Amsterdam Targeting UK Banks

Frankfurt has the banks, and Paris has the culture, but for trading firms looking for a post-Brexit European home, Amsterdam may have the best attraction of all: a friendly regulator.The Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets already presides over the most important cluster of European proprietary trading firms — the high-speed giants of financial markets — outside the U.K. The Dutch regulator allows such firms to trade directly with big pension funds and insurance companies without treating them as clients, a distinction that reduces their legal and regulatory burden.Now, with fewer than two years until the U.K. leaves the European Union, local trading firms are helping to showcase Amsterdam’s attractions. Chicago-based algo traders Radix Trading LLC and Hard Eight Trading LLC have joined U.S. trading giants Tower Research Capital LLC and Quantlab in locating European operations in Amsterdam. Tradeweb LLC and MarketAxess Holdings Inc. — operators of financial markets popular with proprietary traders — are also putting jobs there.

Source: Amsterdam’s Secret Brexit Sauce Is a Friendly Regulator – Bloomberg

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.