LCH Processes Its First Cross-Currency Basis Swap

LCH SwapAgent, a service for the non-cleared derivatives market, has processed its first cross-currency basis swap. 

The first trade was conducted between Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank and was a EUR/USD cross-currency basis swap. The trade was brokered by Icap and processed through MarkitSERV.

This represents the first non-cleared trade to be transacted as LCH STM, SwapAgent’s settlement-to-market legal and operational framework. LCH STM facilitates full and final daily NPV settlement, rather than collateralisation by way of exchange of variation margin, and the netting of such settlement and contractual trade cashflows. 

Nathan Ondyak, global head of LCH SwapAgent, says: “Our vision for LCH SwapAgent is to extend the trusted infrastructure and efficiencies of clearing to the non-cleared derivatives market. Through SwapAgent, participants in the cross-currency basis market can reduce unnecessary risk and payments, increase trade compression and simplify the post-trade process.” 

Joseph Macdonald, head of collateral optimisation trading at Deutsche Bank comments: “We are continuously looking for new ways to optimise our trading portfolios and balance sheet. Using a service like LCH SwapAgent helps us to achieve this by allowing greater compression opportunities and better capital treatment for asset classes like cross currency swaps. We look forward to continuing to work with LCH and the industry on this initiative.” 

LCH SwapAgent now offers processing for cross-currency basis swaps denominated in Australian dollars, Canadian dollars, euros, Japanese yen, pounds sterling and Swiss franc against the US dollar.

This is in addition to its current product set, which covers 18 currencies on swaps, FRAs, OIS and inflation swaps. 

In total, 14 dealers have already confirmed their support for LCH SwapAgent including: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, BNP Paribas, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Nomura and RBS.

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