Euronext opens Dutch and Belgian equity options markets to US investors


Amsterdam, Brussels, London - 7 October 2014 – Euronext today announced that, following consultation with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, it has received new class no-action relief for Foreign Options Markets, enabling it to offer Dutch and Belgian equity options to certain eligible US investors. The no-action relief applies to a broad suite of equity and equity index options. In addition, an extension to the current arrangements on equity option contracts available for trading on Euronext Paris has been agreed. This initiative is complementary to the existing ability of qualifying investors in the US to trade index futures on the AEX®, CAC40®, BEL 20® and all Euronext commodity products. 

Adam Rose, Head of Financial Derivatives, said, “Our client base in the US, particularly in Chicago, has always been strong in futures and we are delighted to add options to this offering. This initiative will build even more liquidity for our existing clients and is yet another example of how Euronext is taking rapid and decisive action in its derivatives business to differentiate and pull away from the competition.”


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Euronext is the leading pan-European market infrastructure, connecting European economies to global capital markets, to accelerate innovation and sustainable growth. It operates regulated exchanges in Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Portugal. With more than 1,900 listed issuers and around €6.5 trillion in market capitalisation as of end June 2023, it has an unmatched blue-chip franchise and a strong diverse domestic and international client base. Euronext operates regulated and transparent equity and derivatives markets, one of Europe’s leading electronic fixed income trading markets and is the largest centre for debt and funds listings in the world. Its total product offering includes Equities, FX, Exchange Traded Funds, Warrants & Certificates, Bonds, Derivatives, Commodities and Indices. The Group provides a multi-asset clearing house through Euronext Clearing, and custody and settlement services through Euronext Securities central securities depositories in Denmark, Italy, Norway and Portugal. Euronext also leverages its expertise in running markets by providing technology and managed services to third parties. In addition to its main regulated market, it also operates a number of junior markets, simplifying access to listing for SMEs.  
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