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CLS announces that MUFG Bank has signed up to CLSNet

By Leandra Monteiro

December 01, 2022

  • Cls
  • CLSNet
  • Forex
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MUFG Bank, CLSCLS, a market infrastructure group delivering settlement, processing, and data solutions, announced that MUFG Bank is the first Japanese bank to commit to using CLSNet, CLS’s bilateral payment netting calculation service for over 120 currencies. MUFG Bank will join the expanding CLSNet community of global and regional banks, which includes eight of the top ten global banks.

Lisa Danino-Lewis, Chief Growth Officer, CLS, commented, “We are delighted to welcome MUFG Bank as the first Japanese participant in CLSNet. As the global network continues to grow, participants will benefit from the expanding range of netting counterparties, as well as the improvements to liquidity optimization, operational efficiencies and risk mitigation benefits of the service.”

Junya Kishida, Head of Global Markets Operations Division, MUFG Bank, said, “CLSNet provides unparalleled standardization and centralization of post-trade processes across the global currency spectrum. Our participation in the service will be integral to our ability to improve operational efficiency and reduce risk for the currencies that are not currently eligible for CLSSettlement. CLSNet also supports MUFG Bank’s adherence to the best practice settlement risk principles of the FX Global Code.”

Akira Kato, Head of Client Engagement, Asia Pacific, CLS, added, “The addition of MUFG Bank to CLSNet reinforces the value the service is delivering to the broader FX market. With the growth of FX trading, particularly in Asian currencies, it is essential that market participants adopt effective solutions to manage risk for their post-trade processes.”

CLSNet has seen a substantial rise in adoption this year, with a 495% year-on-year increase in the average daily notional of net calculations in Q3 2022. The centralized platform standardizes and automates post-trade matching and netting processes across the global currency spectrum. As market participants continue to focus on the risks associated with post-trade processing and settlement in currencies outside of CLSSettlement, CLSNet offers standardisation and automation through a single platform that mitigates risk, reduces operational costs and optimizes liquidity for these currency flows.

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