Founded in 1771, the Vienna Stock Exchange (Wiener Börse) is one of the world's oldest exchanges. It was established during the reign of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria in order to provide a market for state issued bonds.
In 1818, shares were traded for the first time on the Exchange while the Austrian National Bank was the first corporation to be listed.
The early 1870s were marked by the collapse of several banks in Europe. This crisis was followed by the crash of the Vienna Stock Exchange – the so-called "Gründerkrach" on 9 May 1873 which then affected central Europe and later the United States. The Panic of 1873 and Long Depression followed.
In 1876, the general Commodity Exchange founded in 1872 was joined with the Vienna Stock Exchange to form the Vienna Stock and Commodity Exchange.
World War I saw the close of the Exchange until the end of 1919. After, it experienced a strong revival which ended in 1934.
Limited stock market trading continued from 1938 until right before the end of World War II. After the war, the Exchange opened back up in 1948.
Today, the Vienna Stock Exchange is one of the most established exchanges in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. Its business is based on four cornerstones: Securities trading and listing, market data, index calculation and IT services.
It operates the central market datafeed for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). In addition, it is a well-established index and IT service provider for the region.
In 2010, CEESEG AG a holding company comprising the stock exchanges of Vienna and Prague was founded. The group benefits of cooperation agreements with over 10 markets in the region and is internationally recognised for this unique know how.
As of May 2019, the Vienna Stock Exchange has a 109.5 billion euro market capitalisation, 90 trading members (61 international) and more than 140 indices for 14 markets.
Christoph Boschan (CEO)
Mr Boschan serves as CEO of the Vienna Stock Exchange since 2016. He previously served as joint-CEO at Börse Stuttgart GmbH and board member at EUWAX AG. He started his professional career as stock market trader and has spent 10 years working in leading positions at several German stock exchanges.
Phone: +43 1 531 65-0
Fax: +43 1 532 97 40
Address: Wallnerstraße 8, 1010, Vienna, Austria