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 more than 90 years already



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



LuxSE inaugurates its first trading session.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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).



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



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.


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.


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.


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 $175.3 billion and represents half of all listed green bonds globally.


Introduction of the bell ceremonies at the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. 


Launch of #SheLuxSE, a gender equality initiative. #SheLuxSE is a platform for our employees to exchange views on how men and women can work and grow together, support each other and take better decisions.


LuxXPrime, the bond universe of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange brings liquidity to Luxembourg.

The platform, which specialises in retail-sized securities, makes the smooth and secure trading of retail-sized securities a reality for professional and private investors from all over the world.


For the first time, LGX wins the prestigious United Nations Global Climate Action Award in the category ‘Financing for Climate Friendly Investment’.

Other milestones are the launch of the LGX Academy to strengthen sustainable finance education, and the unique LGX DataHub, a centralised database for sustainability data points.


LGX hits the 1,000 sustainable bonds mark in May and celebrates its 5th anniversary in September 2021. The platform expands its scope with the Climate Bonds-LGX Climate Aligned Issuers section in partnership with the Climate Bonds Initiative, and the LGX DataHub expands its coverage to close to the entire universe of the world’s listed sustainable debt securities.