FirstFT: Brussels demands share of derivatives clearing in London

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The EU will require derivatives traders to use accounts at the bloc’s clearing houses for some of their trades as part of plans to take a slice of the 115 billion euro market handled by the City of London.

Banks processing large amounts of contracts that regulators deem “systemic” will have to clear a minimum amount of business using active accounts at EU-based clearinghouses, officials briefed on the proposals said.

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

“It is a very active policy in the EU to repatriate companies to the euro zone. They want to have control over where it happens” — Karel Lannoo, managing director of the European think tank CEPS

Most interest rate swaps around the world are transacted in London at clearing houses that have not moved since Brexit. EU politicians are unhappy that euro-denominated derivatives are traded in a market that is beyond the direct oversight of their regulators.

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