TRADE FINANCE | Roxanne Uy, Singapore

A quick guide to BNP Paribas' newest service for the LSE-SGX cross-trade project

Find out how its post-trade service will benefit Singapore-based brokers unlikely to hold memberships of any UK-based clearing house.

According to BNP Paribas Securities Services, it will offer an integrated post-trade service to banks, brokers and other financial intermediaries wishing to trade stocks under the proposed cross-trade agreement between the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and the Singapore Exchange (SGX).

The agreement between the two exchanges is designed to boost liquidity and increase access for investors. The first phase will see LSE members start to trade shares on the newly created International Board in the top 37 companies listed on the SGX this year, before SGX members begin trading blue-chip, FTSE 100 stocks in the first half of 2013.

LCH.Clearnet Ltd, the international clearing house, will provide clearing services for the proposed cross-trade agreement. Through its memberships of LCH.Clearnet Ltd as a general clearer and of central securities depositories in the UK and Singapore, BNP Paribas will offer brokers the ability to clear, settle and safe-keep Singaporean stocks traded on the International Board, and FTSE 100 stocks traded on SGX.

This will benefit Singapore-based brokers that are unlikely to hold memberships of any UK-based clearing house by enabling them to clear locally without having to invest in new memberships or additional technology.

The cross-trade agreement reflects increasing impetus from major exchange-groups to partner with other exchanges in leading economies, and BNP Paribas believes it can help exchanges’ global expansion.

“We are a local custodian in 25 markets clearing 2 million executions daily as a member of 11 clearing houses globally,” said Philippe Ruault, global head of Clearing and Settlement at BNP Paribas Securities Services. “We have a long track-record of simplifying complexity in the post trade environment. This puts us in a strong position to help clients with their post-trade requirements, and to help exchanges with their international growth ambitions. We look forward to supporting the LSE and SGX in future initiatives.”

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