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Cboe BIDS EUROPE Service

Cboe BIDS Europe is an indication of interest (IOI) negotiation and execution platform allowing market participants to trade large blocks of European equities without revealing their IOI to the wider market.

Pan-European Block Trading Platform

MIFID II buy-side demand has led to more innovation of block trading platforms. In turn, this has led to higher volumes that has helped the buy-side find natural contras. Cboe BIDS Europe is the fastest-growing block venue in Europe with trading available in more than 6,000 symbols across 17 major European markets including equities, depositary receipts and ETFs.

Access and Seamless Integration

This service is powered by proven software used by the BIDS ATS, combined with the Cboe Europe exchange infrastructure required for trade execution, clearing and settlement. Cboe BIDS Europe is fully compliant with MiFID II regulations. The BIDS Trader interface is seamlessly integrated into buy-side order management systems (OMS), with Cboe sell-side participants also able to enter IOIs through FIX connections.

How it works

  1. IOIs submitted to the Cboe BIDS Europe system to identify potential matches.
  2. The platform interacts with buy-side and sell-side to firm up the IOI.
  3. A Designated Broker is selected by the buy-side trader to execute the transaction.
  4. The trade is executed on-Exchange through the Cboe Recognised Investment Exchange.
  5. The trade is sent to clear under Cboe’s interoperable model and reported to the Designated Broker via a drop copy or trade data files
  6. The trade is reported through the Cboe CXE or Cboe DXE market data feed as an off-book, on-Exchange trade in real time

Buy-Side Dealer Tools

Cboe BIDS Europe allows buy-side traders to maintain control over their IOI via the BIDS Trader software, which reads from their OMS/EMS.

  • Filtering and scorecards assist in protecting IOI interaction
  • Flexibility to select Designated Brokers based on existing relationships
  • Directional information is not published and users are never aware of the identity of their counterparty
  • No information about IOIs is exposed unless there is a bona fide opportunity to trade
  • Minimum size requirements are based on the ESMA large in scale table for Cboe DXE, and the FCA large in scale values for Cboe CXE

Get Connected Today

Direct and Designated Brokers
Find out which brokers are currently connected to Cboe BIDS Europe.
Cboe BIDS Europe has a competitive pricing model that is transparent and publicly available.

Monthly Trading Statistics

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Customer Coverage

Access open to buy-side firms via their OMS/EMS while still maintaining sell-side broker relationships.

Hours and Holidays

08:00-16:30 (UK)
Full list available on our website


Sell-side FIX IOI entry
Buy-side BIDS/OMS/EMS interface


Cboe's interoperable model: choose from Cboe Clear Europe NV, LCH Ltd and SIX x-clear


Matt Beales

Senior Director, European Sales
+44 207 131 3418

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William Gourhant

Cboe BIDS Specialist, European Sales
+44 207 131 3417

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+44 207 012 8906

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Trade Desk

+44 207 012 8901

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