October 18, 2021 - Capital Markets services provider Options Technology, backed by Abry Partners, today announced it has agreed to acquire ACTIV Financial, provider of real-time, delayed, historical and harmonised multi-asset data. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

As a long-term provider of global capital markets services including cloud-enabled managed solutions, global trading infrastructure and telemetry analytics services, this deal reinforces Options’ commitment to continually add value and optimize their offering to capital markets firms.

Options The combination of Options’ core services will allow clients to bring their mission-critical applications closer to the data source, in essence bringing the query to the data, not the data to the query. In addition, this acquisition further supports Options’ growth strategy, allowing clients to benefit from an extensive market data footprint and global trading connectivity built on and supported by best of breed technologies, industry-leading automation and world-class cyber security and monitoring.

“We believe that merging the ACTIV data feed and software capabilities on top of the Options global network and infrastructure is probably the most impactful deal in the sector in the last decade,” said Danny Moore, Options’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “The industry has been crying out for a true next-generation platform focused on the coming decades, near zero latency, global, on modern hardware, fully Cloud Integrated, and fully backward compatible. Merging our platforms will bring all that and more.”

Tomer Yosef-Or, a Partner at Abry, said, “We are very excited to support Options in the acquisition of ACTIV Financial. We are highly impressed by ACTIV Financial’s global presence within market data services which has allowed them to develop successful relationships with some of the world’s leading financial institutions.

Avery Zuck, a Principal at Abry, said, “The combined Options / ACTIV Financial platform will be able to provide an increasingly comprehensive solution set to our new and existing customers. We are excited to bring this transaction to a close and move forward together in the continued pursuit of being the premier Capital Markets Services provider to the global financial ecosystem.”

Steve McNeany, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder at ACTIV Financial, said, “The acquisition of ACTIV Financial by Options is an extremely exciting time in our history, and we are confident this deal will deliver a highly differentiated and competitive offering to both our current clients and the market as a whole. We believe this is the start of a new era in the market data industry providing unparalleled, fully managed market data services globally with our clients set to benefit from a wide range of strategic synergies.”

This news comes as the latest in a series of strategic developments for Options, including the Expansion of Ultra Low Latency Hosting Capabilities across JPX, TSE and OSE Markets, their partnership with Packets2Disk to provide market-leading network analytics solutions alongside being selected to support a top-tier investment bank expand its FX footprint across Singapore.