BNP Paribas Securities Services goes live on Euroclear’s global Collateral Highway
Brussels, Paris and London, 11 March 2013 – BNP Paribas Securities Services (BNP Paribas), a global custodian with over USD 7 trillion in assets under custody, and Euroclear Bank today announces the launch of their joint tri-party collateral management arrangements via Euroclear’s Collateral Highway. The initiative enables mutual clients to access securities held at BNP Paribas Securities Services as collateral for tri-party operations conducted by Euroclear Bank.
BNP Paribas and Euroclear Bank entered into a collaboration agreement in 2012 and have since been working together to develop the joint initiative to support clients in sourcing securities to meet their growing collateral needs. High demand, stricter risk management practices and new regulation are increasing the need for collateral at a time when high-grade collateral is increasingly difficult to source easily.
Frederic Hannequart, Chairman of Euroclear Bank, said: “This partnership is particularly timely and important as demand for collateral continues to increase. By joining forces, we alleviate one of the challenges of collateral fragmentation by making the transfer of collateral to the right place at the right time as seamless and operationally simple as possible. As the first agent bank live on our Collateral Highway, we applaud BNP Paribas’ foresight and drive to offer their clients a flexible and innovative option to ease collateral flows. We are delighted to be partnering with them.”
The BNP Paribas/Euroclear Bank collateral transfer arrangement ensures that mutual clients of both institutions achieve greater risk protection and manage their available assets more efficiently. In this collaboration, securities held in local custody with BNP Paribas may be used as collateral in triparty collateral management deals managed by Euroclear Bank.
Alain Pochet, Head of Clearing, Settlement and Custody at BNP Paribas Securities Services, said: “This is a major achievement for both parties, and comes at a very appropriate timing for our clients who face significant regulatory changes. From today, they will be able to flawlessly finance their available securities, which will help them address the ever-increasing demand for collateral."
“The first trade completed through this partnership was executed in the Spanish market. It allowed our mutual client to use available securities held with BNP Paribas Securities Madrid as collateral for the tri-party transaction administered by Euroclear Bank. This resulted in increased purchasing power for the client. The transaction was easy and successful, and we are confident that this collaboration will continue to bear fruit in future – in fact, this same service is already available in the Italian market as well.”
BNP Paribas and Euroclear Bank are currently working to extend the scope of the arrangement to the main European and Asian markets.
About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas (www.bnpparibas.com) has a presence in 80 countries with nearly 200,000 employees, including more than 150,000 in Europe. It ranks highly in its three core activities: Retail Banking,Investment Solutions and Corporate & Investment Banking. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leader in consumer lending.
BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail banking model across Mediterranean basin countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Investment Banking and Investment Solutions activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas and solid and fast-growing businesses in Asia-Pacific.
About BNP Paribas Securities Services – BNP Paribas Securities Services (http://securities.bnpparibas.com/jahia/Jahia/site/portal), a wholly owned subsidiary of the BNP Paribas Group, is a leading global custodian and securities services provider backed by a strong universal bank. It provides integrated solutions to all participants in the investment cycle including the buy side, sell side, corporates and issuers.
The bank has a local presence in 34 countries across five continents, effecting global coverage of more than 100 markets. It partners with clients to help overcome complexity, while offering a one-stop shop for all asset classes, both onshore and offshore, around the world.
Key figures as at 30 September 2012: USD 6,815 billion of assets under custody; USD 1,280 billion of assets under administration; more than 7,044 administered funds and 7,700 employees.
About Euroclear Bank
Euroclear Bank, based in Brussels, is the world’s largest provider of settlement and related services for cross-border transactions involving bonds, equities, investment funds and derivatives. Serving major financial institutions located in more than 90 countries, Euroclear Bank is rated AA+ by Fitch Ratings and AA by Standard & Poor’s.
Euroclear Bank is part of the Euroclear group, which includes Euroclear Belgium, Euroclear Finland, Euroclear France, Euroclear Nederland, Euroclear Sweden and Euroclear UK & Ireland. The Euroclear group settled the equivalent of EUR 542 trillion in securities transactions in 2012, representing 159 million domestic and cross-border transactions, and held more than EUR 23 trillion in assets for clients.