Markit Ltd.
Nasdaq: MRKT
IndustryFinancial services
Defunct12 July 2016
Fatein 2016 merged with IHS Inc. to form IHS Markit
SuccessorIHS Markit
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom
Number of locations
21 offices
Area served
Key people
Jerre Stead (CEO IHS Markit) & Lance Uggla (President IHS Markit)[1]
ProductsFinancial information
Financial processing
Financial services
Financial solutions
Market data vendor
RevenueIncrease US$ $1.5 billion [2]
Number of employees
4,500 (October 2015)

Markit Ltd. was a British financial information and services company with over 4,000 employees,[3] founded in 2003 as an independent source of credit derivative pricing.[4] The company provides independent data, trade processing of derivatives, foreign exchange and loans, customised technology platforms and managed services. The company aims to enhance transparency, reduce financial risk and improve operational efficiency. Its client base includes institutional participants in the financial marketplace.[3] On 12 July 2016, Markit and IHS Inc. merged in an all-stock merger of equals to form IHS Markit.[5][6]


Markit was founded in 2003 by Canadian Lance Uggla[7][8] in St Albans, outside London, as Mark-it Partners to provide daily credit default swap (CDS) pricing.[9]

Markit's credit derivative data sales rose during the subprime mortgage crisis in 2007 and later years.[10]

In September 2009 Markit and Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) launched MarkitSERV, a joint venture to provide over-the-counter (OTC) derivative trade processing.[11]

On 5 May 2014 Markit Ltd., a company registered in Bermuda, filed for an initial public offering (IPO), to be listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MRKT.[2][12] The stock began trading on 19 June 2014 with an initial pricing of $24 per share.[13]

Company performance

By 2009 Markit had "1,000 institutions as clients - including investment banks, hedge funds, asset managers, central banks, regulators, rating agencies, and insurance companies."[4]

In 2012, the company had annual revenues of US$860 million, with 3000 employees. In 2012, Markit had a $5 billion valuation.[7]

By 2013 Markit served 3,000 institutions across the financial markets which include investment banks, hedge funds, asset managers, central banks, regulators, auditors, fund administrators and insurance companies.[3]


Totem Valuations, a supplier of consensus valuations and month-end data, was bought by Markit in May 2004[14]

The International Index Company (IIC) and CDS Index Company (CDSIndexCo), owners of the iTraxx and CDX credit default swap indexes, were acquired by Markit in November 2007[15]

SwapsWire's acquisition by Markit announced In December 2007.,[16]

The BOAT, Markets in Financial Instruments Directive-compliant trade reporting platform acquired by Markit from a consortium of nine investment banks In January 2008. The BOAT was owned by consortium of nine investment banksABN Amro, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and UBS who had launched the system in September 2006.[17] The Boat platform was established by these nine banks "for the collection and sale of trading data following the introduction of EU's Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) in November 2007.

JPMorgan Chase's FCS Corporation, a provider of syndicated loan market portfolio and risk management software and services, including the Wall Street Office family of products, was acquired by Markit in July 2008.[18]

Fidelity Information Services's ClearPar, an electronic loan-trade-processing platform, was acquired by Markit in October 2009 which helped Markit to work with DTCC to improve the processing of syndicated loans.[19]

Index products

On 17 January 2006 CDS IndexCo and Markit launched ABX.HE, a subprime mortgage backed credit derivative index, with planned to extend the index to underlying asset types other than home equity loans.[20][21] In a marketing presentation(Wiley 2006) CDS IndexCo was described as the owner of the DJ CDX family of credit default swap (CDS) indices formed from a merger of the major CDS indices (iBoxx and Trac-X) in April 2004. It introduced a "second generation product such as index tranches and index options."[22] They launched the Home Equity (ABX.HE) ABX on 19 January 2006. Others, such as Credit Cards (ABX.CC), Student Loans (ABX.SL), Auto Loans (ABX.AU) were to be announced in the future. Advertised daily prices were available on the Markit website. The purpose of the indices is to allow investors to trade exposures to the subprime market without holding the actual asset backed securities. The ABX.HE Index was created from "qualifying deals of 20 of the largest sub-prime home equity ABS shelf programs from the six month period preceding the roll."(Wiley 2006, p. 11) The market makers of ABX.HE were listed JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Barclays Capital, Bank of America, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, RBS Greenwich,[23] UBS and Wachovia.(Wiley 2006, p. 13)

The Loan credit default swap index (LCDX), a loan-only credit default swap index was created in 2007 by CDS Index Company (CDSIndexCo).[24] Forbes journalist described the creation of the index as just-in-time financial engineering. The LCDX provided protection for banks and hedge fund clients from the overly leveraged loan market. [24]

Sixteen major financial institutions, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Barclays Capital, Bank of America, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, RBS Greenwich,[23] UBS and Wachovia,[24] owned the private company called the CDS Index Company (CDS IndexCo), that developed the ABX index on 17 January 2006. Markit Group Limited marketed the ABX index and by 2007 had acquired (CDS IndexCo). On 17 The ABX index was a credit default swap of asset-backed mortgages of 30 of the most liquid mortgage-backed bonds. Hedge funds began shorting that ABX index in early 2006 at par. The Deutsche Bank, alone, reportedly made $250 million. [24]

Atlanta-based IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE: ICE), a derivatives exchange and clearing house operator, announced four credit index futures contracts, based on the Markit CDX and Markit iTraxx indices—Markit CDX NA IG, Markit CDX NA HY, Markit iTraxx Europe (Main), and Markit iTraxx Crossover, would start in May 2013. The contracts were subject to review by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.[25][better source needed]

Management and employees

Markit had 150 employees in 2003, and by the end of 2013 had around 3200 employees across the globe.[8]

Management per June 2016:[2]

Name Function
Lance Uggla founder and Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Gould co-founder and President
Jeff Gooch Chief Financial Officer
Adam Kansler Chief Administrative Officer
Shane Akeroyd Global Head of Sales
Stephen Wolf Head of Group Corporate Strategy
Sarah Bateman Head of Human Resources
Rob Flatley Head of Equities
Roy Flint Chief Technology Officer
Brad Levy Head of Processing
Ranjit Moses Chief Marketing Officer
Chris Williamson[26] Chief economist
Sari Granat General Counsel
Michele Trogni
Yaacov Mutnikas
Cohead of Solutions
Chip Carver
Adam Kansler
Cohead of Information


In 2013, different banks held 51% of Markit shares.
20% of shares is held by Markit employees and executives.
As of October 2013, General Atlantic is the biggest independent shareholder with 11% of shares.[27] General Atlantic's CEO William E. Ford serves on the board of directors.[28]
Temasek Holdings bought 10% of shares in 2013 for $500 million, thereby valuing the company at $5 bn.[29]

ShareHolders (2013) % Share[27]
RBS 3.4
Goldman Sachs 5.3
JP Morgan 7.9
Bank of America 8
Temasek 10
General Atlantic 11
Employees 20

Divisions, products and services

Markit organizes itself in three divisions:[2][3]

Division Information Processing Solutions
Products and services
  • Valuation and Trading Services
    • Portfolio Valuations
    • Totem
  • Pricing and Reference Data
    • major asset classes
    • Reference Entity Database (“RED”)
    • Bond Reference Data
  • Indices
    • PMI series, iBoxx, iTraxx, CDX and iRxx.EM.[30]
  • MarkitSERV: derivatives
  • MarkitClear: loans
  • Enterprise Software
    • Enterprise Data Management (EDM)
    • Analytics
    • Wall Street Office (WSO)
  • Managed Services
    • Markit On Demand (MOD)
    • Counterparty Manager
revenue % (2013)





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  20. ^ "CDS Indexco and Markit Launch Synthetic ABS Index". Markit. 17 January 2006. Retrieved 14 December 2007.
  21. ^ "Markit launched ABX.HE". 17 January 2006.
  22. ^ "ABX Indices The New US Asset Backed Credit Default Swap Benchmark Indices" (PDF). Wiley. January 2006.
  23. ^ a b "RBSGC". Archived from the original on 22 April 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
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External links

  • Official website