Diana Chan, CEO, EuroCCP: "In today's environment, settlement of hedge funds' trades between their executing and prime brokers occurs bilaterally without any CCP trade guarantee, exposing these parties to counterparty risk."
Omgeo and EuroCCP have announced that their new European equities matching and central counterparty clearing (CCP) service for hedge fund transactions has executed a live trade with prime broker and executing broker, Credit Suisse, and hedge fund manager, Citadel. Credit Suisse and Citadel intend to continue to partner with Omgeo and EuroCCP to ensure that their interfaces become scalable and ready to be extended to a broader range of counterparties in the future.
The service aims to allow executing brokers and prime brokers to clear hedge fund transactions, will streamline the processing flow and mitigate the counterparty risks associated with these types of institutional cash equities transactions.
The new processing solution combines Omgeo Central Trade ManagerSM (Omgeo CTM), which provides a fully automated matching service, and EuroCCP's CCP service which clears and settles pan-European cash equity trades. The joint service initially covers 15 European markets and expects to be expanded to additional markets over time. Following the successful piloting of the solution and first live trade, the service will be gradually rolled out to hedge funds and their executing and prime brokers. It is also the intention to make the service available to institutional fund managers and their brokers in the future.
Hedge funds will access the service through Omgeo CTM and through their executing and prime brokers who are EuroCCP participants. These brokers will authorise locked-in trades and release them to EuroCCP, where the trades are novated, netted and routed to the relevant European central securities depository (CSD) for settlement on a netted basis.
Neil Martin, MD, Cash Securities Clearing & Settlement, Credit Suisse, said: "We are pleased to successfully test and execute a first live trade on this trade matching solution. Adding central counterparty netting to the trade processing flow between us and our clients enables us to reduce counterparty risk and improve operational efficiency."
Todd Schroeder, Deputy Head of Global Operations at Omnium, an affiliate of Citadel, said: "Having access to the benefits of a CCP solution and the trade guarantee it provides is of great value to hedge funds and investment managers. The ability to provide efficient straight-through processing coupled with a greater degree of risk mitigation for our clients is of utmost importance to Citadel and having this new service available to us in the marketplace is a major step in effectively meeting those needs."
Adding to this, Leigh Walters, Global Head of Sales, Omgeo, said: "Omgeo and EuroCCP have been working closely with an Industry User Group to develop the new processing solution. Now that the necessary links to Omgeo CTM and EuroCCP have been built and this new revolutionary trade matching and CCP solution has executed its first live trade, we anticipate further hedge funds and brokers to come on board in the ensuing months."
Diana Chan, CEO of EuroCCP, said: "In today's environment, settlement of hedge funds' trades between their executing and prime brokers occurs bilaterally without any CCP trade guarantee, exposing these parties to counterparty risk."