South Africa’s FirstRand becomes CLS settlement member

Provider of risk management and operational services for the global Forex market CLS Group (CLS) announced today that FirstRand, one of South Africa’s largest financial institutions, has become a CLS settlement member.

Founded in 1998, FirstRand plays an important role in the trading of many currencies, including the South African rand, which has been a CLS-eligible currency for more than 10 years. The addition of FirstRand takes the total number of CLS settlement members to 64 and fits with CLS’s strategy to expand levels of participation across all global regions.

firstrand_logoSettlement members are direct participants in the CLS system and submit payment instructions relating to their own FX transactions as well as those of their customers (known as indirect or third-party participants). Today, CLS settlement members submit payment instructions on behalf of over 18,000 institutions worldwide, including banks, funds, non-bank financial institutions and multinational corporations.

David Puth, CEO of CLS, says:

“I am extremely pleased to welcome FirstRand as a CLS settlement member. This strengthens our presence in Africa and serves to confirm the critical role CLS plays in optimising risk management, operational and liquidity efficiencies for the global FX market. Participation in CLS continues to grow and we look forward to welcoming new members as we evolve further.”

Andries du Toit, FirstRand Group Treasurer, says:

“Joining CLS as a settlement member is a great boost to our clients that are active in the global FX market. The South African rand is Africa’s most actively traded currency and mitigating settlement risk is a key priority for many institutions. Participation within the CLS ecosystem will enable us to achieve this goal and help reinforce FirstRand’s position as South Africa’s financial services group of choice.”

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