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EuroCCP to provide clearing and settlement services to TradeWeb for European ETFs

EuroCCP, Europe’s leading equities clearinghouse, today announces its collaboration with TradeWeb, a global operator of electronic marketplaces for multiple products including Rates, Credit, Equities, ETFs and Money Markets.

The press release associated to this announcement can be found here.

The new clearing link will enable its members and their clients to streamline the settlement process of ETFs in Europe, whilst providing important counterparty protection in the event of a default.

The settlement of ETFs today can be impacted by high costs associated with OTC settlements and subsequent fails. With CSDR settlement discipline measures on the horizon, the introduction of CCP services for TradeWeb in ETFs can mitigate against such issues, whilst being able to cross net ETFs traded and cleared on other trading venues.

The clearing link between TradeWeb & EuroCCP is expected to be available to its clients in Q4 2019, subject to regulatory approvals.

Please contact the Relationship Management & Client Services team at EuroCCP for further information.

Tradeweb Announces Central Counterparty Clearing for European ETFs in Partnership with EuroCCP

London – September 5, 2019 – Tradeweb Markets Inc. (Nasdaq: TW), a leading global operator of electronic marketplaces for rates, credit, equities and money markets, and EuroCCP,  Europe’s leading equities clearing house, today announced a strategic collaboration to facilitate central counterparty clearing for European Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs).

This collaboration will help streamline European clients’ settlement process and minimise costs, by facilitating pre-settle margin and netting of exposures — while still offering pan-European ETF investors the transparency and benefits afforded by the RFQ process.

“By offering our clients the ability to centrally clear European ETF trades, we are enhancing the RFQ workflow by introducing a new post-trade process to help investors minimise settlement fails and improve efficiency,” said Enrico Bruni, head of Europe and Asia business at Tradeweb. “As a leader in the ETF marketplace, we remain fully committed to innovative client solutions, and we are excited about this new initiative.”

With regulators aiming to harmonise rules under the European Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR), market participants will soon be subject to new Settlement Discipline procedures, including cash penalties for settlement fails and mandatory buy-ins. By offering access to central clearing and settlement services via EuroCCP within the trading workflow, Tradeweb will help clients navigate these new rules and mitigate counterparty risk for clearing participants.

Cécile Nagel, CEO, EuroCCP said: “Our partnership with Tradeweb allows us to expand our ETF clearing business, delivering a new and innovative service to clients which helps them to better manage the cost and risk of trading this asset class.”

“Introducing CCPs to ETF trading on Tradeweb’s RFQ platforms is an important market structure enhancement, improving the clearing, settlement and utility of ETFs,” said Jason Warr, Head of Global Markets at BlackRock iShares.

Tradeweb launched its European ETF trading platform in 2012 and its U.S. ETF trading platform in 2016.  In August 2019, Tradeweb announced July trade volumes in European ETFs had risen by 55.2% Y-O-Y to reach a record figure of $1.5bn per day.  As of June 30, 2019, over 60% of European ETF transactions were processed via Tradeweb’s Automated Intelligent Execution Tool (AiEX).

Tradeweb’s global ETF marketplaces deliver an alternative method for investment firms to access competitive OTC prices with greater efficiency and transparency. The platforms offer a number of tools that reduce errors and improve performance, while streamlining post-trade processing and providing reports that help institutional investors meet their best execution requirements. Tradeweb’s ETF CCP service is expected to be available by the fourth quarter of 2019, subject to regulatory approvals.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements related to, among other things, the expected timing and availability of Tradeweb’s new ETF CCP solution, our future performance, the markets in which we operate, our expectations, beliefs, plans, strategies, objectives, prospects and assumptions and future events are forward-looking statements.

We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While we believe these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. These and other important factors, including those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in our prospectus filed with the SEC on April 5, 2019 and other documents of Tradeweb Markets Inc. on file with or furnished to the SEC, may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are not guarantees of future performance or events and our actual results and the development of the industry and markets in which we operate, may differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this release. In addition, even if future performance or events, our results or developments in the industry and markets in which we operate, are consistent with the forward-looking statements contained in this release, they may not be predictive of performance, events, results or developments in future periods.

Any forward-looking statement that we make in this release speaks only as of the date of such statement. Except as required by law, we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise, or to publicly announce any update or revision to, any of the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this release.

About Tradeweb Markets
Tradeweb Markets Inc. (Nasdaq: TW) is a leading, global operator of electronic marketplaces for rates, credit, equities and money markets. Founded in 1996, Tradeweb provides access to markets, data and analytics, electronic trading, straight-through-processing and reporting for more than 40 products to clients in the institutional, wholesale and retail markets. Advanced technologies developed by Tradeweb enhance price discovery, order execution and trade workflows while allowing for greater scale and helping to reduce risks in client trading operations. Tradeweb serves approximately 2,500 clients in more than 60 countries. On average, Tradeweb facilitated more than $630 billion in notional value traded per day over the past four fiscal quarters. For more information, please go to www.tradeweb.com.

About EuroCCP
EuroCCP is important to Europe’s equities markets as it currently clears for 36 trading venues, representing near 90% of the equity landscape in the continent, making EuroCCP the most connected equity CCP in Europe. EuroCCP provides clearing members with easy access and ability to maximise operational efficiency and netting opportunities whilst reducing risk and cost in the market.  Headquartered in Amsterdam, EuroCCP is regulated by De Nederlandsche Bank and by Autoriteit Financiële Markten. EuroCCP is equally owned by Cboe Europe, Euronext, NASDAQ, ABN AMRO Clearing Bank and The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC).

 

ETF Buy-In Extension Period

Dear Clearing Participant,

EuroCCP is pleased to announce an extension to the buy-in period for ETF securities from ISD+4 to ISD+7. This extension has been made in close cooperation with the ETF community and to align the buy-in period for ETFs with local market practices. The changes become effective per settlement date 12 Aug 2019.

EuroCCP’s Regulation Buy-in Procedure has been updated accordingly and can be found here, which includes the normal timeline below, as well as the new ETF timelines.

The changed timeline for ETFs only will be:

Please note this will not impact the market maker buy-in timeframes and will also be  applicable across all markets.

Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact your Relationship Manager.

EuroCCP Annual Client Review 2019

EuroCCP is shortly to undertake its annual Clearing Participant review which will require all Clearing Participants to provide the following information:

  1. Certificate of Incorporation and current Articles of Association,
    Excerpt from Chamber of Commerce or Company Register and
    Organisation chart
  2. Current Authorised Signatory list
  3. Proof of regulated status: Credit institution, Bank or Investment firm established in a FATF country (If a bank, evidence of banking license)
  4. Copy of your Annual Report (English Version) and Disclosure Report
  5. Current contact list for all teams within your organisation, including escalation contacts
  6. LEI Number
  7. Contact Details of the Security Team and SOC (telephone number, email address, escalation 24X7 telephone number)
  8. Ultimate Beneficial Ownership (UBO) greater than 25%

EuroCCP is a central counterparty authorised pursuant to the EU Regulation on OTC derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories (Regulation 648/2012 “EMIR”) and is required to conduct a comprehensive review of its Clearing Participants.

The deadline for completion of this review is 19th August 2019 and EuroCCP’s Client Services Team will be contacting all Clearing Participants by email from 27th July 2019

We look forward to the return of this information before that date however, should you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

Euroclear Finland – Partial settlements and EuroCCP to mandate PARQ indicator

Please be aware that Euroclear Finland has confirmed the introduction of partial settlement on trade date 30 September 2019. EuroCCP will therefore mandate the use of PARQ for this market in keeping with its Regulation Settlement.

The main changes impacting EuroCCP’s services incorporate:

  • Partial settlement functionality.
  • Settlement agent Power of Attorney.

Partial Settlement

The partial settlement windows for settlement instructions against payment are scheduled at 11:00, 13:00 and 16:30 EET.

Clearing Participants need to ensure that the settlement instructions submitted into the settlement system include the PARQ indicator. This is a mandatory requirement and Clearing Participants are responsible for informing any trading members that they must update their settlement instructions to reflect the PARQ indicator on 30 September 2019.

Settlement Agent Power of Attorney

Settlement instructions sent to the Clearing Participant’s settlement agent under the Settlement Agent Power of Attorney (PoA), will be enriched to include the partial indicator PARQ and the status of the PoA settlement instruction will be “released” (NEWM).

Testing

Clients are encouraged to test the new functionality to ensure a smooth migration and that the enriched settlement agent POA instructions flow STP in participants post trade systems.

EuroCCP will support testing from 5 August 2019 until 9 September 2019 and clients can contact EuroCCP’s testing team at: clienttesting@euroccp.com to arrange support.

Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact EuroCCPs Relationship Management Team.

 

Swiss Equivalence

The Swiss Federal Department of Finance (FDF) published a notice on 24 June 2019 that in the event that the EU equivalence decision for Swiss trading venues is not extended beyond its current expiration date of 30 June 2019, it will remove the recognition that allows EU trading venues to offer trading in certain Swiss equity securities.

Due to this measure, the relevant EU trading venues have announced to delist certain equities securities of companies with a Swiss registered office and listed on a Swiss exchange in the event that Switzerland is not granted equivalence from the EU by Sunday 30th June 2019.

EuroCCP will continue to be authorized to offer clearing services both in the EU as well as in Switzerland and will continue to clear Swiss market securities.

The measure taken by the FDF will impact EU trading venues ability to admit to trading securities of companies with a Swiss registered office and listed on a Swiss exchange with effect from the start of trading on Monday 1st July 2019.

Clearing participants are advised to speak to the individual trading venues for further information.

EuroCCP’s clearing services remain unaffected.

Tim Beckwith Joins EuroCCP as Head of Commercial Development

Amsterdam and London, 25 June 2019 – EuroCCP, Europe’s leading equities clearinghouse, today announces the appointment of Tim Beckwith as Head of Commercial Development. Mr Beckwith joins from LCH Ltd where he was a Director and Head of Sales and Relationship Management for equities.

In his new role, Mr Beckwith will lead a team of eight people with responsibility for sales, relationship management, client services, marketing and product development. He will focus on advancing and growing client relationships, generating new business and looking for opportunities to create new products and services that address clients’ needs.

Mr Beckwith has extensive financial markets experience and has worked for the past 10 years in senior client relationship and business development roles in major financial institutions including London Stock Exchange Group and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Mr Beckwith will report directly to EuroCCP’s CEO, Cécile Nagel.

Commenting on the appointment, Ms Nagel said: “EuroCCP is a client centric organisation and we are proud of our strong engagement and partnership with our clients. I am delighted that we have been able to recruit someone with Tim’s industry knowledge and experience to help us develop the business and address clients’ needs in a continuously changing environment.”

Mr Beckwith will join EuroCCP on 1st July as part of the firm’s Senior Management Team. His recruitment follows the appointment of David Hatton as Chief Technology Officer in May.

EuroCCP Appoints David Hatton as Chief Technology Officer

Amsterdam and London, 14 May 2019 – EuroCCP, Europe’s leading equities clearinghouse, today announces the appointment of David Hatton as Chief Technology Officer. Mr Hatton will take over from Albert-Jan Huizing, who has decided to step down at the end of June 2019 having worked at EuroCCP since its formation in 2007.

Mr Hatton brings 25 years financial services technology experience having worked across Europe in London, Frankfurt, Paris and Geneva. He joined LCH in 2011 and helped build and launch their Foreign Exchange Clearing Service – ForexClear. In 2014, Mr Hatton moved to Paris as Head of IT for CDSClear where he led the technical aspects of their transformation programme and had overall responsibility for IT Strategy, Run and Change. Most recently David was Product Owner for the FX Option Migration Project at Commerzbank AG.

Reporting directly to EuroCCP’s CEO, Cécile Nagel, Mr Hatton will be responsible for setting the firm’s IT strategy and managing the IT function across infrastructure, application development and support.

Commenting, Ms Nagel said: “I am delighted that David has chosen to join EuroCCP. As we continue to develop our business, we need to understand how existing and new technology can help support our growth and bring efficiencies to our clients.”

Since its inception, EuroCCP has become one of the pre-eminent pan-European equities CCPs, with access to 36 venues including CBOE Europe, Euronext, the London Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and SIX Swiss Exchange.

Paying tribute to Albert-Jan Huizing, Ms Nagel added: “He has been integral to the development and success of EuroCCP since it was launched more than 10 years ago, helping turn the business into one of Europe’s leading market infrastructures. His contribution and counsel will be missed.”

Mr Hatton will join EuroCCP on 20th May 2019 allowing for handover and a smooth transition.

Reporting on Capital Requirement Regulation

The Capital Requirement Regulation (EU 575/2013-CRR) requires EuroCCP to disclose information to allow a Clearing Participant to determine its own funds requirement for its exposure on EuroCCP.

Accordingly, please find the information for 31 March 2019

in pdf format,

or

in Excel format.

Updated Regulation Fees and Penalties

EuroCCP is committed to continue to provide a competitive and valuable service to its clients and the industry.  To support this, we would like to inform you that following EuroCCP’s annual pricing review, EuroCCP’s fee schedule will be amended effective from 1 May 2019 as follows:

  1. Clearing Participant Membership fee  (General and Direct) : Increase from EUR 12,000 to EUR 20,000 per annum
  2. Trading Participant Membership fee:  increase  from EUR 2,500 to EUR 3,500 per annum.
  3. Clearing fee cap: increase from  EUR 130,000 to EUR 140,000 per month.

The key drivers for our increase are set out below.

EuroCCP has incurred increased workload and additional costs because of Brexit and the contingency arrangements that we have had to put in place for our clients, specifically onboarding new EU platforms and new EU members.  There are also additional ongoing costs as a result of servicing the new EU platforms, as well as managing member flows between entities to ensure continuity of services in all Brexit scenarios.

EuroCCP continues to invest and develop its business to deliver greater efficiencies to clients.  Specifically, clearing members are able to consolidate more activity through EuroCCP as we have recently established connections to Euronext Dublin, Oslo Bors, Borsa Italiana and Morgan Stanley MTF.  The preferred clearing model on Euronext and Borsa Italiana is live and we encourage members to take full advantage of the lower clearing fees and the netting benefits available by choosing EuroCCP as their preferred CCP.  We plan to go live with connections to additional venues, including Deutsche Boerse in the coming months.

The fee increase will also cater for EuroCCP’s continuous strengthening of its risk and control framework in an ever increasingly demanding regulatory environment.

Finally, we are looking at a number of opportunities, such as additional products and service improvements to help us deliver further efficiencies for our clients.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuous support.

Should you wish to discuss trade feed access and netting opportunities or have any questions regarding the above changes please contact EuroCCP’s Relationship Management team.

A copy of the new fee schedule can be found below.