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Standard Chartered Bank goes live with Euroclear’s Collateral Highway

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Brussels and Singapore, 4 November 2014 – At the Euroclear Asia Collateral Conference held today in Singapore, Euroclear Bank and Standard Chartered Bank commemorated the launch of their joint collateral optimisation initiative.

First announced last year, Standard Chartered Bank’s clients can now leverage Euroclear’s Open Inventory Sourcing (OIS) capabilities on the global collateral conduit known as the Collateral Highway.

Under the agreement, mutual clients are able to utilise assets held at Standard Chartered to meet collateral requirements arising in triparty repos, CCP margining and other financing deals managed by Euroclear Bank via the Collateral Highway. These assets do not leave the Standard Chartered Bank network, but are used in a virtual single cross-border pool.

The solution enables clients to use their assets held in domestic Asian capital markets to tap deep international financing sources from a wide spectrum of non-Asian counterparties. Clients are able to get the right securities collateral to the right place at the right time, and benefit from increased overall collateral processing efficiencies and lower funding costs.

George Nast, Global Head of Product Management for Transaction Banking at Standard Chartered Bank, stated: “We are delighted to strengthen our services to clients by partnering with Euroclear Bank. These are exciting times as the global capital markets adapt to changing regulations that impact the secured funding space. By joining Euroclear’s Highway and using its unique technology, we are ensuring that customers can now take a holistic approach to collateral management and liquidity provision. Safety, precision and timeliness – guaranteed.”

Olivier Grimonpont, General Manager and Regional Head, Asia-Pacific for Euroclear, commented: “Today’s collateral challenges we face are greater and more global than they have been in the past, and this calls for a global solution. Offering Standard Chartered Bank and their clients access to our open-architecture ecosystem is part of the ongoing extension of the Collateral Highway to more markets globally. Our priorities in collateral management are primarily to grow the connectivity that we have on the Collateral Highway, in terms of both sourcing and delivering both bonds and equities from around the world on behalf of our clients in an automatic and frictionless manner. We are honoured that we have been chosen by this local financial powerhouse to improve liquidity flows into and out of Asia.”

Today’s signing ceremony follows the recent joint venture announced by Euroclear and the DTCC, forming “DTCC – Euroclear Global Collateral Ltd”, which optimises collateral movements for clients of these depositories on a transatlantic basis.

The Standard Chartered / Euroclear Bank collateral partnership ensures that mutual clients of both institutions achieve greater risk protection and can manage their available assets more efficiently across business lines, irrespective of geography. Euroclear Bank has also partnered with Citi and BNP Paribas Securities Services to offer similar cross-border collateral pooling initiatives.

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About Euroclear

Euroclear is one of the world's largest providers of domestic and cross-border settlement and related services for bond, equity, ETF and other mutual fund transactions with offices in 15 countries across the globe and links to 46 international markets.

Euroclear is a proven, resilient capital market infrastructure committed to delivering risk-mitigation, automation and efficiency at scale for its global client franchise which includes over 100 central banks and supranationals.

The Euroclear group includes Euroclear Bank, which is consistently rated AA+ by Fitch Ratings and AA by Standard & Poor's, as well as Euroclear Belgium, Euroclear Finland, Euroclear France, Euroclear Nederland, Euroclear Sweden and Euroclear UK & Ireland. The group settled the equivalent of $789 trillion (€572 trillion) in securities transactions in 2013 representing 170 million domestic and cross-border transactions, and held over $33.3 trillion (€24.2 trillion) in assets for clients.

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About Standard Chartered

We are a leading international banking group, with more than 86,000 employees and a 150-year history in some of the world’s most dynamic markets. We bank the people and companies driving investment, trade and the creation of wealth across Asia, Africa and the Middle East, where we earn around 90 per cent of our income and profits. Our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, Here for good.
Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India.

For more information please visit www.sc.com. Hear from Standard Chartered’s experts and comment on our blog at ourviews.sc.com. Follow Standard Chartered on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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