, clients benefit from superior low-latency trading with an average matching speed of 3ms in over 60 FX pairs.
“We moved to Equinix because they are well placed to provide us with more than just data center services,” said Andrew Phillips, head of systems, LMAX Exchange. “There is a significant amount of FX activity taking place on Platform Equinix, not just in Slough, but worldwide. Locating our matching engine in one of the key centers of this community puts LMAX Exchange at the client’s fingertips.”
There is a large and growing ecosystem of global traders and other financial services providers inside Equinix data centers. The Equinix LD4/5 campus houses nearly 200 trading participants, all of whom can connect directly to the LMAX Exchange. With over 50 low-latency network providers, the LD4/5 campus also provides transatlantic connectivity for ‘follow the sun’ FX trading, with a 65.7ms round-trip between LD4/5 and New York. Globally, Platform Equinix™ provides access to more than 700 financial customers spread across the world’s top 16 global financial markets, as well as the leading equity MTFs, multiple FI platforms, dark pools, commodities, and new derivative products.“LMAX Exchange is a welcome addition to the Equinix financial ecosystem, extending the range of venues we host outside the traditional Equities markets,” said Dick Theunissen, CMO, Equinix EMEA. “Their pioneering approach to reengineering electronic investment models will bring major benefits to the trading community in our London LD4/5 campus and further afield.”