Eurex Clearing has announced that it plans to expand its Partnership Program to cover the repo and OTC foreign exchange (OTC FX) segments. The design of the program extension is complementary to the OTC interest rate derivatives segment, which started in January 2018. As part of its partnership program Eurex Clearing shares governance and economics with the most active program participants.
For the repo segment, the aim of the program is to increase choice and efficiency for market participants in Special Repo and General Collateral instruments and to foster adoption and growth in the dealer-to-client repo business.
The new FX segment of the Partnership Program is designed to deliver the benefits of clearing to OTC FX markets, which are still largely uncleared today. Eurex Clearing is currently working with market participants to be the first major clearing house to offer a comprehensive cross currency swap clearing service.
Market participants can now register their interest to join the new program components for a planned start in Q1/2019. Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley have expressed an early interest to join both new segments – Repo and OTC FX . In addition, Citigroup, DekaBank and LBBW have indicated their interest to participate in the Repo program. Further details of the program extension will be made available to interested market participants in due course.
Erik Müller, CEO of Eurex Clearing, commented:
The extension of the Partnership Program further enhances choice and innovation in the marketplace. Market participants now can tap the full benefits of Eurex Clearing’s integrated value proposition across fixed income derivatives, Repo and FX markets.
Charles Bristow, Co-Head of Global Rates Trading, J.P. Morgan, said:
J.P. Morgan has been an early supporter and design partner for the OTC interest rate derivatives clearing segment of the Partnership Program. We welcome the planned extension of this successful program which is aimed at broadening market participants’ clearing options for the new asset classes and increasing resiliency.