TRADING SYSTEMS

Broadridge Completes Itiviti Acquisition, Expanding Capital Markets Franchise

Broadridge, Itiviti | May 13, 2021

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., a global Fintech pioneer, has completed the previously planned acquisition of Itiviti Holding AB, a leading supplier of capital markets exchange and networking technology. Broadridge's status as a global Fintech pioneer is strengthened by the deal, as is Broadridge's Capital Markets franchise. It expands Broadridge's market-leading back office capability into the front office and deepens its multi-asset class strategies, allowing the firm to further assist financial institutions in adapting to a dynamically changing marketplace. The inclusion of Itiviti's footprint in APAC and EMEA expands Broadridge's reach outside of North America, allowing the company to better represent global clients.

Itiviti is a leading global capital markets platform service provider that provides highly flexible technologies to financial institutions in order to simplify their trading infrastructure and save money. Itiviti, which has branches in 16 countries, represents 24 of the top 25 major investment banks as well as over 2,000 leading traders, brokerage houses, and fund managers in 50 countries. Itiviti's technologies and services offer financial firms robust networking tools as well as versatile, cross-asset trading solutions that span the entire exchange lifecycle.

Itiviti will join Broadridge's Global Technology and Operations division, and its senior management team, headed by CEO Rob Mackay, will stay on to accelerate future growth.


About Broadridge
Broadridge Financial Solutions, a global Fintech leader with over $4.5 billion in revenues, provides the critical infrastructure that powers investing, corporate governance and communications to enable better financial lives. We deliver technology-driven solutions to banks, broker-dealers, asset and wealth managers and public companies. Broadridge's infrastructure serves as a global communications hub enabling corporate governance by linking thousands of public companies and mutual funds to tens of millions of individual and institutional investors around the world. In addition, Broadridge's technology and operations platforms underpin the daily trading of on average more than U.S. $10 trillion of equities, fixed income and other securities globally. A certified Great Place to Work®, Broadridge is a part of the S&P 500® Index, employing over 12,000 associates in 17 countries.

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