|By Business Wire||
|June 26, 2014 01:42 PM EDT||
BATS Global Markets (BATS) today announced the signing of a 10-year lease renewal at its Kansas City-area global headquarters, as well as plans to open a Chicago office and expand its New York City presence due to the Direct Edge Holdings merger.
BATS, based at 8050 Marshall Drive in Lenexa, Kan. since September 2008, occupies about 35,000 square feet in the building with 104 associates. The Chicago office will be located at 200 South Wacker Drive.
In New York, BATS recently leased an additional 14,900 square feet encompassing an entire floor at 17 State Street, with plans to include a bell ringing platform and broadcast studio. The new space, which will house all of the firm’s area employees, brings the firm’s presence in the financial district building to nearly 22,000 square feet.
“Since launching BATS in a North Kansas City storefront almost 10 years ago, we’ve been committed to providing a great work environment for our associates. We’re proud to be based in Kansas City and we consider our headquarters to be one of the keys to our success with the region’s deep pool of technology, operations and management talent helping us to become one of the largest stock exchange operators in the world,” said BATS CEO Joe Ratterman. “We’re also excited to open a Chicago office to support our many customers in the Chicago area, a key center of U.S. equities and options trading, while expanding our New York presence at 17 State.”
BATS, which also operates the leading equities exchange in Europe, operates an office in London with 59 associates. The office is located in the heart of London’s traditional financial center.
About BATS Global Markets, Inc.
BATS Global Markets, Inc. is a leading global operator of securities markets, committed to Making Markets Better for traders, investors and issuers. In the U.S., BATS operates four stock exchanges – BZX, BYX, EDGX and EDGA – and regularly ranks as the top market for ETF and retail-driven liquidity. The company is an important listing venue for ETFs and other structured products and also operates BATS Options, a U.S. equity options market. In Europe, BATS operates the largest pan-European equities exchange, offering trading and listing services across 15 major European markets. With its world-class proprietary technology and relentless customer focus, BATS strives to bring efficiency, transparency and fairness to market participants. The company is headquartered in Kansas City with offices in the New York area and London. Further information on BATS can be found at www.bats.com and by following us on Twitter @BATSGlobal.