Aquis Technologies, the financial and regulatory technologies services arm
of Aquis Exchange, has launched Aquis Market Gateway (AMG), its new connectivity hub. AMG is
designed to enable Systematic Internalisers (SIs) and Counterparties to connect bilaterally, via a normalised application programming interface (API). The relationship between SIs and their Counterparties, such as brokers and vendors, via the AMG is entirely and strictly bilateral and thus in line with the new MiFID II stipulations. Aquis Technologies has already agreements with 10 firms to use the AMG.
Under MiFID II, broker crossing networks have ceased to exist and new SIs are being created. There is growing demand amongst potential Counterparties to connect to these SIs. Each SI has its own unique interface, so Counterparties wishing to connect with SIs would need to undertake specific bespoke infrastructure projects for each SI that they wish to connect to. The AMG simplifies this process by normalising access via the API. At no point is there a common matching hub within the AMG. It uses bespoke, low latency, high performance technology from Aquis. In addition, the
API is very flexible, allowing Counterparties to continually adjust which stocks they want to interact with, even on an intraday basis.
Commenting on the AMG, Magnus Almqvist, Head of Technology Sales at Aquis, said: The AMG
significantly broadens the potential Counterparty universe for SIs and helps lower the barrier to entry for Counterparties wanting to interact with SIs. Crucially, it does this in a bilateral way and thus complies fully with the requirements of MiFID II. We expect many more participants to join the AMG is the coming months.”