The TRADE’s Leaders in Trading 2018 winners announced

Over 250 industry leaders gathered at The Savoy Hotel in London to celebrate their achievements throughout the year.

The TRADE is pleased to announce the winners of the Leaders in Trading Awards 2018, including the Algorithmic & EMS Trading, Editors’ Choice and Buy-Side awards.

Over 250 industry leaders gathered at the Savoy Hotel in London last night to honour and celebrate the achievements of their peers, with 35 awards across the three categories handed out.

In the Algorithmic Trading & EMS awards category – based on The TRADE’s annual surveys – several firms took home multiple awards, with Kepler Cheuvreux, ITG and Instinet collecting seven awards between them, while Cowen was named Prime broker of the year.

The Editors’ Choice category are always highly contested awards and this year proved no different. Across the 12 awards, this year’s winners – as judged by The TRADE’s editorial panel – were all worthy winners. Cboe Europe walked away with two awards for Outstanding equities trading venue and Outstanding periodic auction venue, while Liquidnet triumphed in the Outstanding block trading venue award. London Stock Exchange Group was crowned the Outstanding global exchange group of the year.

The final category of the evening were the much-anticipated Buy-Side awards, which this year were opened to industry nominations and The TRADE received almost 1,000 votes to decide the final winners. Hermes Investment Management took home the Trading desk of the year award, while Amundi were winners of the first emerging markets trading desk of the year award.

The Trader of the year awards, always a highlight of the ceremony, went to Neil Bond of Ardevora Asset Management (hedge fund) and Neil Joseph of JP Morgan Asset Management (long-only).

There were also prestigious Lifetime achievement awards for Alasdair Haynes, founder and chief executive of Aquis Exchange, and Carl James, global head of fixed income trading at Pictet Asset Management.

A photo gallery of the evening can be found here.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

Algorithmic Trading & EMS Awards

Algorithmic Trading: Best trading performance

Kepler Cheuvreux

Algorithmic Trading: Best customer support & consulting

Goldman Sachs

Algorithmic Trading: Best access to market


Algorithmic Trading: Best user experience


Algorithmic Trading: Best user value

RBC Capital Markets

Algorithmic Trading: Best price improvement capabilities


Algorithmic Trading: Overall outperformer

Kepler Cheuvreux

Algorithmic Trading: APAC overall outperformer

BNP Paribas

EMS best product consistency


EMS best product adaptability


EMS best customer support


EMS overall outperformer


Prime broker of the year


Editors’ Choice Awards

Outstanding equities trading venue

Cboe Europe

Outstanding fixed income trading venue


Outstanding derivatives trading venue


Outstanding foreign exchange trading venue


Outstanding periodic auction venue

Cboe Europe

Outstanding block trading venue


Outstanding market data provider


Outstanding global exchange group

London Stock Exchange Group

Innovation in clearing


EMS innovation of the year

TS (TradingScreen)

Outstanding TCA provider


Best compliance technology

NEX Regulatory Reporting, now part of CME Group

FinTech of the year (sponsored by Instinet)


Editors’ choice lifetime achievement award

Alasdair Haynes, Aquis Exchange

Buy-Side Awards

Market structure excellence (sponsored by Plato Partnership)

Rebecca Healy, Liquidnet

Emerging markets trading desk of the year


Mid-cap trading desk of the year


Multi-asset trading desk of the year

Groupama Asset Management

Trading desk of the year

Hermes Investment Management

Trader of the year (hedge fund)

Neil Bond, Ardevora

Trader of the year (long-only)

Neil Joseph, JP Morgan Asset Management

Buy-side lifetime achievement award

Carl James, Pictet Asset Management