Our history

This is where we come from 

Let us take you on an exciting journey through time. The overview of our 90-year-long history showcases the technological and legal milestones that have led us to becoming the company we are today: the global reference in listing debt instruments, and lately, the leader in green bond listing.

It's been almost 90 years already

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1928

Incorporation of the Bourse de Luxembourg, the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, or LuxSE.

 

1929

LuxSE inaugurates its first trading session.
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1953

During our first two decades in operations, LuxSE focused on European issuers that listed securities denominated in local European currencies. It opened up to global markets in 1953 when we listed the first bond in US dollars, issued by the World Bank. To this day, the World Bank is one of our leading issuers.

1962

The listing of France's Finance Union's investment fund marks the first fund listing at the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

1963

The first ever eurobond, issued by Autostrade in 1963, is listed at LuxSE. Eurobond in an international bond denominated in a currency that is not native to the issuer’s country of origin. 

1981

Following the introduction of the European Currency Unit (ECU) in 1979, LuxSE lists the first bond denominated in ECU, issued by SOFTE. On 1 January 1999, ECU was replaced by the euro.
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1990

LuxSE lists its first Global Depositary Receipt (GDR), issued by Samsung. A GDR is a certificate issued by a depositary bank in more than one country for shares of a foreign company.

1991

The stock exchange introduces its first computer-aided trading system.

1996

LuxSE launches a multi-fixing market on the new and automated trading system.

1999

The EU introduces the euro currency, we introduce the LuxX index. It is composed of nine Luxembourgish companies: Aperam, ArcelorMittal, Brederode, Luxempart, Reinet Investments, RTL Group, SES, Socfinaf and Socfinasia.

You can check LuxX Index’s current weighing here.

2002

LuxSE becomes the first exchange in Europe to list a sukuk, issued by Malaysia Global Sukuk Inc. A sukuk is a sharia-compliant bond, an instrument that abides by Islamic religious law.
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2005

LuxSE launches a self-regulated multilateral trading facility called the Euro MTF, a new type of market introduced by the EU Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MIFiD).

2007

MARCH

LuxSE and Euronext cooperate with introduction of cross-membership between exchanges, allowing trades in Luxembourg to be generated through Euronext's UTP platform.

2007

JULY

LuxSE becomes the first exchange in the world to list a green bond – issued by the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance part of its climate projects. A number of issuers have listed since; in early 2016 LuxSE marked the listing of the 100th green bond.

2011

LuxSE becomes the 1st exchange in Europe to list a dim sum bond – a renmimbi-denominated bond issued outside of China. Since, we have become the prime listing venue for this type of instruments in Europe.

2014

LuxSE moves to its new HQ located at 35A Boulevard Joseph II in Luxembourg City. The building adheres to stringent sustainability criteria and is certified by Valideo, a voluntary Sustainable Construction Certification.
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2016

LuxSE launches the Luxembourg Green Exchange (LGX), a new platform created exclusively for securities that are green. LGX limits access to instruments that are fully aligned with the international green taxonomy. The value of all green bonds listed with us surpasses $54 billion and represents half of all listed green bonds globally.

2017

Introduction of the bell ceremonies at the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.