Set to launch later this year, the new platform dubbed SL-x, will provide automated matching, negotiated trades and CCP access following the link-up with Eurex.
Traditionally, the sec lending market has been an OTC market. However as new regulatory initiatives, including Basel III, aim to reduce systemic market risk in the global financial system, the central clearing of OTC transactions is being encouraged.
Eurex Clearing will now handle the clearing for all borrowing and lending transactions when SL-x launches in 17 European equity markets in this year’s fourth quarter.
At the outset, Eurex Clearing will offer central clearing for SL-x’s borrowing and lending transactions in Belgian, Dutch, French, German and Swiss stocks. In these initial five markets SL-x’s platform aims to include approximately 2,000 stocks and Exchange Traded Funds that represent over 90% of these markets’ stock on loan.
Eurex Clearing’s Lending CCP started in November 2012 and covers equities, fixed income, and ETFs. Since then, it has attracted the commitment of major market participants. Both Eurex and SL-x will work on the extension of the CCP service to other major European equity markets.
“We are very pleased to further expand distribution for the Lending CCP by working with SL-x. Our Lending CCP is widely recognized as industry leading and the first to preserve the special structure of the lending market. It helps banks to reduce the amount of capital they require to run their SBL businesses, enables them to improve operational efficiency, and reduces counterparty credit risk”, says Thomas Book, chief executive officer of Eurex Clearing.
SL-x’s chief executive officer Peter Fenichel adds: “We are delighted that Eurex Clearing will be able to offer our clients central clearing from day one of our launch later this year. This agreement is an important step for both businesses on the way to providing CCP-backed SBL transactions.”