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2010 onwards

Cube by night
The global financial and economic world is slowly recovering from the recent financial crisis. With its extended strategy, Deutsche Börse Group is well positioned for the arising “New Landscape” and looks to the future with optimism. The new headquarters “The Cube”, located in Eschborn, underlines the company’s commitment to the financial centre of the Rhine-Main region.



By acquiring a majority interest in Tradegate Exchange GmbH, Deutsche Börse further expands its position in the European retail market for trading equities, bonds, funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Clearstream opens a branch office in Singapore while Eurex admits the first traders from Japan and China to trading.

MayThe XTF® segment for ETFs celebrates its tenth anniversary. Deutsche Börse is the European market leader in the ETF segment, with a market share of 38 per cent.
SeptemberClearstream Banking and the Spanish stock exchange operator Bolsas y Mercados Españoles launch REGIS-TR, an initiative aiming to set up a European trade repository that will provide reporting services for over-the-counter (OTC) financial instruments. REGIS-TR receives trade repository authorisation from ESMA in November 2013, and is approved as a Registered Reporting Mechanism (RRM) for the reporting of wholesale energy transactions in August 2015.
November425 years after its foundation, Deutsche Börse relocates its headquarters from Frankfurt/Main to Eschborn. The new office building, which is around 90 metres tall and accommodates over 2,000 employees, was designed to meet the strictest ecological standards.


FebruaryDeutsche Börse AG and NYSE Euronext announce on 15 February that they have entered into a business combination agreement in order to create the world’s premier global exchange group. The merger is prohibited by the European Commission in February 2012.
MarchEurex and the European Energy Exchange (EEX) announce that Eurex is EEX’s new majority shareholder.
MayFloor trading at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange migrates to Xetra® technology-based trading (Xetra Frankfurt Specialist Trading). This model combines the strengths of Xetra trading – extremely fast order execution, trading throughout Europe, high liquidity – with the benefits of floor trading, human know-how. Moreover, the trading hours for this model are extended to twelve hours, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m, for selected securities.

Eurex Clearing announces the launch of its “Individual Clearing Model”. This is the first major element of a new suite of industry-leading client segregation services by Eurex Clearing. The new model allows for collateral and positions to be transferred immediately in the event of the default of a clearing member.



Deutsche Börse acquires the remaining shares in Eurex Zürich AG, making it the sole owner of the Eurex derivatives exchange.


Joachim Faber takes over as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Börse AG.


For the first time, 1,000 exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are tradable via Xetra®. Deutsche Börse’s ETF product offering thus remains the largest of any European exchange.

NovemberThe Prague Stock Exchange migrates its electronic securities trading to the Xetra trading system.

Eurex Clearing starts EurexOTC for interest rate swaps.



Eurex successfully completes its migration to T7®, Deutsche Börse Group’s global trading architecture. T7 is a member of the “7 Market Technology” family and part of the Group’s global IT offering, which also includes the N7® network and the C7® clearing system.

Clearstream presents Global Issuer Hub. The hub offers services covering the entire securities issuance cycle in a single access point – from admission and distribution to asset servicing as well as advisory services.

Eurex Clearing launches Prisma®, its new risk management system. Prisma applies a portfolio methodology for margining that differs from the typical product-by-product approach by focusing on participants’ entire portfolios.



The European Energy Exchange acquires a controlling interest in Cleartrade Exchange, Singapore, a regulated futures market for commodity futures and derivatives.

AprilEurex Clearing receives a clearing house licence under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), confirming that its services are fully compliant with the regulatory requirements.

Clearstream implements a settlement link with Taiwan in April; in the same month, Deutsche Börse and The Stock Exchange of Thailand sign a cooperation agreement. Deutsche Börse and the Shanghai Stock Exchange enter into a market data partnership on 23 April.

The acquisition of Citco Global Securities Services’s hedge fund custody infrastructure enables Clearstream to expand its investment fund services for financial institutions and hedge funds. As a result, Clearstream provides the leading international fund market infrastructure for exchange-traded funds (ETFs), mutual funds and alternative funds such as hedge funds.
MayThe first renminbi bond is launched on the Regulated Market in May.

Deutsche Börse joins the UN’s Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative, which aims to increase the transparency and commitment of listed companies with regard to social and environmental issues and good corporate governance.

Deutsche Börse announces a partnership with the African Stock Exchange (AFSX). The AFSX is based in Mauritius and aims to offer securities trading for the whole of Africa.


JanuaryDeutsche Börse acquires an interest in Powernext SA. Together with the European Energy Exchange, Powernext has been the joint operator of the central natural gas trading platform PEGAS®. PEGAS covers an extensive product range, including spot and derivatives contracts for all major European gas hubs.

Deutsche Börse launches Deutsche Börse Venture Network®, a new platform designed to improve funding opportunities for young growth companies. Its offering comprises an online platform as well as training and networking events. Its aim is to facilitate access to venture capital for young companies.

A new Deutsche Börse executive is appointed: Carsten Kengeter becomes Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 1 June.


Deutsche Börse acquires full ownership of STOXX Ltd., thereby securing for itself full access regarding the composition of indices. This will enable it to respond to customer requests even more rapidly in the future.

OctoberDeutsche Börse acquires the foreign exchange (FX) trading platform 360T®, a so-called fintech company headquartered in Frankfurt/Main, Germany’s financial centre.

On 18 November, the launch of China Europe International Exchange (CEINEX) is commemorated with a ceremony on the Frankfurt trading floor. CEINEX offers international investors access to investment products based on Chinese underlyings. It is the only authorised trading platform for renminbi-denominated products outside mainland China.


MarchDeutsche Börse AG and London Stock Exchange Group plc conclude an agreement on the implementation of a combination of the two businesses as a merger of equals by way of an exchange of shares. On 29 March 2017, the European Commission prohibits the business combination on merger control grounds.
AprilDeutsche Börse launches its FinTech Hub in Frankfurt/Main, which provides young companies and start-ups with fully equipped rooms, creating an environment in which new ideas and business concepts can thrive. The start-ups receive targeted on-site support from employees of Deutsche Börse Venture Network® in the areas of financing, network building and customer acquisition.

Deutsche Börse founds DB1 Ventures, its corporate venture capital platform. The objective is to undertake new investments and actively manage Deutsche Börse’s existing minority shareholding. Its focus consists of fostering strategic investments in early- to growth-stage fintech companies.

Deutsche Börse AG completes the sale of International Securities Exchange Holdings, Inc., operator of three US equity options exchanges, as well as of ISE’s holding company, U.S. Exchange Holdings, Inc., to Nasdaq, Inc. The companies had been part of Deutsche Börse Group from 2007.



Deutsche Börse Group continues to support innovative technologies. After having introduced a blockchain prototype developed jointly with Deutsche Bundesbank, Deutsche Börse unveils a concept for the risk-free transfer of commercial bank money.


Clearstream, Deutsche Börse Group’s central security depository, has successfully migrated to TARGET2-Securities (T2S), a settlement platform operated by the European Central Bank. The successful migration of the German market to T2S helps to create a unified settlement landscape for Europe.


Deutsche Börse introduces Scale as a new segment for small and medium-sized enterprises. Next to Deutsche Börse Venture Network®, the new segment is part of Deutsche Börse Group’s planned ecosystem for growth in Germany and Europe; the ecosystem supports companies through all growth stages right up to listing, thereby encouraging initial public offerings.

Deutsche Börse Group’s commodity arm, the European Energy Exchange (EEX), purchased Nodal Exchange Holdings, LLC – a US-regulated futures exchange, headquartered in Virginia – as well as its clearing house Nodal Clear.

JulyDeutsche Börse’s IT infrastructure is further harmonised with the T7® trading technology going live for Xetra trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Eurex, the Group’s derivatives exchange, and EEX, its energy exchange, already use the technology.

Eurex Clearing AG launches a partnership programme designed to develop alternative solutions for the clearing of interest rate swaps in the EU. The programme allows the clearing house’s customers to share in the offering’s economic success and involves them in governance. Clearing house and customers thereby assume joint responsibility for estabilishing liquid markets.

Deutsche Börse Group launches its Regulatory Reporting Hub. The Hub bundles the Group’s solutions for regulatory compliance on a single platform.



Theodor Weimer has been appointed as new CEO of Deutsche Börse AG.

FebruaryDeutsche Börse expanded its index offering by launching the Scale® 30 Index, which comprises the 30 most liquid equities from the Scale segment.
MarchDeutsche Börse Group and HQLAX signed a Letter of Intent to form a strategic partnership for the creation of an innovative securities lending solution using the R3 Corda blockchain platform.
AprilDeutsche Börse’s Accelerating Sustainable Finance Initiative, founded in May 2017, and the Green Finance Cluster Frankfurt of the Ministry of Economic Affairs for Hesse announced their merger. In the future, all activities pursued by the two initiatives will continue as a joint effort under the name Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster.
MayDeutsche Börse announces changes for the inclusion of companies in the MDAX®, SDAX® and TecDAX® indices. The separation of tech and classic sectors in the indices will be eliminated. By ending the previous separation, tech companies will also be included in MDAX and SDAX in future. Further, DAX® companies of the technology sectors can now also be included in the TecDAX index. In addition, the MDAX and SDAX indices are being expanded.
JuneThe trading hours on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange are extended: certificates and warrants can now be traded from 8:00 to 22:00.
OctoberClearstream, Deutsche Börse Group’s post-trading service provider, closes the acquisition of Swisscanto Funds Centre Ltd. (SFCL) from Zürcher Kantonalbank. The company is fully integrated into Clearstream and renamed Clearstream Funds Centre Ltd. on 2 November 2018.

Deutsche Börse has launched a new segment for “green” bonds on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. It currently includes about 150 bonds that comply with the Green Bond Principles of the International Capital Markets Association.



Deutsche Börse and Commerzbank execute legally binding securities settlement using distributed-ledger technology for the first time.  

Deutsche Börse, Swisscom and Sygnum enter into strategic partnership to build a trusted digital-asset ecosystem.


Deutsche Börse and Microsoft settle a contract over the use of cloud services, thus setting new standards for the financial sector.

Clearstream launches supporting services for fund distribution in the form of “Clearstream Fund Desk”.


Clearstream enters the Australian market with the acquisition of Ausmaq Limited, a specialist managed funds services business.


Deutsche Börse successfully completes the acquisiton of the US-American Axioma, Inc. with the aim to create the leading provider in the index, portfolio and risk analysis sector. Moreover, Deutsche Börse launches the new investment intelligence leader with the newly created growth company Qontigo.

Deutsche Börse and Google Cloud establish a strategic partnership to jointly define security solutions for the financial services industry.


Eurex expands its pioneering role in sustainable investing by launching the first exchange-traded ESG options and new STOXX ESG Select derivatives.

Commerzbank, Deutsche Börse and MEAG have successfully completed the settlement of a legally binding secondary market securities transaction via tokens: a further step in post-trade services using distributed ledger technology.

Through its partner Cashlink, Deutsche Börse Venture Network® offers its members a new financing option using distributed ledger technology.


Deutsche Börse, Swisscom and partners successfully settle securities transactions via tokens in Switzerland in a so-called Proof-of-Concept.


Commerzbank, Credit Suisse and UBS execute first live transactions on the Deutsche Börse-HQLAx securities lending platform.

Scale is now a registered SME Growth Market and facilitates the access to capital for small and medium-sized enterprises.



Clearstream acquires the majority stake in UBS’s fund distribution platform Fondcenter AG. The combination of Fondcenter with Clearstream’s Fund Desk business will create a leading fund servicing provider with significant benefits for UBS and Clearstream clients.


The assets under custody of Xetra-Gold exceeded the €10 billion mark for the first time. The physical holdings of the Gold ETC, which are deposited in the central vault for German securities in Frankfurt, are currently 209.98 tonnes.


The German benchmark index DAX® has a new, sustainable family member: the DAX® 50 ESG Index. This index takes criteria from the ESG area into account and highlights the 50 top companies regarding their ESG performance, market capitalisation and stock exchange turnover.

Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) has granted Eurex Clearing a license as a “foreign financial instruments clearing organization”. This enables Eurex’s central counterparty to offer its clearing services not only in the European Union and the US but also in Japan.


ETF trading celebrates its 20th anniversary in Europe.


Deutsche Börse and SAP set new standards with cloud usage in compliance with regulatory requirements for the financial industry.

Deutsche Börse enters partnership with Chinese data provider Wind to support easier access to European capital market.


World’s first centrally cleared Bitcoin ETN is launched on Xetra. This provides easier access for investors to the performance of the crypto currency Bitcoin.


Deutsche Börse has launched the online analytics platform A7. The new platform offers direct access to high-quality market data from Eurex and Xetra.


Deutsche Börse acquires the majority position in Quantitative Brokers, strengthening its strategic focus on the buy side.


Clearstream creates Fund Centre after completing the acquisition of majority stake in Fondcenter AG from UBS.


Deutsche Börse acquires leading governance, ESG data and analytics provider ISS.


The European trade repository REGIS-TR celebrates 10th anniversary.