ABN Amro joins OTC clearing service

ABN AMRO Clearing (ABN AMRO Clearing Bank N.V.) has successfully commenced clearing its interbank interest rate swap (IRS) trades through SwapClear, LCH.Clearnet Ltd’s (LCH.Clearnet) market leading over-the-counter (OTC) IRS clearing service, thereby significantly reducing counterparty, credit and operational risk. The total number of SwapClear clearing members now stands at 37.

ABN AMRO Clearing is a leading global securities services provider, covering 85 of the world’s leading exchanges across Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific. It has 12 offices across the globe and consistently ranks among the top 3 clearers in every time zone, based on the amount of turnover and market share.

“The clearing of interest rate swaps through a robust central counterparty is critical to reducing systemic risk in the marketplace. With the swiftly changing regulatory environment of clearing services, ABN AMRO Clearing is determined to remain at the forefront of this growth industry. Clearing our dealer to dealer business with an industry leading service such as SwapClear will bring greater transparency and efficiency and we look forward to introducing the benefits of central clearing to our clients in the near future.” says Alexander Jacobs, Head of the OTC Derivatives Clearing Service at ABN AMRO Clearing.

Michael Davie, CEO, SwapClear said: "We are pleased to be providing our specialist OTC clearing experience to a member of such calibre. SwapClear affords exceptional levels of protection for clearing members and end-users, delivering a secure, reliable and efficient environment for processing IRS trades. The growing demand demonstrates just how effective our clearing model is.”

Established over eleven years ago, SwapClear’s product scope has grown to cover the world’s 14 largest currencies with tenors up to 50 years in USD, EUR and GBP. The only truly global clearing service for IRS, SwapClear now clears approximately 50% of the market by notional value. The total number of trades cleared in 2010 reached 766,000, representing a daily average of 2900 and a 25% increase on 2009. During the year SwapClear members eliminated 355,000 of EUR, USD and GBP denominated interest rate swap trades with a notional value of USD29 trillion in a series of triReduce termination cycles, thereby reducing operational costs and risks associated with trade count and notional volumes outstanding. SwapClear has cleared close to 3 million trades since launch in 1999.

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