Since the default of Lehman Brothers, there has been a rapidly growing demand from the buy-side for access to OTC clearing services. LCH.Clearnet has responded to this demand by extending SwapClear to the buy-side in a unique construct designed to meet the buy-side’s needs, launching global client clearing in December 2009 and a US Futures Commission Merchant (FCM) model in March 2011. SwapClear's US FCM model providing an alternative access approach through any of the 15 US based FCMs connected to the service.
Since 1999, we have cleared more than 2.5 million OTC interest rate swaps, $380 trillion notional, and compressed more than $188 trillion (as of April 2013). View our clearing volume report here.
Global Power, Local Expertise
With offices in New York, London, and Washington, DC, we are highly attuned to regional client needs and regulatory implications as they happen. In this way, we continue shaping the industry, as we have for decades.
Rigorous Risk Management
SwapClear has a proven track record of mitigating risk for its users for more than 12 years. Our success is due to SwapClear’s very stringent membership criteria and rigorous back testing, including worst-case losses based on historical scenarios over the previous five years. As a result, the derivatives community has recognized us for our thought leadership by adopting many of our risk management standards. Read about our clearing service in detail here.
Breadth and Depth
Since 1999, SwapClear has grown to include 81 members with a system that supports 17 currencies—some with tenors out to 50 years. We offer more clearable OTC interest rates swap products than any other CCP, covering 95% of the plain vanilla market. LCH.Clearnet is primarily regulated by the Bank of England (BoE) as a Recognised Clearing House. It has also been regulated as a Derivatives Clearing Organization (DCO) in the United States by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) since 2001.
LCH.Clearnet is the only clearing house to have successfully handled a significant OTC swaps default when it resolved Lehman Brothers’ $9 trillion interest rate swap default in 2008. Read the Lehman case study here.
Active collaboration with clients on both the buy- and sell-sides allows us to continually refine our systems and methodologies so that we’re clearing what you need, the way that you need it. Our latest release on December 5, 2011, addressed connectivity, compression, collateral and portability.
Broad-Based Ownership Structure
We clear the market, because we are the market. LCH.Clearnet is an industry-owned clearing house with advisory committees comprising both buy- and sell-side constituents. The 99 shareholders, two of which are exchanges, each have a 5% voting cap. Read more about LCH.Clearnet here.
Sales and Customer Service
Head of Swapclear Sales and Marketing, EMEA
+44 (0)20 7426 7543
Head of Swapclear Client Sales and Marketing US/EMEA
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