Sigma targets LME B shares in move to become first new ring-dealing member since 2007 – sources [CORRECTED]

Privately-owned Sigma Broking Ltd has approached members of the London Metal Exchange to acquire B shares as it moves forward with a plan to become the first new Category I ring-trading entity since 2007, well-informed sources told Fastmarkets.

“There have been conversations between Sigma and LME members – it is well known who is long B shares and happy to sell them,” one source close to the matter said. Companies wishing to trade as Category I or II members of the LME must hold a minimum of 25,000 LME Holdings Ltd B shares to conduct business. To trade on the LME’s open-outcry ring, members must attain Category I membership. French investment bank Société Générale tops the LME’s B share count at 36,000. ED&F Man Ltd, who is not a category member of the LME, holds 35,000 B shares, according to LME data from November 8, 2018. It is possible for a non-category member of the LME to sell their B shares. With 30,000 B shares, Morgan Stanley, Macquarie Bank, Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, BNP Paribas, Barclays Bank and Marex Financial...

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Hassan Butt

January 24, 2019

12:45 GMT

London