Alasdair Haynes

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Alasdair Haynes
Occupation Founder & CEO
Employer Aquis Exchange
Location London
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Alasdair Haynes is the founder and CEO of Aquis Exchange.[1][2]

Haynes is the former chief executive officer of Chi-X Europe Ltd. and was responsible for growing the business into Europe's largest equities trading platform and into profitability before its sale in late 2011.[3] He left the company in 2012 to set up Aquis as an alternative trading system in competition with his previous employer and traditional exchanges.

He is also the chairman of Neonet Securities AB, a Stockholm-based broker. He was appointed to that position in April 2014, replacing Peter Melbi, who took another board directorship.[4]


Haynes served as CEO of Chi-X Europe from 2009 to 2012. He replaced Mark Horwath in December 2009, who served as interim CEO.[5]

From 2006 to 2009, he served as chief executive of the broker ITG International, where he was responsible for all of the firm's North American business. Before that, he served for 10 years as CEO of ITG Europe.[6] ITG International, a European broking joint venture was set up in 1998 between US-listed broker Investment Technologies Group and Société Générale.

Haynes has a background in derivatives from a stint as head of global equity derivatives at HSBC James Capel. He also was head of European listed derivatives at UBS, head of listed and short dated equity options at Bankers Trust and head of equities risk management at Morgan Grenfell.

He was also on the board of the London Traded Options Market, which the London Stock Exchange sold to the London International Financial Futures Exchange – now part of InterContinental Exchange.

He is a director of FIX Protocol Ltd., and previously was co-chair for EMEA and received the “Best Personal Contribution” award by the Financial News in 2008.

He was named number 25 in Institutional Investors 2016 Trading Technology 40.[7]



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  2. The Big Interview: Alasdair Haynes. The Trade.
  3. Aquis Board. Aquis Exchange.
  4. Neonet Securities names Aquis’s Haynes as New Chairman. Bloomberg.
  5. Chi-X Europe Names Alasdair Haynes CEO. Chi-X press release.
  6. Chi-X Europe Names Alasdair Haynes CEO. Chi-X press release.
  7. The 2016 Trading Technology 40: Alistair Haynes. Institutional Investor.