NEX Optimisation and Capitolis have entered into a partnership to provide immediate access to Capitolis’ FX novation service through the NEX Infinity platform.
Launched in 2018, Capitolis has created a platform for end-to-end FX novation processing to try and bring greater standardisation, automation and transparency to the buy and sell sides.
Complying with the ISDA Novations Protocol, ‘Capitolis Novation’ automates the currently manual workflow in both FX prime broking and bilateral trading. The service addresses operational, audit, cost, speed and scale inefficiencies resulting from the manual process.
Capitolis has announced that Citi and HSBC are the first FX prime brokers to go live on its novation service.The two banks were live in December 2018 and contributed to bringing the service to market alongside Capitolis. The service, called Capitolis Novation, is a technology platform that automates manual workflows in both FX prime broking and bilateral trading, working collaboratively to provide capital efficiencies for the FX market. The service aims to help reduce overall balance sheet notional and risk exposures that banks currently employ to meet their regulatory capital requirements.
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.