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ALTX Africa Group to launch first exchange in partnership with GMEX
ALTX Africa Group (ALTX) gains first license approval in Uganda. GMEX provides technology and business expertise
The Board of the Capital Markets Authority of Uganda granted approval for ALTX Uganda’s application to operate an exchange in Uganda in March 2014. ALTX is also planning the set-up of a Pan-African clearinghouse and settlement infrastructure in conjunction with local and international partners.
ALTX has signed a partnership agreement with GMEX Technologies (“GMEX”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Markets Exchange Group International LLP (“GMEX Group”). Under the agreement, ALTX will use the GMEX leading edge ForumMatch exchange trading platform, ForumDetect market surveillance system and ForumTrader workstation.
The exchange, initially focussing on Ugandan securities (cash equities and bonds), is expected to go live in Q4 2014. Subsequently it plans to introduce other asset classes, including financial derivatives and commodities, as well as incorporating other African regions. GMEX is also providing ALTX with exchange business and operations expertise.
As part of the agreement, GMEX will also set up a London based routing hub to interconnect with ALTX to help facilitate trading liquidity into Africa. GMEX will also operate the ALTX representative office in London to aid business development.
The founders of ALTX are Jatin Jivram and Joseph S. Kitamirike. Mr. Jivram grew up in the United Kingdom and established his name in Information Technology and Real Estate, moving back to Uganda in the early 2000s to participate in real estate, engineering and transportation businesses. Mr. Kitamirike was, until recently, the CEO of Uganda Securities Exchange and National Housing and Construction Co Ltd.
GMEX Group is also in advanced stage talks to acquire a strategic equity stake in the ALTX Africa Group. GMEX Group stakeholders include Deutsche Börse AG. ALTX is also engaging with a number of potential financial partners with a view to raising additional equity capital given the extensive interest in the initiative.
The securities sector in East Africa is growing steadily and experiencing deep change as a result of goals set by the East African Community Common Market Protocol to create a common market in East Africa. ALTX seeks to take advantage of this protocol to enable further growth in the region.
Liberalisation of the pensions sector in the region has led to an exponential increase in the number of pension fund managers who are open to a wider range of investment avenues. The East African region is also looking to carry out major housing and infrastructure developments, which require long-term funds. The interest rate structure related to such opportunities can be beneficially modified using derivatives available through ALTX leveraging GMEX’s expertise in this space.
“We have the privilege to lead the process of interconnecting Africa’s markets, to open them up to global liquidity and to deliver market opportunities with best-in-class technology provided by GMEX. Our partnership is one we believe could potentially enhance Africa’s economic growth trajectory by easing the flow of capital and increasing the variety of tradable securities and derivatives on offer,” said Joseph S. Kitamirike, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of ALTX.
“This is an exciting partnership with ALTX. The international financial community will have optimised distribution and access to not only the Ugandan capital market but subsequently to other key parts of East Africa and beyond. The partnership also provides ALTX with the infrastructure and business expertise to become the most technically advanced market in Africa, which will help support economic growth across the region.” said Hirander Misra, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of GMEX Group.
About ALTX Africa Group Ltd (ALTX) and ALT Xchange Ltd (ALTX Uganda)
ALTX Africa Group Ltd (ALTX) will be a private company Incorporated in Mauritius and established with the intention to operate a securities and derivatives market initially in Uganda and in the East African region. ALTX also seeks to develop a Pan African footprint, providing a string of connected world-class trading venues and facilitating trading with clearing capability across the continent. ALTX is the holding company through which a network of exchanges will be established across Africa.
ALT Xchange Ltd (ALTX Uganda) is a private company incorporated in Uganda on 17th September 2013 (registration number 172537). ALTX Uganda will be a subsidiary of ALTX and is established as the operating company for the Ugandan market. The main objectives of ALTX Uganda are:
a) to operate an electronic marketplace for securities, derivatives, currencies and commodities.
b) to operate an electronic depository for securities.
c) to operate a clearing house for the purpose of settling and clearing trades conducted in the electronic marketplace.
d) to facilitate subscriptions to the electronic marketplace, the depository and the clearing house in order to ensure an active marketplace.
e) to invest in similar marketplace infrastructure opportunities in other countries within the African continent.
For more information, visit www.altxug.com
About GMEX Group
Global Markets Exchange Group International LLP is a group of companies that offer sustainable and innovative solutions for the new era of global financial markets, encompassing:
Operation of a Multilateral Trading Facility for the trading of a Constant Maturity Future for Interest Rate Swaps, subject to FCA approval
Development of related new tradable market and product indices
Creation and operation of low cost electronic exchanges in equities, debt, FX, derivatives and commodities in developing and, in a targeted way, developed markets
Interconnectivity of exchanges to each other creating a global network of liquidity
Business development to enhance liquidity in partner exchange products
Consultancy on exchange strategy, product development, clearing and regulation
Provision of platform technology
GMEX Group stakeholders include Deutsche Börse AG and Forum Trading Solutions Limited through its investment vehicle.
For more information, visit www.gmex-group.com
Melanie Budden - The Realization Group