Chi-X Said to Win Approval to Start Australian Exchange as Soon as Today
Chi-X Global Inc. may win approval as soon as today to become the first foreign-owned stock-exchange operator, a person familiar with the matter said, as the country seeks to become a trading hub for Asia.
Financial Services Minister Bill Shorten, who is in Hanoi attending the Asian Development Bank’s annual gathering, will announce the decision as soon as later today, said the person, who declined to be named because the decision isn’t yet public. Chi-X Global has previously said it plans for the new market operator, Chi-X Australia Pty, to begin trading in the fourth quarter.
The Australian Securities & Investments Commission in March announced a timetable for the licensing of competitors for the dominant bourse operator ASX Ltd. (ASX), part of a plan by the Labor Government, led by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, to help turn the country into a global financial hub.
Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan on April 8 rejected Singapore Exchange Ltd. (SGX)’s A$8.3 billion ($9 billion) takeover bid for ASX, saying the deal wasn't in his nation’s interest and would have left the local bourse operator as a junior partner.
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