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.

Source: Bank of England


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

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...

Meet the Institutional Trader, Tom Murphy (Maven Securities)

by | Oct 19, 2021 | Story | 0 Comments

What is a typical day like for you? A typical day for a trader involves a fairly early start. For me, this is just before 6am. I study what happened overnight,...

Certainty amidst uncertainty: How the Covid-19 pandemic catalysed a paradigm shift for market makers

by | Oct 15, 2021 | Articles | 0 Comments

Interview with Piebe Teeboom, Secretary General at FIA European Principal Traders Association (FIA EPTA)   Q. FIA EPTA’s latest thought leadership report,...

Recruit the best talent and inject the best liquidity into the markets.

Lockdown restrictions liberated market making firms to reap the benefits of difference

by | Oct 13, 2021 | Articles | 0 Comments

Interview with Ian Firla, Head of Innovation, OSTC Ltd. Q. The #WeAreMarketMakers campaign has been launched to help the world to better understand who market makers...

Paradigm shift as market makers take centre-stage in European liquidity provision during covid-19 pandemic

Paradigm shift as market makers take center-stage

by | Sep 28, 2021 | Press releases | 0 Comments

Paradigm shift as market makers take center-stage in European liquidity provision during Covid-19 pandemic New research report reveals independent market making firms...

Liquidity in Times of Covid a report by Redlap Consulting

‘Liquidity in the Time of Covid’ – Download the report

by | Sep 27, 2021 | Reports | 0 Comments

Covid-19 continues to redefine the trading landscape in Europe. Changes in liquidity formation already in play due to the increased use of automated trading and rise of...

#WeAreMarketMakers Campaign

#WeAreMarketMakers Campaign Launched To Promote Better Understanding Of Market Making Firms In Europe

by | Sep 27, 2021 | Press releases | 0 Comments

London 27 September 2021 A new campaign to promote better understanding of modern market making, what it does and its benefits for wider society, has been launched...

Liquidity Partnerships #WeAreMarketMakers

Building New Liquidity Partnerships – The View from the Buy Side

by | Sep 27, 2021 | Articles | 0 Comments

A liquidity drought in Europe’s bond markets in the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated a structural shift in how asset managers engage with independent...

Innovators Behind the Code #WeAreMarketMakers

#WeAreMarketMakers – meet the innovators behind the code

by | Sep 27, 2021 | Articles | 0 Comments

This year marks FIA EPTA’s ten year anniversary – a milestone we are proud of and a moment to look back on how far we as an industry have come. We have engaged...