LuxCSD approved by European Central Bank for use in Eurosystem credit operations


LuxCSD, the central securities depository (CSD) of Luxembourg, has received approval by the European Central Bank (ECB) for its Securities Settlement System (SSS) being eligible for use in Eurosystem credit operations. This status is being granted by the ECB after a thorough assessment against nine user standards to determine the eligibility of a market infrastructure for use in the collateralisation of Eurosystem credit operations.

The key objective of the assessment is to prevent the central banks from bearing inappropriate risks when conducting monetary policy operations and to ensure the same level of safety for the operations of all central banks settled in different ways throughout the Eurozone. With the approval as SSS for use in Eurosystem credit operations, national and supra-national issuers find now all the prerequisites fulfilled to use Luxembourg as an efficient issuance and distribution hub in Euro central bank money.

Pierre Thissen, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors at LuxCSD and Head of Market Infrastructure and Payment Systems at Banque centrale du Luxembourg, commented: “The ECB approval confirms LuxCSD as a safe infrastructure. This strengthens the Luxembourg financial place in its role as efficient issuance and distribution hub in Euro central bank money.

Patrick Georg, General Manager of LuxCSD, commented: “I am proud that all the efforts invested in a state of the art infrastructure have proven to reach the goal of meeting the high standards set by the European Central Bank. This approval is the launch signal for highly rated issuers with whom we have been in discussion over the past months and year. As a result we are expecting the imminent issuance of high value securities through LuxCSD to a large group of national and international investors.”

About LuxCSD

LuxCSD provides the Luxembourg financial community with central bank money settlement services in Euro as well as issuance and custody services for a wide range of domestic and international securities including investment funds. LuxCSD offers custodians and distributors across Europe excellent custody and added-value services built on a highly efficient settlement process with access to many counterparties. Settlement of securities transactions in central bank money reduces risk for financial market participants. LuxCSD is jointly owned by Banque centrale du Luxembourg (BCL) and Clearstream International S.A. (50:50). It was founded in 2010 and went live in 2011, shortly after it was designated a Securities Settlement System by the BCL. The company’s commitment in May 2012 to join TARGET2-Securities marks another milestone in the young life of the Luxembourg CSD.

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