European Central Counterparty Limited

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European Central Counterparty Limited
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Founded 2008
Headquarters Amsterdam
Key People Diana Chan, CEO
Products Provides clearing and settlement services for Turquoise

European Central Counterparty Limited is a UK-incorporated, FSA regulated recognized clearing house.[1][2] It is the European subsidiary of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corp. (DTCC) and is headquartered in London.

The company was formed to provide clearing and settlement services for trading venues across Europe, offering risk management to European market participants. It currently clears trades in 19 European cash equities markets. It has the mandate from NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchanges to provide competitive clearing.

It provides pan-European central counterparty services for BATS Chi-X Europe, Burgundy, Equiduct, NYSE Arca Europe, SIGMA X MTF, SmartPool, Turquoise and UBS MTF. It currently clears trades matched on the Omgeo CTM platform and has been mandated by SWIFT to provide a pan-European clearing for its Accord platform.[3]


European Central Counterparty Ltd was initially formed to clear for Turquoise, and started out by clearing equity trades in 14 countries in seven different currencies.[4] In all, 15 firms have gained approval as clearing participants. Of these, nine are founding members of Turquoise, including Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Citi, UBS, BNP Paribas and Societe Generale. The others are ABN Amro, Barclays Capital, Credit Agricole Cheuvreux, Instinet, KAS Bank and Lehman Brothers.[5] [6]

The EU's Code of Conduct on Clearing and Settlement, introduced in November 2006, exposed clearing houses like LCH.Clearnet to the prospect of competition from rival service providers like EuroCCP for the first time.[7]

In March of 2013, EuroCCP signed a memorandum of understanding to combine with its smaller rival European Multilateral Clearing Facility, (EMCF), to form a new entity in which a unit of BATS Chi-X Europe would take a 25 percent stake.[8]

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The eight initial directors from EuroCCP participant organizations are:

The three independent industry directors are: