Tokyo Stock Exchange taps Blue Ocean for US stock trading during daytime hours in Japan

Rick Steves

“Our partnership with the Tokyo Stock Exchange is both a strategic development for Blue Ocean and for all Japanese investors, providing them the opportunity to trade US stocks during their daytime hours.”

Blue Ocean Technologies, LLC (BOT) has partnered with Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) to expand the trading customer base of both Blue Ocean’s trading platform and TSE.

The new strategic alliance will allow Blue Ocean Technologies to enter the Japanese trading market for the first time adding to its continued growth within the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.

Cross-border trading opportunities in Japanese equities for Blue Ocean ATS customers

TSE will commit to provide BOT with reliable, transparent, and efficient trading access in Japan by leveraging its expertise on Japanese market structure and regulation.

The stock exchange will also seek to provide Blue Ocean ATS customers with cross-border trading opportunities in Japanese equities.

As part of the agreement, the TSE made a 5% investment into Blue Ocean Technologies, with the transaction expected to close in September 2023.

Blue Ocean has a presence in other key APAC markets such as South Korea and Hong Kong. Blue Ocean Technologies is approximately 35% owned by Urbana Corporation, a Canadian, publicly traded investment company.

A development for Blue Ocean and for all Japanese investors

Brian Hyndman, President and CEO of Blue Ocean Technologies and Blue Ocean ATS, commented, “Today we are delighted to take a strategic step in our mission of increasing our footprint within the Asia-Pacific region. Our partnership with the Tokyo Stock Exchange is both a strategic development for Blue Ocean and for all Japanese investors, providing them the opportunity to trade US stocks during their daytime hours. Furthermore, we are very excited to have a global capital markets leader like the TSE validate our business model with their investment, which will contribute to our overall business growth, technology and infrastructure development while providing new trading choices and transparency for local Japanese investors.”

Hiroki Kawai, Senior Executive Officer of Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc, commented: “Blue Ocean ATS is a unique and ambitious US equities trading venue operating in the Asian time zone, and we are looking forward to working with them. We hope to expand the business and customer base of both Blue Ocean and TSE to provide a variety of investment opportunities to investors in both Japan and the US.”

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