CHICAGO (HedgeWorld.com)–The Chicago Board of Trade’s board of directors voted to enter into a licensing agreement with the LIFFE CONNECT electronic trading platform–a move that represents a formal severing of CBOT’s relations with Eurex, Hamburg, Germany.
LIFFE CONNECT is the trading platform of Eurex’s rival, Euronext.liffe, the derivatives business of the Euronext N.V. Group, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. LIFFE CONNECT will replace CBOT’s existing trading platform, a/c/e, upon the expiration of CBOT’s licensing agreement with the Eurex group at the end of 2003, the CBOT said in its statement Friday.
Meanwhile, and not coincidentally, Eurex announced Thursday that it plans to launch a registered U.S. exchange under U.S. regulation to list derivatives on U.S. interest rates, indexes and equities. It has been in advanced talks with American regulators and market participants to prepare such a launch, which it cannot schedule prior to January 2004 because the agreement that created a/c/e included a non-compete clause.
Breach Long in the Making
The a/c/e platform, which went live in August 2000, took its name from the phrase alliance/CBOT/Eurex.