Michael Waller-Bridge

Michael Waller-Bridge has broad experience in major securities industry developments and business creation. In 1991 he co-founded the Tradepoint Stock Exchange, developing and executing the model of a publicly-held, electronic equities exchange, serving as Chief Executive through the launch and initial operating stages of the exchange's creation until the end of 1997. In 1995, Michael obtained the UK government licence for London's first order-driven, screen-based, cleared market for equity securities. Having negotiated legislative changes obtained with UK Parliamentary consent, designation as an EU market and additional authorisation from the SEC to operate as an exempt exchange in the USA, Tradepoint (now named Virt-X) is currently majority owned by a range of prominent financial institutions, namely SWX Swiss Exchanges and a consortium comprising Instinet, American Century, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley , UBS Warburg , Credit Suisse First Boston, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, ABN AMRO, and Archipelago. Michael originally trained as a physicist, continuing with postgraduate experience at the international particle physics facility CERN after receiving a Master's degree at Imperial College, London University in History of Science and Technology. In 1986 he was recruited to the London Stock Exchange during the approach to "Big Bang", worked in senior policy and strategy advisory positions at the LSE until 1989 and then until 1991 as Director General, Project Office for Euroquote SA under the auspices of the Federation of European Stock Exchanges. He is a Member of the Securities Institute (United Kingdom) and of the World Technology Network. He is co-founder and a director of Beach Capital.Waller-Bridge has been a member of the World Technology Network since 1998.

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