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IPC’s FX Hub to Enable Secure and Reliable Access to Hotspot’s Marketplace for Outright Deliverable Forwards

Announced at the 2016 FIA Futures & Options Expo in Chicago.

CHICAGO, IL – October 20, 2016 – IPC, a leading global provider of secure, compliant communications and networking solutions for the financial markets community, and Hotspot, a leading institutional foreign exchange (FX) market owned and operated by Bats Global Markets, today announced that market participants can now gain secure and reliable access to Hotspot’s marketplace for outright deliverable forwards through IPC’s FX Hub. The announcement was made at the 2016 FIA Futures & Options Expo in Chicago.  

The IPC FX Hub supports the global foreign exchange markets through data centers in key markets such as New York, London, Tokyo, Singapore, Moscow, Chicago, Hong Kong, Frankfurt and Zurich - all with connectivity to IPC’s vast community of diverse financial market participants and low latency access via IPC’s dark fiber rings to key FX liquidity providers and dealers. The Hotspot marketplace for outright deliverable forwards operates as an anonymous order book, underpinned by Hotspot's matching engine located in the NY5 data center in Secaucus, NJ. The existing Hotspot credit infrastructure will be extended to cater to the new products.

“We are excited that our recently launched marketplace for outright deliverable forwards is a part of the IPC FX Hub and the broader IPC financial ecosystem,” said Bill Goodbody, SVP, Foreign Exchange, Bats Global Markets. “This will empower a larger base of institutional investors, asset managers and sell-side firms to securely and reliably access our platform to trade outright deliverable forwards contracts.”

“Connectivity throughout the trade lifecycle and access to an established ecosystem of diverse counterparties have become indispensable to trading FX derivatives given the increased participation of non-dealer financial institutions such as asset managers, pension funds, hedge funds and regional banks in the asset class,” said David Brown, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Financial Markets Network, IPC. “We are pleased that our FX Hub solution is empowering market participants to connect to Hotspot’s marketplace for outright deliverable forwards.”

The IPC Financial Markets Network portfolio includes data connectivity solutions consisting of the Connexus Extranet, Connexus Ethernet and Connexus WAN as well as voice solutions consisting of Connexus Voice and Trader Voice services. IPC’s Financial Markets Network interconnects global financial centers and allows access to more than 6,000 market participant locations across 700 cities in more than 60 countries.

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About Bats Global Markets

Bats Global Markets, Inc. (Bats: BATS) is a leading global operator of exchanges and services for financial markets, dedicated to Making Markets Better. Bats is the second-largest stock exchange operator in the U.S., operates the largest stock exchange and trade reporting facility in Europe, and the #1 market globally for ETF trading. We also operate growing ETF listings venues in the U.S. and Europe, two U.S. options exchanges and Bats Hotspot, our global foreign exchange market. Also, ETF.com, a leading provider of ETF news, data and analysis, is a wholly-owned subsidiary. The company is headquartered in Kansas City with offices in New York, London, Chicago, San Francisco, Singapore and Quito. Visit bats.com and @BatsGlobal for more information.

About IPC

IPC is a technology and service leader that powers financial markets globally. We help clients anticipate change and solve problems, setting the standard with industry expertise, exceptional service and comprehensive technology. With customers first and always, we collaborate with each to understand their individual needs to help make them secure, productive and compliant within our connected community. Through service excellence, long-developed expertise and a focus on innovation and community, we provide agile and efficient ways for our customers to accelerate their ability to adapt to the ever–changing requirements for advanced data networks, compliance and collaboration with all counter-parties across the financial markets. www.ipc.com

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