Clearing house LCH has announced that it is the first clearing house to integrate with FX Connect TradeNexus, State Street’s FX trading platform that provides exception-based automated matching, trade and settlement confirmation enrichment and third party messaging.

Kate Lowe, managing director, global head of TradeNexus, says, “Uncleared margin rules are changing the way the market looks at post-execution workflows. We’re seeing increasing demand for integration of a cleared settlement model as an extension of our existing settlement matching and messaging services. Our goal is to make this a seamless solution to ensure as little disruption as possible for our clients. FX Connect TradeNexus is uniquely positioned to support our clients’ incorporation of FX clearing to their existing bilateral process. We are excited to work with LCH ForexClear and our buy- and sell-side partners in designing this front-to-back clearing solution.”

The new link provides users of TradeNexus with access to ForexClear’s clearing service, while retaining the familiarity and functionality of its existing bilateral services. AllianceBernstein, Brandywine Global Investment Management, Standard Chartered Bank, and State Street are among the first firms to collaborate with ForexClear and TradeNeXus on the service, which is initially available for G10 and NDF markets.

The link up means that asset managers on FX Connect’s platform can now benefit from direct access to LCH’s clearing service, via workflows integrated into TradeNexus. ForexClear offers NDF clearing services across 12 emerging market currencies and five G10 currencies.

“Connecting FX Connect TradeNexus as a new trade source for ForexClear makes it easier than ever for asset managers to clear their FX derivatives portfolios,” says Paddy Boyle, head of Forexclear. “This new connection comes at an opportune time of increased demand for clearing services with most of the largest asset managers becoming subject to uncleared margin rules this year or next.”

Gaetano DiMiceli, head of derivative operations and technology, AllianceBernstein, adds, “Clearing offers us significant benefits in terms of counterparty risk management, and enables us to have complete trade certainty. We’re pleased that TradeNexus now offers routes to LCH on a platform we already have experience with so that our access to clearing has become even more efficient.”

Meanwhile, Mark Solomon, director, client and trading operations, Brandywine Global Investment Management, says, “We are excited to be at the forefront of this initiative, partnering with LCH and FX Connect TradeNexus on the development of this new FX clearing workflow. The seamless integration between FX Connect and our order management system is simple to implement and will help improve efficiencies. We now can offer our clients an alternative FX execution method that provides significant benefits related to counterparty risk management and reducing initial margin requirements when trading bilaterally.”

Colin Lambert

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