NYSE Liffe, the Europe-based derivatives business of NYSE Euronext, has received regulatory approval from the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission to provide Automated Trading Services (ATS) in Hong Kong.

Now NYSE Liffe’s customers in Hong Kong will get direct and faster access to trading on the London market of NYSE Liffe via its electronic platform, Liffe Connect.

Until now, customers in Hong Kong have had to connect to NYSE Liffe via order routing or other indirect means.

NYSE Euronext group executive vice president and Global Derivatives head Garry Jones said that Asia is an increasingly important market for the company and it is committed to developing business in the region.