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Capitolis Adds Firms to FX Novation Service

Capitolis, a technology provider for the capital markets, announces today that the number of participants on Capitolis Novation has grown to more than 20 bank and non-bank customers. 

As well as previously announced Citi, HSBC, BlueCrest and Brevan Howard, other market participants including Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered, Nomura and Societe Generale are collaborating with Capitolis on the service, which Capitolis says is the first of its kind in FX. 

The platform is now fully live and processing the novation of FX options contracts amongst multiple participants. Additional functionalities and other balance sheet reduction models are currently being tested and rolled out including bilateral option novation and forwards and swaps novation.

Bevan Kaminer, COO of Coremont (provider of compression services to asset managers, including Brevan Howard), says: “We are pleased to be working with the experienced team at Capitolis.  The process of novating FX contracts using the Capitolis service represents a marked improvement in operational efficiency. We have been able to speak to our bank counterparties proactively and gain better service and execution with regards to reducing counterparty exposure.”  

David Reid, managing director, global head of FX prime brokerage at Deutsche Bank,adds: “We believe the market as a whole has already benefited from the centralised solution, which isautomating the discovery, negotiation and agreement of transactions using the migration of contracts utilised in novation. In our role as an executing bank and prime broker, we are pleased to be part of the network to bring an innovative way of solving an industry problem around optimisation and we are happy to be working with a team with the strength and expertise of Capitolis.”

Graham Wintersgill, managing director of FX salesat Standard Chartered, says: “In our capacity as an executing bank, we believe this service helps address both cost and efficiency and provides better automation and transparency working across the FX market,which benefits our clients and improves their experience. Capitolis has brought an innovative solution with excellent functionality to support what is a significant capital constraint and we believe this will benefit the market as a whole.”

Russell Watson, Global Markets COO, EMEA, at Nomura adds: “We are constantly looking for ways to streamline our business processes and generate efficiencies. The Capitolis platform enables us to improve an otherwise manually intensive process to enhance our clients’ experience.”

Gil Mandelzis, CEO of Capitolis, says: “Since we launched the service, we have seen tremendous growth with numerous leading market participants working with us to establish this industry solution for novation.  We are grateful for the strong support our solution has received from executing banks, prime brokers and leading buy side firms. We believe the accelerated market adoption has demonstrated the benefit of this unique and holistic network of collaboratively working on a key constraint in the capital markets.”

Julie Ros

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