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ABN AMRO Clearing Implements NASDAQ OMX's SMARTS Broker


NEW YORK and AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, Nov. 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ABN AMRO Clearing, a business line of ABN AMRO, has implemented NASDAQ OMX's SMARTS Broker solution for surveillance and compliance monitoring across multiple equity, derivative and commodity markets in Europe, Asia Pacific and the United States.

ABN AMRO Clearing will utilize the automated trade monitoring solution to facilitate quick identification of suspicious trading behavior and intuitive detection of potential market abuse. SMARTS Broker will provide the bank's multi-regional compliance professionals with actionable insight and sophisticated alerts for various forms of market abuse, including insider trading, market manipulation, violations of order handling rules and irregular trading patterns by automated and high frequency trading platforms. The ABN AMRO users of SMARTS Broker are then able to utilize the integrated SMARTS data analysis tools, including Spread Graph and Market Replay, which enables them to quickly and efficiently evaluate the alerted trading, against the background of full historical market data.

Paul Willis, Global Compliance Officer at ABN AMRO Clearing, said: "SMARTS Broker's speed to market and cross-functionality was very important in our decision to partner with an automated trading solution provider. As we continue rolling out new markets to better service our customers across the globe, we will look to further strengthen our surveillance responsibilities and keep pace with the existing and future regulatory demands. SMARTS Broker is a suitable partner for all of these activities."

Paul McKeown, Vice President of Market Technology at Nasdaq OMX, said: "We're very pleased to be supporting ABN AMRO Clearing's global surveillance and compliance endeavors through sourcing, managing and processing the enormous levels of market data and broker data required to run a global surveillance solution on a real-time or post-trade basis.

He added: "SMARTS Broker's flexibility and scalability to add new asset classes and connect to new marketplaces will be valuable for ABN AMBRO Clearing as its business continues to evolve."

About ABN AMRO Clearing

ABN AMRO Clearing, dedicated to servicing institutional market participants, such as professional traders, banks, brokers, hedge funds, corporates, asset managers and pension funds, offers clearing and financing on more than 85 of the world's leading exchanges for members and non-members alike. We consistently rank among the top three clearers in every time zone based on turnover and number of clients. We process non-exchange listed investment instruments and alternative products including bonds, warrants, foreign exchange, forwards and energy. ABN AMRO Clearing offers an extensive range of Market Access (MA) services from access via Independent Software Vendor's (ISV's) trading applications to proximity and co-location hosting services for members and non members alike. We have 24 data centres worldwide, chosen for their proximity or co-location to important exchanges, and available for client/member hosting services.


The inventor of the electronic exchange, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., fuels economies and provides transformative technologies for the entire lifecycle of a trade - from risk management to trade to surveillance to clearing. In the U.S. and Europe, we own and operate 25 markets, 3 clearinghouses and 5 central securities depositories supporting equities, options, fixed income, derivatives, commodities, futures and structured products. Able to process more than 1 million messages per second at sub-40 microsecond speeds with 99.99% uptime, our technology drives more than 70 marketplaces in 50 developed and emerging countries into the future, powering 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Our award-winning data products and worldwide indexes are the benchmarks in the financial industry. Home to approximately 3,400 listed companies worth $6 trillion in market cap whose innovations shape our world, we give the ideas of tomorrow access to capital today. Welcome to where the world takes a big leap forward, daily. Welcome to the NASDAQ OMX Century. To learn more, visit Follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter ( (Symbol: NDAQ and member of S&P 500)

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The matters described herein contain forward-looking statements that are made under the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about SMARTS Broker and NASDAQ OMX's other products and offerings. We caution that these statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties or other factors beyond NASDAQ OMX's control. These factors include, but are not limited to factors detailed in NASDAQ OMX's annual report on Form 10-K, and periodic reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to release any revisions to any forward-looking statements.


CONTACT: NASDAQ OMX Media Contact: Ryan Wells (212) 231-5541 (office) (646) 581-4286 (mobile) ABN AMRO Group Press Office: Jeroen van Maarschalkerweerd +31 20 6288900

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