Axiom makes bid for European CDS market

The brokerage has already set up shop in London with voice broking, but will now offer its voice-assisted, electronic broking platform as well, for trading index and emerging market CDSs.

Axiom’s London office will concentrate on broking index trades, emerging market CDS and basis trades and investment grade CDSs. The company also has designs on the structured credit market, and said is has appointed a team to focus on tranches, first-to-default baskets and CDS options.

Axiom has created its London team with brokers lured from high-profile rivals such as Cantor Fitzgerald and Icap. The company said it plans to expand and will be announcing further appointments in the near future.

The company’s move puts it alongside Icap, GFI, Creditex and Prebon - brokers that already offer electronic trading platforms. CreditTrade, however, still remains without an electronic offering.

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