ENP Newswire - 31 January 2014 Release date- 30012014 - Clearstream opens up settlement to Russian corporate bonds today via its direct link to the Russian CSD, the National Settlement Depository (NSD). In addition, Clearstream will work with its international central securities depository (ICSD) counterpart to ensure an effective linkage - known as the Bridge - between the two ICSDs. The Bridge enables customers to easily settle transactions between accounts at the two ICSDs and will thus help increase liquidity flow in the Russian market. The introduction of settlement for corporate Russian bonds, coupled with a firm commitment to establish the Bridge between the ICSDs in the Russian market will help further develop the market infrastructure needed to offer investors and issuers an enhanced offering in the Russian capital market. Illustrating the increased foreign investor appetite in the Russian market, the share of foreign investment in OFZ government bonds has gone up by circa 25 percent, according to the Bank of Russia , since the establishment of new financial market infrastructure in Moscow . As a next step, Clearstream will look to offer settlement for equities via its direct link to the NSD, due for summer 2014, in line with expected changes to Russian legislation. Meanwhile, Clearstream continues to settle equities in Russia via its indirect link to the NSD, through Clearstream's local agent bank, Deutsche Bank Moscow. Sergey Shvetsov , First Deputy Governor of the Bank of Russia , Head of the Bank of Russia Financial Markets Service , said: 'Access to the corporate bonds market granted to Clearstream is a great event for the Russian market. Entry of international clearing and settlement organizations to the OFZ market already provided a positive impact by decreasing the cost of borrowings for the government. Now we continue our commitment to open access to the stock market for ICSDs on the 1st of July 2014 . We are considering Clearstream's access to the corporate bonds market as an indicator of our successful work in collaboration with NSD and international infrastructural organizations.' Alexander Afanasyev , CEO of Moscow Exchange, said: 'We are gradually opening the Russian market to international clearing organizations. This is an important milestone in the continued development of the Moscow Financial Centre initiative. Last year Clearstream received access to the Russian government bond market which resulted in a significant increase in market volumes, as well as in the number of market participants. This year Clearstream has started to provide post-trade services on Russian corporate bonds. This move is a reflection of the interest of international investors in Russian corporate rouble-denominated debt. As was the case with government bonds, the arrival of international clearing organizations into the corporate bond market should provide for greater liquidity and reduced cost of borrowing. This will benefit both market participants and issuers alike.' Jeffrey Tessler , Chief Executive Officer, Clearstream, said: 'We are delighted to have established and to keep further developing the necessary financial market infrastructure to help facilitate the opening up of the Russian capital market to foreign investors. Our new Russian corporate bond solution that went live today is a key milestone in this respect. In addition, we are working with our ICSD counterpart to ensure customers can settle accounts between the two ICSDs, which will help increase the liquidity flow in the market.' EddieAstanin, ChairmanoftheExecutiveBoard, National Settlement Depository , commented: 'We are pleased by Clearstream's swift progress in helping to establish the financial market infrastructure, which underpins the further opening up of the Russian market. The established links between the NSD and leading international securities depositories is a positive sign of the progress made, both in legislation and infrastructure, of the Russian post-trading services market. There is still a long way to go. We have to improve accessibility of corporate actions information, develop new products like collateral management and serve investors from around the world in line with best practice. We believe that today's launch is another big step in establishing Moscow as one of the global financial centers.' Clearstream's services in Russia Having offered services in the Russian market to customers since 2006, including government bonds (OFZ) since January 2012 via its indirect link to the Russian CSD, Clearstream offers a comprehensive service, taking full advantage of the new Russian securities law. Clearstream offers custody and settlement for the following instruments: OFZ Russian Government bonds, municipal and regional bonds - via the preferred Delivery versus Payment (DVP) settlement option whereby delivery occurs only if and when payment occurs, and Clearstream's own direct link with the NSD. Corporate Russian bonds (as from 30 January 2014 ) - via Delivery versus Payment (DVP) settlement and Clearstream's own direct link with the NSD. Equities via an indirect link to the NSD, through Clearstream's local agent bank, Deutsche Bank Moscow's link with the NSD. About NSD National Settlement Depository (NSD) is the central securities depository of the Russian Federation , a part of the Moscow Exchange Group . NSD was founded on 27 June 1996 . NSD is Russia's national numbering agency and the substitute numbering agency for the CIS, authorized to assign the international ISIN and CFI codes. The international rating agency Thomas Murray has assigned NSD an AA- rating as a central securities depository. Total value of securities on deposit with NSD amounted to RUB21.8 trillion as of 31 December 2013 . Main services: settlement and depository services; corporate action; issuer services; information services. The status of central securities depository was assigned to NSD by the Russian Federal Financial Markets Service's order #12-2761/PZ-I dated 6 November 2012.On 26 December 2012 , the Bank of Russia assigned payment system operator status to National Settlement Depository (NSD), Russia's central securities depository, under the registered name 'NSD Payment System.' NSD holds professional securities market participant license #177-12042-000100 for depository operations issued by the Central Bank of the Russian Federation on 19 February 2009 , license #3294 for bank operations issued by the Central Bank of the Russian Federation on 26 July 2012 and license #077-00004-000010 for the clearing activities issued by the Central Bank of the Russian Federation on 20 December 2012 . Registered office: 12, Spartakovskaya St. , Moscow 105066, Russia For additional information about NSD please visit www.nsd.ru or connect NSD Public Affairs Division. NSD Public Affairs Division: +7 495 232 0910E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Follow us in Twitter: http://twitter.com/NSD_News Media contact Clearstream Jessica Sicre , +352-243-32238 email@example.com National Settlement Depository Dmitry Klimov , +7 (495) 232-05-13 firstname.lastname@example.org
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