Announcing Forge Europe

The first global marketplace for private shares in Europe

Leveraging the technology, track record and expertise of Forge, and the market, regulatory know-how and network of Deutsche Börse, Forge Europe will provide liquidity programs for companies, a digital marketplace that brings together buyers and sellers of pre-IPO shares and exclusive private market data that enable investors to make informed investment decisions.

Bringing the power of the global private market to participants across Europe

Accelerating growth and innovation by delivering:

  • Scalable and compliant transaction platform backed by two capital markets powerhouses
  • Liquidity solutions connected to a truly global investor network
  • Deep insights and expertise to navigate the private market confidently

Forge Europe is targeting its launch in 2023, first in Germany, the UK and France before expanding to the rest of Europe, subject to the requisite regulatory approvals.

If you’re an existing Forge customer, please connect with your Private Market Specialist via this link.

If you are new to Forge, email us at [email protected].


The growing interest in private market investing and the growing need for liquidity by private growth companies transcends geographic borders. As Europe’s population of high-growth technology companies continues to grow rapidly, creating an efficient and trusted private marketplace that can meet the needs of those companies and investors across a complex regulatory landscape is a challenge Forge is uniquely positioned to solve.

Kelly Rodriques

CEO, Forge

Deutsche Börse stands out for its ability to operate a scalable and reliable market infrastructure and has established an extensive capital markets ecosystem. Together, we will be a first mover in Europe to build up a trusted, efficient and technology-driven global private market platform. For us at Deutsche Börse, this is a promising opportunity to expand into a new asset class with high potential.

Eric Leupold

Managing Director, Deutsche Börse

European Unicorn Market

Total valuation of all European Unicorns & Potentials*
Dealroom as of 7/12/22
Number of all European Unicorns & Potentials
Dealroom as of 7/12/22
CAGR of European VC investment volume
Dealroom (2010 - 2021)
Of market is concentrated in top 10 European markets
Dealroom as of 7/12/22

About Forge

Forge is a leading provider of marketplace infrastructure, data services and technology solutions for private market participants. By combining world-class trading technology and operating expertise, Forge Markets enables private company shareholders to trade private company shares with accredited investors. Forge Company Solutions, Forge Data and Forge Trust along with Forge Markets help provide additional transparency, access and solutions that companies as well as institutional and accredited investors need to confidently navigate and efficiently transact in the private markets. Securities-related services are offered through Forge Securities LLC (“Forge Securities”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Forge. Forge Securities is a registered Broker Dealer and Member of FINRA/SIPC, and operator of an alternative trading system.

About Deutsche Börse Group

Deutsche Börse Group is an international exchange organization and innovative market infrastructure provider, ensuring transparent, reliable and liquid financial markets. The business areas cover the entire financial market process chain. This includes, among others, the provision of indices, data and analytical solutions, admission, trading and clearing as well as settlement and custody of financial instruments.

The group has a long-standing exposure to growth markets through its pre-IPO efforts, direct venture investments and M&A activities. It has built up a European ecosystem for growth through enabling capital raise efforts and connecting growth companies with investors.


*A unicorn is defined as a private company with an enterprise valuation of $1 billion or greater. A “potential” unicorn is defined as a private company with a valuation of $250 million or greater.