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LCH.Clearnet to Clear Credit Default Swaps for US Clearing Members

12 July 2013

LCH.Clearnet SA has received permission to begin clearing credit default swaps (CDS) for US clearing members* through CDSClear, LCH.Clearnet SA's credit default swap clearing business. This is while LCH.Clearnet SAís application to the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission for registration as a derivatives clearing organization (DCO) is pending. The development adds a third OTC derivative asset class to LCH.Clearnet Groupís market leading OTC derivative clearing service for US members, which includes interest rate and foreign exchange derivatives.

The regulatory move allows US members to clear proprietary CDS index trades through LCH.Clearnet SA, the multi-national central counterpartyís Paris-based CCP, which provides them with greater choice of institutions through which to clear credit default swap indices and provides additional liquidity to the CDSClear service and the market.

Charlie Longden, CEO of LCH.Clearnetís CDSClear business, said; "We are delighted with the decision to allow us to extend our CDS clearing service to US members as we work towards DCO registration. This development provides more choice and flexibility to members in clearing CDS index trades. We've built upon our extensive OTC expertise and adapted it to provide robust risk and default management for the credit markets."

Ian Axe, LCH.Clearnet Group Chief Executive, said: "This important milestone for our credit default swap clearing business complements LCH.Clearnet Groupís market leading position in interest rate swaps and foreign exchange OTC clearing, and enables us to offer clearing services across the broadest range of OTC derivative asset classes and geographies in the market. We look forward to continuing to work with the CFTC and other regulators as we grow our US business."

* US clearing members refers to members defined under Dodd-Frank as "US persons" who can now become direct participants of CDSClear, LCH.Clearnet SA's credit default swap clearing business, following the no-action relief from the CFTC.

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About LCH.Clearnet

The LCH.Clearnet Group is a leading multi-asset class and multi-national clearing house, serving major exchanges and platforms as well as a range of OTC markets.

LCH.Clearnetís world-class risk management framework provides exceptional levels of protection to international markets, as has been proven through the management of recent defaults. As demand for robust clearing services continues to grow, LCH.Clearnet is committed to achieving the highest standards of risk management across all asset classes cleared.

LCH.Clearnet is majority owned by London Stock Exchange Group (LSE.L), a diversified international exchange group that sits at the heart of the world's financial community.

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