CLSA Singapore, a subsidiary of brokerage and investment group CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets, has been admitted as an offshore ASX market participant of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

Admission to participate in the ASX will enable CLSA to link Australia to its pan Asian electronic execution platform, giving greater Australian market access to its global client base of institutional investors.

CLSA already has electronic execution platforms in Asia providing execution and clearing services for all Asian listed markets with direct market connectivity to 15 exchanges and order routing for 22 cash exchanges in 17 countries and four Futures exchanges.

ôWe have had consistent demand from our clients to add Australia research and execution capability that is differentiated to the standard product already available,ö says CLSA chairman and chief executive officer Rob Morrison. ôThis new license will enable seamless trading for our clients through CLSAÆs electronic systems and products.ö

With admission to trade in Australian securities, CLSA plans to expand its equity research coverage over time to include Australian companies.

CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets provides investment banking, capital markets, equity broking and alternative investment services to global corporate and institutional clients. Founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Hong Kong, CLSA has more than 1,000 dedicated professionals located in 15 Asian cities, plus Dubai, London and New York. CLSAÆs major shareholder is France's Credit Agricole, which merged in 2003 with Credit Lyonnais.