FirstFT: Brussels demands stake in London derivatives clearing

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The EU will require that derivatives traders use clearing house accounts in the block for some of their transactions as part of plans to capture the €115 trillion market share processed through the City of London.

Banks dealing with a large number of contracts that regulators consider “systemic” will be required to conduct a minimum volume of transactions using active accounts with clearing houses in the EU, officials briefed on the proposals said.

The plans are part of a package aimed at stimulating European capital markets and reducing reliance on the UK’s financial services sector after Brexit. The European Commission plans to lay out the measures next month when it publishes proposals.

“The EU has a very active policy of repatriating businesses back to the eurozone. They want to have control over where it happens,” Karel Lannu, Executive Director of the European think tank CEPS.

Most interest rate swaps in the world are processed in London at clearing houses that have not changed since Brexit. Politicians in the EU are angry that euro-denominated derivatives are handled on the market outside the direct oversight of their regulators.

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