European Equity Market Structure

Survey

May 2014
Our Strengths Enhance Yours

Letter from J oseph Cangemi
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European Equity Market Structure is a hot topic at the moment with the conversation being
fueled by best-selling books and the European Parliament’s recent approval of MiFID II. As
a London-based broker serving institutional investors and financial intermediaries
throughout Europe, we believe we are in a unique position to capture the sentiment of the
industry on some of the key issues in the debate which include high frequency trading
(HFT), regulatory oversight and market stability.

At this time we are pleased to share the results of our recent European Equity Market
Structure Survey. The results of which show concerns over HFT and market fairness but a
reluctance by the buy-side and sell-side to make any changes to how they interact with the
markets. With only about one-third of respondents believing that current regulation is
appropriate for today’s market structure, we speculate that many market participants may be
taking a “wait and see” approach to how MiFID II will play out.

At ConvergEx we have always taken a proactive approach to providing our clients with the
knowledge and tools they need to successfully navigate the evolving markets and achieve
their trading objectives.

In your offices and on your trading floors you will undoubtedly spend considerable time over
the next several weeks and months contemplating what all these issues mean for your
business and your clients. We hope that the results of this survey help move that
conversation forward and together we can find the right solutions for you.

J oseph Cangemi
Chief Executive Officer, ConvergEx Limited
Our Strengths Enhance Yours

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39%
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Survey Methodology

ConvergEx conducted the European Equity Market Structure Survey by email to financial industry market participants between May 6, 2014 and May 9, 2014. The total
number of respondents to the survey was 131 and the margin of error on the results in ±10%.

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