Instinet To Acquire Derivatives Biz.

Aug 26 2009 | 10:25am ET

Electronic trading and agency-only brokerage firm Instinet Incorporated has agreed to acquire TORC Financial, which specializes in derivatives trading technologies.

The acquisition will provide Instinet’s clients with immediate access to TORC’s suite of options-focused, broker-agnostic solutions for institutional derivatives trading. According to the firm, these solutions – which include execution, analytics and risk management capabilities – will significantly enhance Instinet’s electronic cross-asset trading offering.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“Instinet has long been recognized for its sophisticated electronic equities trading tools. Trading in derivatives is evolving in a manner very similar to the cash equity markets over the last decade. This acquisition allows us to leverage the capabilities of the two organizations and move Instinet to the forefront of electronic derivatives trading,” said Anthony Abenante and Fumiki Kondo, co-chief executive officers of Instinet.

U.S. options volumes have seen a nearly 20% compound annual growth rate since 1995, according to the Options Clearing Corporation. A February 2009 survey by the TABB Group found that 63% of options traders expected to increase their options volume in 2009.

“We see the options space as one of the fastest growing asset classes in the U.S. The TORC acquisition is a strategically integral move for Instinet and greatly enhances our ability to serve our customers,” added Abenante and Kondo.

Led by trading technology and options industry veteran John Duffell, TORC offers a full suite of derivatives trading technologies, including TradeSpeed Options Professional, a multi-asset class application that offers integrated options analytics and execution capabilities and is integrated with most major US-based prime brokers; and RiskPro, which allows for the real-time tracking of risk metrics across positions, accounts, groups, asset classes and trading desks.

“We’re excited to join forces with Instinet, given the clear synergies between our offerings and the similarities in our approach to technology development. The combination of our extensive options industry experience with Instinet’s global distribution footprint and superior technology infrastructure bode well for a successful integration and a rich cross-asset offering for our combined client base,” said Duffell.

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