Settlement

Monte Titoli completed the first Wave of migration to the ECB’s T2S platform on 31 August 2015. In doing so, Italy became the largest market to migrate to the platform to date, the ECB’s plan being to introduce one major market in each of the four Waves, beginning with Italy. Euroclear’s planned delay has put a spanner in this works, however, with uncertainty lingering over when France, Germany and Spain will now migrate to the platform.

When Euroclear announced last month that it’s ESES CSD’s, those under its umbrella in the Netherlands, Belgium and, most importantly, France, would not be able to migrate to the European Central Bank’s single settlement platform for Europe, T2S on time to join Wave 2 in March 2016, it raised a number of questions and came as a big setback for the flagship programme.

The Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS), the CSD for Nigeria, is upgrading its clearing and settlement platform, utilising Tata Consultancy Services’ platform, TCS BaNCS.

The move to this state of the art platform will enable CSCS to further align itself with global best practices and international standards, such as those outlined by the CPMI-IOSCO Principles for Financial Market Infrastructures, being increasingly looked at by global investors and banks. Many of the PFMIs are directly applicable to CSDs.

Euroclear has announced that its Belgian, Dutch and French CSDs will not be migrating to the ECBs flagship settlement platform, T2S (Target2-Securites) on 28 March 2016 as originally planned. This is the date for Wave 2 migration to the platform, following on from Wave 1 on 22 June 2015 and what some have termed Wave 1a on 31 August.

As we looked at last week, Northern Trust mapped out its response to T2S very early on, meaning that it had everything in place for when the pan-European settlement platform went live on 22 June.

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