AxeTrading Closes International Funding Round
AxeTrading have closed a significant Series A investment round with a group of global investors led by International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group, alongside Sumscope and SixThirty.
This funding will enable AxeTrading to expand and deepen our global footprint and embrace market opportunities. AxeTrading is uniquely positioned to empower banks, buy-side firms, agency brokers and trading venues to maximize their fixed income trading strategies with aggregated liquidity, multiple pricing feeds, powerful client servicing and execution capability across voice and electronic trading.
— Illuminate Financial (@IlluminateFM) July 16, 2020
Working with IFC as a strategic partner, AxeTrading will deliver scalable technology for dealers and trading venues to develop and accelerate the evolution of fixed income markets to broaden participation, which will provide liquidity and market transparency.
AxeTrading does not compete with trading venues, but partners with them to deliver an efficient, effective and modern fixed income trading experience that best serves their regional markets.
“We see a capital-markets future where most or all fixed income securities are traded electronically, enhancing price discovery, market transparency and liquidity. AxeTrading makes access to those markets feasible and simple for small and large participants alike. This matters even more in emerging markets, where participants tend to be small and young and unable to develop their own trading software and tools” said Andi Dervishi, IFC’s Global Head of Fintech Investments.
Ralf Henke, co-founder and CEO of AxeTrading: “With this strategic and significant new investment, we will be able to accelerate our expansion in emerging markets and across the globe, including strengthening our business in North America. We are also thrilled to commit further resources to expanding our product breadth and depth for dealers and trading venues”.
The order book was the largest for a sovereign green transaction.
RBC Capital Markets paid more than $800,000 to resolve charges that it engaged in unfair dealing in munis.
Electronification of the municipal bond market also presents a large opportunity.
The success of Northbound trading showed electronic execution is way forward for the bond market.
Investors will be able to better assess the economic stability and creditworthiness of issuers.