Market makers are fundamental to the fabric of European financial markets, enabling businesses to grow and societies to thrive.

Find out what market makers do, who they are and their impact in society

Find out what market makers do, who they are and their impact in society

What we do

Market makers serve a unique role in European financial markets. We’re intermediaries who are always willing to support investors by buying or selling at market prices when others may not be.

Our readiness to trade means investors know they can always buy or sell whenever they want to, at the best prices, and with the lowest costs.

Because we commit to being actively present in the markets at all times, investors don’t have to risk waiting…and waiting…and waiting to make a transaction.

They know they can always trade and receive a reliable price, even in volatile markets. This certainty creates confidence within markets which, in turn, encourages ongoing investing – a virtuous cycle known as “liquidity.”

Being continuously active in today’s modern, electronic markets demands that we invest heavily in cutting-edge technology and attract the very brightest minds to remain competitive.  

We are mathematicians, technologists, data scientists, operations experts and researchers whose innovations have beneficial knock-on effects for capital markets and industries far beyond. 

You might not know it, but market makers are always there in every capital market bringing benefits to everyone from pensioners and families, to companies, institutions and governments.


of asset managers diversified how they accessed liquidity during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Source: Liquidity in the Time of Covid Report

Market makers have helped cut bid-ask spreads by ten-times – from 0.023% to 0.002% – saving investors money each time they trade.


of asset managers have accelerated their adoption of electronic liquidity provision since the pandemic.

Source: Liquidity in the Time of Covid Report

Automated market making has helped lower transaction costs by 35-60% for investors, enabling a ~30% higher return on an investment over a 30-year horizon.

Source: Vanguard, Concept Release on Equity Market Structure, April 2010

Our Impact

Governments & economies

By supporting vibrant, active and liquid capital markets, we help economies grow and flourish.

Supporting the green recovery & transition

We are helping to power the green transition by supporting the growth of sustainable finance.

International financial systems

Our thought leadership and technological innovations have helped create the most efficient, diverse and fair markets in history.

Institutional & retail investors

We give investors the power to trade as soon as they want or need to, creating certainty that keeps markets moving.


We help to create fertile capital markets that let post-IPO businesses fulfil their growing potential.


Who we are

We are market makers. The people behind the technology, the innovators behind the code.

We are innovators who drove the transformation from analogue to digital markets, massively reducing costs.
We are mathematicians, technologists, data scientists, operations experts and researchers harnessing new technologies to bring efficiencies and competition to financial markets.
We are agile and entrepreneurial because we only trade with our own capital, which makes us fast to seize opportunities, but prudent and considered in the way we do so.
We are additive to financial markets because the opportunities we pursue not only grow our businesses but make the markets better and benefit end-investors, businesses and society at-large.
We are committed to always being there, giving investors the power to buy or sell when they want to, and creating fairer prices for everyone.

Latest news

Meet Martin Polak, Chief Operating Officer (All Options)

by | Dec 8, 2021 | Blogs | 0 Comments

Can you explain the roles of the main participants in modern capital markets - the market makers, the buy side and the banks  Historically, banks have had quite a big...

EUREX EPTA Webinar Brings Together Industry Experts to Assess Rapid Pace of Innovation in Bond and Fixed Income Markets 

by | Dec 8, 2021 | Reports | 0 Comments

More democratic access, truly bespoke trading, and new asset classes about to emerge. This was the picture painted for the future of Europe’s capital markets on a FIA...

Turning The Tables On Liquidity Provision – Download The Report

by | Nov 16, 2021 | Reports | 0 Comments

Europe’s trading landscape is being fundamentally reshaped as asset managers transform from ‘liquidity takers’ to ‘liquidity makers’. Our new report Turning the Tables...

Asset Managers transform from Liquidity Takers to Liquidity Makers

European execution landscape being fundamentally reshaped as Asset Managers transform from Liquidity Takers to Liquidity Makers

by | Nov 16, 2021 | Press releases | 0 Comments

New report reveals equity and fixed-income markets at point of radical shake-up – and prompts calls for an overhaul of market regulation Asset managers now hold the...

Diversity, inclusivity and creativity: how modern market makers will deliver on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

by | Nov 8, 2021 | Blogs | 0 Comments

Interview with Ian Firla, Co-Founder and Director, OSTC GroupQ. The #WeAreMarketMakers campaign aims to give people a new window in the world of modern market making....

Market Makers Enabling a Greener Financial Future

by | Nov 3, 2021 | Blogs | 0 Comments

As the world’s attention turns to Glasgow for COP26 this month, I wanted to explore the critical role that finance plays in sustainability and the climate crisis, and...

Conor McCann, Head of Derivatives Sales (Susquehanna International Group)

by | Nov 2, 2021 | Blogs | 0 Comments

Tell me a bit about your role and what it involves. I look after the direct counterparty trading at SIG. I work closely with our sales traders who manage the...

Meet the Head of Trading, Alex Kieft (Flow Traders)

by | Oct 27, 2021 | Blogs | 0 Comments

Tell us about your role at Flow Traders, what does it normally involve? Well, I joined seven years ago as a junior trader. After five years I became head of trading. So...

Necessity is the mother of invention: Covid catalysed creativity in capital markets

by | Oct 21, 2021 | Blogs | 0 Comments

The idea that market makers, as electronic liquidity providers, are some kind of offshoot in liquidity provision has finally been put to bed during the recent...