In the middle of last year, David Meitz began to plan for the growing demands of the asset managers and hedge funds that are his agency brokerage's customers, as they grew increasingly active in rapidly multiplying European markets.

Meitz is the managing director and chief technology officer at Investment Technology Group (ITG), based in New York. The independent agency broker and technology provider operates around the globe, with 18 offices in 10 countries, including the United Kingdom, Ireland and Spain. And since the European Union instituted the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) on November 1, 2007, a wide variety of new electronic trading venues, known as multilateral trading facilities (MTFs), have launched, bringing fragmentation to the purchase and sale of shares.

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