Updated : 18 Apr 2024
  • HKEX is launching the development of a proprietary derivatives platform to address rapidly evolving client needs
  • New platform will give HKEX capability to offer near 24-hour derivatives trading, introduce new products and provide enhanced efficiency, elevating Group’s competitiveness as a global exchange
  • ODP platform development ongoing; system migration will be carried out in phases to ensure smooth transition; market rollout expected in 2028


Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) is pleased to announce today (Thursday) the development of the Orion Derivatives Platform (ODP), offering enhanced trading, clearing and risk management capabilities. This new platform, being developed in-house by HKEX’s technology teams with expected launch in 2028, will help differentiate the Group’s derivatives offerings and elevate its competitiveness in the global derivatives marketplace.

HKEX Chief Executive Officer, Bonnie Y Chan, said: “Building future-ready technology platforms and operations is a key strategic priority for HKEX, as we help our markets and participants deliver long-term, sustainable growth and development. We are therefore pleased to announce plans to develop the Orion Derivatives Platform, representing our significant investment into the future of our markets. Derivatives are one of the fastest-growing segments of HKEX's diverse business, achieving record-breaking volumes in both 2023 and 2022. Developing an in-house platform that is adaptable, efficient, and scalable, would give us a unique competitive advantage in the global derivatives space. The launch of ODP will strengthen HKEX’s capability to support the needs of global investors, and cement Hong Kong’s leading position as Asia’s risk management centre and an international financial centre.”

The ODP platform will be built on a modular architecture, making it easier to introduce new products, enhance microstructure and add new capabilities to the market. ODP will offer enhanced trading and clearing capabilities to clients, including the potential of near 24-hour trading, additional order types, an industry-standard interface, as well as an enhanced testing and onboarding experience. It will also incorporate capital efficient risk management tools, such as the Value-at-Risk (VaR) model, to align clearing capitalisation methods with international practices.

The VaR margining methodology was successfully implemented in HKEX’s cash market in 2022, offering a clearer, more efficient way to assess risk exposures as compared with the previous methodology. With the development of ODP, HKEX will bring VaR to its derivatives markets, helping further reduce the costs of trading whilst ensuring robust risk management.

HKEX Group Chief Information Officer, Richard Leung, said: “HKEX is fully committed to driving innovation in our markets through the development of best-in-class technology platforms, and the launch of the ODP project underscores this ongoing strategic commitment. From listing digitalisation to the FINI IPO settlement platform, from the OTP-C system for our cash market to the LME Select platform for the London Metal Exchange, we have proven ourselves with the capabilities and experience to build platforms and solutions that are fit for purpose, addressing the needs of our global clients. We look forward to bringing all stakeholders on this exciting journey to own our digital destiny, and positioning HKEX and Hong Kong’s financial markets for the future.”

HKEX will actively engage with market participants throughout the development process. The system migration will be carried out in a phased approach to ensure a smooth transition. The development of ODP is ongoing, with market rollout expected in 2028.


About HKEX

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) is a publicly-traded company (HKEX Stock Code: 388) and one of the world’s leading global exchange groups, offering a range of equity, derivative, commodity, fixed income and other financial markets, products and services, including the London Metal Exchange.

As a superconnector and gateway between East and West, HKEX facilitates the two-way flow of capital, ideas and dialogue between China and the rest of the world, through its pioneering Connect schemes, increasingly diversified product ecosystem and its deep, liquid and international markets.

HKEX is a purpose-led organisation which, across its business and through the work of HKEX Foundation, seeks to connect, promote and progress its markets and the communities it supports for the prosperity of all.