Clearstream processes first dematerialised issuances on D7

Release date: 15 Dec 2021 | Clearstream

Clearstream processes first dematerialised issuances on D7

- D7 central register supports issuance of electronic securities for first time in Germany 

- First dematerialised issuances conducted by Deka Bank as well as MünchenerHyp in cooperation with DZ BANK 

- Test phase for the fully integrated digital issuance of electronic securities on D7 started

Clearstream has launched a central register for electronic securities in Germany, supporting first dematerialised issuances conducted by Deka Bank as well as MünchenerHyp in cooperation with DZ BANK. With this step, Deutsche Börse introduces the first live component of its recently announced platform D7, a regulatory compliant, fully digital post-trade infrastructure enabling market participants to digitise their financial products with continuing access to both existing central and distributed infrastructures and markets.

The central register forms the basis for issuance and registration of electronic securities for the first time in Germany. Via a public node operated by Clearstream, issuance conditions are made available to the general public. Issuers and other stakeholders can view further details of the entries in the central register, such as legal and processing status, fixed nominals and redemptions. The central register directly connects to the well-established European post-trade infrastructure T2S and simplifies data flows for many upstream and downstream processes such as listing, trading and settlement.

The new German legislation for digital securities introduced earlier this year (eWpG) now allows for digital issuance of securities in Germany, which historically required a paper certificate. In line with current legislation, certificates and commercial paper with fixed-amount global notes can now be entered into the central register. 

Philippe Mueller, Head of Issuer CSD Services at Clearstream, says: “The launch of D7 and the central register is the good-bye to paper certificates in Germany. Enabling issuance and registration of digital financial instruments will boost efficiencies for the whole market, building the foundation for the transformation towards true digital financial markets. Clearstream offers issuers a seamless digital experience for issuance and the whole securities life cycle, as well as investor reach Europe-wide.”

First test phase of digital issuance in future operative system

At the same time, multiple market participants, including BNP Paribas, DZ BANK, Goldman Sachs, Raiffeisen Bank International and Vontobel started the user testing phase of DI Execution, the second component of the D7 platform, which involved the simulated issuance of structured products. As of mid-2022, DI Execution will enable issuance, management and operation of digital instruments, throughout the life cycle of the product. The test took place in the future operative system, with the aim to receive further valuable market feedback to ensure successful delivery of expected benefits to all participants. Further functionalities of D7 will be rolled out in phases over the next couple of years.

About Clearstream 

Clearstream, which is part of Deutsche Börse Group, is a leading European post-trade services provider. Via its international central securities depository (ICSD), it provides the post-trade infrastructure for the Eurobond market and services for securities from 59 domestic markets worldwide. With 16 trillion Euros in assets under custody, Clearstream is one of the world’s largest settlement and custody firms for domestic and international securities. Its subsidiary Clearstream Banking AG is the German central securities depository (CSD), providing post-trade infrastructure for the German market while offering access to a growing number of international markets.

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