A consortium of Chilean banks is forming a new central counterparty (CCP) next year for over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives. The Comder CCP has selected Calypso to provide the core clearing platform for the new launch which will enable compliance with the post-crash rules laid out at the Pittsburgh G20 mandating more transparency and effectively ‘on exchange’ clearing.
The new Comder CCP will begin clearing non-deliverable forwards (NDFs) in Q4 2014 and interest rate derivatives (IRD) in Q1 2015. The CCP will be powered by Calypso with its platform providing legal novation, affirmation, registration, limits, initial and variation risk margins, collateral management data, and default management and centralised trade repository storage and reporting.
According to Felipe Ledermann, the chief executive of Comder, Calypso was chosen for its experience in OTC derivatives central clearing. Comder will receive on-going maintenance and support from the vendor after the platform is rolled out next year.
“We see Calypso as a strategic partner for one of the most important projects in the Chilean banking industry,” continued Ledermann. “This initiative allows us to build a best-in-class CCP with the highest standards and align with BIS-IOSCO principles for market infrastructures.”
Calypso already provides OTC derivatives clearing and processing infrastructure and technology to leading clearing houses, such as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), Eurex, BM&FBovespa, the Tokyo (TSE) and Singapore exchanges (SGX) and Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX). The Calypso clearing solution provides full cross-asset coverage, manages each step in the clearing process and delivers visibility into risk for cash and OTC derivatives products, claims the vendor. The single platform should also be scalable if Comder attracts significant volumes.
Commenting on the deal, Kishore Bopardikar, president and chief executive of Calypso Technology, said he was excited to provide a solution that will enable the Chilean market to move towards a centrally cleared derivatives environment, adding that “we are pleased to be supporting the development of such an important platform for the country”.