- The investment bank of Intesa Sanpaolo Group live clearing CDS at LCH SA
- Latest milestone builds on CDSClear’s continued growth in Europe, with record volumes processed at CDSClear in 2018
- CDSClear provides the largest product offering of any credit derivatives clearing service
LCH, a leading global clearing house, today announced that Banca IMI, the investment bank of Intesa Sanpaolo Group, has joined its CDSClear service as its first Italian member. By joining the service, Banca IMI now has access to clearing of credit derivatives referencing both Single Names and Indices. It will also act as a a clearing broker, offering CDS clearing services to its client base.
Banca IMI is already a member of LCH SA’s EquityClear and RepoClear clearing services. The extension of Banca IMI’s membership means that the bank will benefit from CDSClear’s extensive product offering: the broadest of any CCP clearing credit derivatives. It will also be able to benefit from CDSClear’s risk management expertise and achieve margin efficiencies through the portfolio margining of offsetting positions cleared at LCH SA.
Frank Soussan, Global Head of CDSClear, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Banca IMI as CDSClear’s first Italian clearing member, marking an important stage in our growth. During 2018, we significantly grew our client clearing business in Europe, as well as processing record volumes of cleared notional, and we look forward to continuing to extend our clearing membership and activity during the course of 2019.”
Massimo Mocio, General Manager of Banca IMI, said: “Joining CDSClear means that Banca IMI and our clients can benefit from LCH’s robust risk management across a wide range of credit derivatives. Clearing enables us to mitigate counterparty risk as well as benefit from the capital and operational efficiencies associated with clearing.”