In a major industry move, EquiLend buys AQS – here's what it means for market participants and competitors (Premium)

EquiLend announced today their purchase of AQS, marking a significant consolidation of US securities lending infrastructure under the EquiLend brand. According to the press release, “EquiLend has acquired Automated Equity Finance Markets, Inc., commonly known as AQS, along with its securities lending technology systems from PDQ Enterprises, operator of PDQ ATS. AQS will be rebranded to EquiLend Clearing Services.” EquiLend was always going to replicate its missing pieces of AQS functionality sooner or later, but the acquisition gives them an integrated service offering and CCP connectivity right away.

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