London, 01 March 2019 – Euroclear UK & Ireland is pleased to confirm that the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has recognised Euroclear UK & Ireland as a third country CSD in accordance with Article 25 of the EU CSD Regulation.

This ensures that Euroclear UK & Ireland will be able to continue its Irish securities settlement services after March 2019 in a no-deal Brexit scenario. Euroclear UK & Ireland's recognition will apply from 30 March 2019 to 30 March 2021, by which time it is expected that the Irish securities market will have migrated to Euroclear Bank.

Euroclear UK & Ireland is working with the European Central Bank and the Central Bank of Ireland regarding continued euro settlement services in a no-deal Brexit scenario and will update clients in due course.

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Euroclear group is the financial industry’s trusted provider of post trade services. At the core, the group provides settlement and custody of domestic and cross-border securities for bonds, equities and derivatives to investment funds. Euroclear is a proven, resilient capital market infrastructure committed to delivering risk-mitigation, automation and efficiency at scale for its global client franchise.

The Euroclear group includes Euroclear Bank - which is 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 Euroclear group settled the equivalent of EUR 733 trillion in securities transactions in 2017, representing 215 million domestic and cross-border transactions and held EUR 28.6 trillion in assets for clients.

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