Business operating model

The larger sell side firms have been subject to mandatory clearing since 2016 and will now be exchanging bi-lateral VM & IM. Smaller firms will be exchanging VM already and need to ensure they are ready to exchange IM as they reach the phase-in requirements threshold.

In addition firms with large customer franchises must decide whether and how to offer client clearing services. Each firm needs a clearing and collateral strategy that addresses critical issues such as:

  • What regulation will impact which geographies / legal entities by when
  • Choice of clearing venues
  • Cross-silo integration of margin and liquidity requirements (treasury, repo, SBL, OTC cleared, non-cleared, LCR etc)
  • Cross-silo integration of useable assets (multiple business lines and custody venues), with appropriate funds transfer pricing
  • Collateral type and eligibility management (cash vs non-cash, considering leverage ratio, balance sheet and NSFR impacts)
  • Collateral segregation model balancing security with liquidity impacts
  • Client clearing and/or collateral services (custody, transformation, optimisation, tri-party etc)
  • Margin model(s) and calculation, forecasting, agreement and reconciliation
  • Collateral selection, instruction, mobilisation, substitution, reconciliation
  • Legal documentation (clearing, tri-party, quad-party etc)
  • Market infrastructure connectivity and messaging
  • Infrastructure provisioning: build v buy; vendor v utility

TFE can help you develop your strategy quickly and efficiently based on our our deep expertise in clearing and collateral, underpinned by our structured methods and tools.


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