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Investment banking giant, Goldman Sachs, in collaboration with the distributed ledger-based tokenization platform, HQLAᵡ, has announced the execution of the first agency securities lending transaction on the blockchain.
As part of the combined series of 35-day term transactions with a total size in the hundreds of millions of US dollars, HQLAᵡ created ISIN-level securities trackers called Digital Collateral Records (DCRs) from loaned securities it received from BNY Mellon, giving Goldman Sachs a digital copy of those trades, the company said in the press release.
The ISIN-level DCRs are the first of their kind, representing specific ISIN quantities held in custody. Those records will enable holders and agents to transfer ownership of any security on the HQLAᵡ distributed ledger, without the need for conventional settlement mechanisms. It also paves the way for eligible clients to reuse ISIN-level DCRs in onward collateral obligations at one or more Triparty Agents.“We are delighted to be partnering with HQLAᵡ on this milestone. The potential to enhance collateral and inventory mobility is very exciting and something that has been a key industry focus for a number of years,” said Bill Kelly, Head of Securities Finance at BNY Mellon.
“This represents another key step in our adoption of DLT to facilitate traditional financial activity in order to unlock efficiency gains across market participants. We are looking forward to growing volumes with our counterparts over the coming months,” said Amar Amlani, Head of EMEA Digital Assets at Goldman Sachs.
“Agency securities lending activity represents the single biggest source of liquidity for the collateral upgrade market, so welcoming BNY Mellon as a liquidity provider to our platform represents a tipping point for recurring, scalable volumes on our platform,” commented Guido Stroemer, co-founder and CEO of HQLAᵡ. “We are very proud to collaborate closely with strategic partners like Goldman Sachs and BNY Mellon to develop and implement innovative industry solutions like this one.”
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