SOURCE: Cinnober

November 12, 2008 08:22 ET

Alpha Group confirms successful launch of Alternative Trading System

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN--(Marketwire - November 12, 2008) -


First days establishes Alpha ATS as a leading Canadian Market Place

Alpha Group has announced that on Friday November 7, 2008 it successfully launched its alternative trading system (ATS), based on Cinnober's TRADExpressTM technology, offering trading and market data services for 10 Canadian securities. Alpha Group noted that approximately 30 dealers were connected to the ATS and that these dealers traded 411,698 shares, representing about 10% of the overall volume traded in those securities across transparent marketplaces in Canada.

"It was a long and sometimes challenging journey to get to this milestone" noted Jos Schmitt CEO of Alpha Group, "but now that we have reached it and started to see the first results, the journey already fades away in everyone's minds. It is has to be noted that what allowed Alpha to go live within weeks of its original launch date, was the never before seen commitment and efforts of the Canadian dealer community, the major independent software vendors, the major data vendors and Alpha's own staff."

As of 4:10 p.m. Monday 10th, after the market close, the daily volume and value traded on Alpha ATS across the 10 securities represented 1,698,828 shares corresponding to CAD 22,785,128 in value, representing respectively 36.24% in volume and 24.24% in value of all trades in these securities across all transparent marketplaces in Canada.

"Volume and value traded are key success indicators" added Jos Schmitt, "but what struck us most today was the liquidity on Alpha ATS. Throughout the day, Alpha ATS was often showing the greatest liquidity at equivalent or better bid and ask spreads than other market places, despite the fact that many dealers are still ramping up their capabilities to trade on Alpha. This gives us a glimpse about what is to come and tells us where investors will need to look for price discovery and efficient execution."

"We're thrilled about Alpha's successful launch and the impressive project we've realized together with our friends in Toronto," commented Jan Arpi CEO of Cinnober Financial Technology. "The last few weeks have been extremely encouraging for our company. Two of the most well reputed challengers in the new landscape of the exchange industry, the European Turquoise and the Canadian Alpha Group, have launched their solutions based on our premium technology."

During the autumn Cinnober also has announced new businesses like the Scandinavian MTF Burgundy and their first order in Asia in terms of the commodity exchange HKMEx in Hong Kong.


For further information, please contact:

For Cinnober:                    For Alpha Group:
Jan Arpi                         Michael Brady
CEO, Cinnober                    +1-647 259 0408
Tel. +46-(0)70 860 46 49         michael.brady@alphatradingsystems.ca

Fredrik Backlund
Head of Corporate
Communications, Cinnober
Tel. +46-(0)73 403 12 39


About Alpha Group

Alpha Group was established in May, 2007 by nine of Canada's leading financial institutions with the aim of increasing the country's equity trading efficiencies and making the Canadian marketplace more globally competitive. Its ownership group consists of BMO Capital Markets, Canaccord Capital Corporation, CIBC World Markets, CPP Investment Board, Desjardins Securities Inc., National Bank Financial, RBC Capital Markets, Scotia Capital Inc. and TD Securities Inc.

About Cinnober Financial Technology

Cinnober provides mission-critical systems to a number of leading exchanges, including The American Stock Exchange, The Chicago Board Options Exchange, Liffe NYSE Euronext, The London Metal Exchange as well as alternative trading systems in the emerging new map of international marketplaces, including Alpha Trading Systems, Markit BOAT and Turquoise. For additional information about Cinnober, please visit www.cinnober.com


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