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HISTORIC PRESS RELEASE : Swiss Exchange gets recognition [December 1998]

The press release issued by HM Treasury on 17 December 1998.

The Swiss Exchange will be able to provide direct access to UK firms to its screen-based trading system following its recognition as an Overseas Investment Exchange by the Treasury, the Economic Secretary Patricia Hewitt announced today.

The Exchange has satisfied the conditions under Sections 37 and 40 of the Financial Services Act 1986 to be recognised as an Overseas Investment Exchange. UK firms, through remote membership, will be able to access the exchange directly through the use of terminals here in London.

Announcing the decision Ms Hewitt said:

“Dealing in Swiss securities will become more convenient, and more business should be routed through London. UK investors should benefit from greater choice and lower transactions costs, while both the markets and investors will benefit from increased competition through improved efficiency and innovation, and a strengthening of the UK’s financial services industry. Greater liquidity and depth will also reinforce London’s position as one of the world’s top international financial centres.

“More overseas exchanges do business in the UK than in any other country. London offers a wide range of choice for internationally mobile financial services firms, making it extremely attractive for them to base their operations here.”