LCH And Euronext Sign Clearing Agreement
LCH, a leading global clearing house, is delighted to announce that it has signed binding terms with Euronext N.V. (“Euronext”) for the continued provision of clearing services for listed financial and commodity derivatives with LCH SA, the Group’s continental European operating subsidiary. The agreement is expected to be finalised in Q4 2017.
The new long-term agreement covers the clearing of financial derivatives and commodity derivatives for a period of 10 years. It provides continuity of best in class clearing services for members, saving the cost and disruption associated with a migration at a time where client bandwidth is stretched due to MiFID2 implementation and Brexit planning. Euronext and LCH SA will work together to develop new products for the benefit of clearing members and market participants, and to focus on providing a lower cost service for members. The new agreement also provides improved operational flexibility and economic terms for LCH SA, with consequent benefit for shareholders in LCH Group and LSEG.
LCH SA and Euronext will also work together to achieve a targeted range of reduction in clearing fees of 5% to 15% with effect from January 2019, depending on each specific product and service. The precise quantum of the reduction for allocation to each derivative product line will be refined in consultation with customers.
To allow Euronext to align its shareholdings with its commercial interests in LCH, the parties have agreed to an exchange of Euronext’s 2.3% shareholding in LCH Group for a 11.1% minority shareholding in LCH SA, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions. Euronext will remain on the Board of LCH SA following the exchange. Euronext will also nominate one representative to the LCH SA Audit Committee and will continue to be represented at the LCH SA Risk Committee. Euronext will step down from the Board of LCH Group on completion of the exchange.
The parties have agreed that Euronext will have certain limited minority protection rights connected with its new shareholding in LCH SA, including a pre-emption right in circumstances where LCH Group decides to sell more than 50% of the shares of LCH SA. The pre-emption right involves a right of first offer and subject to certain conditions, a matching right. In addition, LCH Group has a pre-emption right over a transfer of shares by Euronext and the ability to buy back Euronext’s shares in certain circumstances where the derivatives agreement is terminated. LCH Group and London Stock Exchange Group (“LSEG”) confirm that LCH SA is a core strategic asset and neither LCH Group or LSEG have any intention to sell it.
LCH SA is also pleased to confirm that it will implement MillenniumIT clearing technology for listed derivatives. Based on advanced technology, the clearing engine will consolidate all of LCH’s post trade cash equities and derivatives platforms, reducing risk for clients and delivering operational efficiencies for the Group.
Suneel Bakhshi, CEO of LCH Group said: “Announcing this agreement is a significant achievement for the Group and highlights the spirit of strong partnership with Euronext. We are delighted to be able to offer continuity of services for clearing members and clients while also delivering best in class service and robust risk management across a range of cash and derivatives markets, in line with our open access principles. The implementation of MillenniumIT’s clearing technology will deliver a common technology and integrated solution for our clearing members and venue partners, enhancing resiliency and efficiency for the Group.”
Christophe Hemon, CEO of LCH SA said: “We are delighted to have reached agreement to continue providing clearing services to Euronext and its customers. Euronext’s transfer of its shareholding in LCH Group to LCH SA will also further deepen our long-standing relationship. The agreement will provide certainty for existing clearing members and clients and we look forward to working with Euronext and other trading venues to develop LCH’s clearing franchise, developing new products and reinforcing the diversified range of products cleared across asset classes including equities, CDS and repos.”
UK CCPs may be equivalent for 12 months in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
The clearing capability will be for listed derivatives and OTC products.
Pension funds should be able to post securities as variation margin to CCPs.
The service will be available for shares, equity certificates and ETFs.
Eurex is building an EU27 solution for clearing OTC IRS products after Brexit.