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Date:18 May 2009

Credit Default Swap Clearing

New Service for December 2009

LCH.Clearnet SA will launch a credit default swap (CDS) clearing offering in December 2009.

This new service is being launched in response to regulator and market demand. Policy makers around the world believe that the clearing of CDS would improve the stability and security of financial markets and, within Europe, the European Commission and the European Central Bank (ECB), amongst others, have called for a European clearing house to clear CDS trades executed in the region, thereby facilitating local regulatory oversight. Furthermore, in early February, the commission asked the European Parliament to support legislation requiring banks in the EU to use a Clearing House in the region to clear CDS.

Service Outline:

The full scope of the offering is being finalised after extensive consultation with members and regulators. The service will be launched in phases; the first phase (planned for December 2009) will cover iTraxx European indices. Single names and US indices will be considered in the second phase (planned for H1 2010).

The main details of the service are:

The offering will therefore be agnostic with regard to trading venue and will encompass the core requirements as determined by key industry and policy groups, including ISDA, CESR, the ECB and the European commission.

Next Steps:

For further information, please contact:

your LCH.Clearnet SA product implementation manager:
Tom BADMAN: +33 (0) 1 70 37 67 69 – [email protected]
your local account manager

Customer and Market Management LCH.Clearnet SA

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