Martin Hattrell
Slaughter and May
Hollie Haynes
Luminate Capital Partners

Alasdair Haynes

Aquis Exchange PLC

London, UK


Aquis Exchange PLC

Alasdair Haynes


Alasdair is the founder and CEO of Aquis Exchange, the pan-European equities trading platform, which has introduced subscription pricing and innovative order types into the marketplace. In addition to operating an FCA-regulated MTF, Aquis develops technology for third parties. Aquis Exchange is listed on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM.

Alasdair is the former CEO of Chi-X Europe and was responsible for growing the business into Europe's largest equities trading platform and into profitability before its sale in late 2011. Prior to that, Alasdair spent 11 years heading up ITG's international business, pioneering the introduction of electronic trading and crossing into the European and Asian marketplaces. Alasdair began his 30 plus-year career in the City with Morgan Grenfell and has held senior positions at a number of investment banks including HSBC and UBS.

Alasdair Haynes’ Newsfeed

Cboe changes Brexit share trading plans after regulator clash

"Up until now, we all believed we would be trading euro shares in Europe and UK and Swiss shares in the UK," Alasdair Haynes, chief executive of Aquis Exchange said. "Ever since the ESMA share trading obligation (STO) and a potential STO from the FCA, which people think is highly likely to happen, then you are going to have to split liquidity," Haynes said.

Bloomberg Quint
London Fights Back Against Europe's Post-Brexit Trading Grab

“Equivalence would solve this but you can bet the EU won’t grant it.” said Alasdair Haynes, CEO at Aquis Exchange Plc. “It’s a naïve perception that you can force trading in the EU 27 to build liquidity.”

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Alasdair Haynes’ Background

2012 - Present
London, UK
Aquis Exchange is a pan-European cash equities exchange. It is approved and regulated by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority, to operate as a multilateral trading facility. Aquis Exchange offers trading in securities from 14 European countries and intends to reshape radically the economics of trading by introducing the concept of subscription pricing to the industry.

Alasdair Haynes’ Education

1972 - 1977