Paris, 20 September 2019 – Euroclear France has been appointed issuer CSD for two Spanish equities listed on Euronext trading venues via its Tech Hub initiative. Euronext Tech Hub aims at helping Tech companies across Europe to raise funding on capital markets.

These equity admissions are a milestone for Euroclear France aligning to its strategy of broadening the scope of its issuer network across Europe.

Euroclear France’s ambition is to implement a pan European offering which allows corporate issuers to issue their equities through a single entry point and distribute efficiently. The solution is already available for Spanish and Italian issuers, with the next phase of the roll out to include German and Swiss.

Equity issuance in Europe is currently fragmented with issuers tending to use their domestic market provider to distribute securities. Euroclear France’s solution will provide increased choice to issuers and will allow them to benefit from a wide range of Euroclear services, including enhanced shareholder transparency and asset servicing.

BNP Paribas Securities Services has been selected to act as share registrar and paying agent.

Brigitte Daurelle, CEO of ESES (Euroclear France, Euroclear Belgium and Euroclear Nederland) said: “These equity admissions are the first step in our goal to offer a single holistic service, allowing European issuers to use Euroclear as their entry point to access an international investor base. As a market infrastructure, this service offering complements our role of supporting the European trading platforms and issuers in their desire to achieve increased international access.”

Susana de Antonio, Head of EU Tech Hub at Euronext added: “'Efficient and cross border settlement offerings are key to enabling admission to the listing of European corporates on Euronext listing venues. Spain is an important and promising market for Euronext and we are delighted to benefit from the support and expertise of Euroclear Group CSDs to facilitate the listing admission of Spanish issuers.”

Alain Pochet, Head of Client Delivery at BNP Paribas Securities Services commented: “We are proud to take part in this important step towards a harmonised equity issuance landscape in Europe, which will help facilitate cross border investment and make it easier for companies raising funds on the European equity markets.”

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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 791 trillion in securities transactions in 2018, representing 230 million domestic and cross-border transactions and held an average of EUR 28.8 trillion in assets for clients.

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"As a market infrastructure, this service offering complements our role of supporting the European trading platforms and issuers in their desire to achieve increased international access."

Brigitte Daurelle, CEO of ESES


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