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BNY Mellon has received regulatory approval to launch a new Issuer Central Securities Depository (CSD) entity that will offer market participants enhanced interoperability and efficiency in the global post-trade arena.



BNY Mellon CSD SA/NV will offer issuer, settlement and safekeeping services for the benefit of all market participants across Europe and the wider global marketplace.
 
Tim Keaney, vice-chairman and chief executive of investment services at BNY Mellon, says: “BNY Mellon supports current regulatory and infrastructure initiatives aimed at making the securities markets more efficient and safer for all participants. Establishing BNY Mellon CSD reflects our proactive engagement with those initiatives to integrate and unify Europe’s financial markets infrastructure. As the world’s largest provider of investment services, this is a natural evolution of our business and underlines the breadth and depth of services we are able to provide our clients around the world.”
 
Incorporated in Belgium as a non-bank subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon, BNY Mellon CSD will be regulated by the National Bank of Belgium. Chris Prior-Willeard has been appointed CEO of the new entity; he brings over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, including a range of executive positions within BNY Mellon.

Prior-Willeard says: “In establishing the BNY Mellon CSD, we are redefining what it means to be a global custodian and how our industry will provide investment services. By becoming a CSD, we are responding to the current regulatory imperatives around issuance and settlement services. We will be able to offer our clients access to integrated services across the full spectrum of the securities value chain to allow them to accommodate new requirements mandated by, for example, the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR).”
 
As a central securities depository, BNY Mellon will look to leverage linkages to other CSDs around the world to offer clients the benefits of cross-border interoperability, as well as provide services in local markets as a pan-European institution. Clients will also benefit from the speed inherent in settlement internalisation, if both seller and buyer accounts are maintained within the books of the BNY Mellon CSD.
 
Prior-Willeard says: “We already provide key elements of the CSD offering to the market, it is just that historically we have done so on a separate basis. This new entity enhances our role in the post-trade space and facilitates an internalization of the securities value chain, which means our clients will benefit from greater efficiency and reduced risk.”

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