LBMA Said to Enter Talks With Autilla, Boat on Gold Platform

  • ‘No agreements have been signed,’ says Crowell, the LBMA’s CEO
  • London is seeking to modernize its $5 trillion gold market

The London Bullion Market Association has started negotiations with two financial technology firms to create a trading platform for precious metals, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter.

The partnership between Autilla Ltd. and Boat Services Ltd. was selected for further talks, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private.

“It would be premature to comment at this stage as no legal agreements have been signed with any provider,” Ruth Crowell, chief executive officer of the LBMA, said in an e-mail to Bloomberg News.

The LBMA, which represents London’s gold market, is seeking to modernize the world’s largest gold-trading hub, an over-the-counter system that clears more than $5 trillion a year. Regulators are pushing for more transparency and tighter controls. In other cities, such as New York, transactions take place on an exchange.

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The LBMA’s platform would mean deals between two parties can be posted and stored in a database, and eventually lead to the publication of a forward price curve.

Companies including the London Metal Exchange, Intercontinental Exchange Inc. and CME Group Inc. submitted proposals for the platform, people familiar with the matter said in February.

Autilla, started in 2013, specializes in developing trading tools for commodity markets. Boat Services, owned by Cinnober Financial Technology AB, provides market surveillance and data services.

The LBMA is one of two groups in London working to update gold trading. The other group, which includes the LME, World Gold Council and several banks, said in August that it will introduce centrally cleared gold and silver contracts in the first half of next year.

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