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Azul Systems, the award-winning leader in Java runtime solutions, and Celer Technologies, a leader in adaptable high performance financial markets trading platforms, today announced a partnership that allows Celer’s customers to leverage the power of Zing, Azul’s Java Virtual Machine (JVM) designed for systems that require consistent low latency and high throughput. By integrating Zing into Celer’s platform, their next-generation, Big Data trading solution is able to leverage a Java runtime that delivers consistent low latency for all their trading modules – from trade implementation to execution, from clearing to client reporting and from risk management to compliance monitoring. Together, Celer Technologies and Azul Zing deliver a competitive advantage to trading firms, giving them the ability to completely customize the application, analyze large amounts of data in real time to find the best opportunities and enjoy market leading trade execution.

BTS, London Stock Exchange Group’s multi-asset and multi-market front end trading and quoting solution, today announces a direct connection to Turquoise, the European Multilateral Trading Facility (MTF). Through Turquoise, the BTS GUI, powered by GATElab, offers members access to over 4,000 shares, Depository Receipts, and ETFs admitted to trading from 18 European countries. BTS, developed on Java, can be downloaded and installed directly on a member’s PC, offering a single point of connectivity to all LSEG markets.

Quotix, a fintech company specialising in intelligent trade execution and management for the FX industry, has implemented Azul Systems’ Zing in order to eradicate Java garbage collection (GC) issues and latency outliers.

Bloomberg announced today that as of December 1, 2014, Bloomberg's sell-side trading solution has been granted approval by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to report securities with an International Securities Identification Number (ISIN) and Over The Counter (OTC) derivatives as part of the Approved Reporting Mechanisms (ARM) regime within the United Kingdom.

Caplin Systems, e-distribution specialist and the pioneer of single-dealer platform (SDP) technology, today announced Michael Wee as its new General Manager and Head of Asia Sales. This key appointment builds on the company’s commitment to the region.

Societe Generale Prime Services – formerly Newedge – today announced that it has acquired a minority stake in Global Markets Exchange Group International LLP (“GMEX Group”).

Orc, a global leader in derivatives trading technology, today announced a multiyear contract with Erste Group Bank AG. A longtime Orc client, Erste Group’s Equity Capital Markets team has used Orc for trading and market making, in particular on Erste’s own structured products. By migrating to Orc’s Electronic Execution platform, including the Orc FIX Access connectivity product, Erste Group has now consolidated legacy market access gateways into a coherent, manageable and expandable framework, while significantly reducing complexity and infrastructure cost.

BATS Global Markets (BATS) today announced a definitive agreement with KCG Holdings to acquire Hotspot FX, a leading institutional spot foreign exchange market, in a cash transaction valued at $365 million.

Global Markets Exchange Group International (GMEX Group) today announced that it has taken a strategic stake, through its GMEX Technologies (GMEX TECH) subsidiary, in the UK based post-trade software firm Avenir Technology Limited (Avenir).