On December 8, 2011, the Ontario Securities Commission (the “Commission”) issued a Notice of Approval (the “Notice”) recognizing each of Alpha Trading Systems Limited Partnership (“Alpha LP”) and Alpha Exchange Inc. (“Alpha Exchange”, and together with Alpha LP, “Alpha”) as an exchange. Alpha currently operates as an alternative trading system, facilitating the trading of equity securities listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange through a transparent, continuous matching platform.
The Notice references an application by the Maple Group Acquisition Corporation (“Maple”) for recognition as an exchange in connection with its proposal to acquire TMX Group Inc. and create an integrated group of businesses that provide trading, clearing, settlement and depository services (which proposal is summarized in an earlier post). Following the proposed acquisition of TMX Group Inc., Maple intends to acquire Alpha LP and Alpha Trading Systems Inc. and maintain multiple trading platforms.
The recognition of each of Alpha LP and Alpha Exchange as an exchange is effective as at the later of February 1, 2012 and the date on which the operations of Alpha ATS Limited Partnership have been legally transferred to Alpha Exchange. The Commission will publish a notice confirming the effective date.