ESMA Approves DTCC Trade Repository in Europe

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has given its approval for The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation’s (DTCC) Derivatives Repository Limited (DDRL) to operate a multi-asset class derivatives repository in Europe.

Located in London, with a data centre in The Netherlands, DTCC’s European trade repository will support trade reporting mandated under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), which takes effect from 12 February 2014.

The approval is DTCC’s fourth trade repository license globally and adds to the firm’s existing multi-jurisdictional capabilities in derivatives trade reporting. DTCC’s trade repositories have been supporting regulatory reporting in the US since October 2012; in Japan since April and in Singapore this month.

“We are very pleased to have received approval from ESMA. With our proven track record of providing trade reporting services in other markets, we can add real value to the European derivatives reporting space where we have built a solution tailored for both EMIR reporting firms and European regulatory authorities,” said Sandy Broderick, chief executive officer (CEO), DTCC Deriv/SERV.

“Reporting for all five derivatives asset classes – credit, interest rate, equity, foreign exchange (FX) and commodities – which will commence simultaneously on 12 February 2014, will be a significant undertaking for the industry and the next 90 days will be crucial for achieving compliance with EMIR. Our focus is now on helping European dealers and end users of derivatives to meet their reporting obligation in time.” 

EMIR mandates reporting of both over-the-counter (OTC) and exchange-traded derivatives to trade repositories; it further places the reporting obligation on both counterparties to the trade and as such impacts a larger number of entities than regulations implemented in other jurisdictions.

Véronique Sani, managing director, Société Générale, said: “The phased reporting of OTC derivatives trades, both from an asset class and geographical perspective, and our ability to connect to a single trade repository to fulfil all our reporting obligations, has been key to our readiness to meet regulatory obligations seamlessly in the US, Japan and now in Europe”


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