IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE: ICE), a leading operator of regulated global derivatives exchanges and over-the-counter (OTC) markets, announced today the successful transition of its energy futures and OTC markets to ICE Clear Europe.
On the morning of November 3, 2008, 100 percent of open positions, or 28.5 million contract sides, were transferred from LCH.Clearnet to ICE Clear Europe. The total margin requirement now managed by ICE Clear Europe for these novated positions is approximately $16.5 billion. ICE Clear Europe launched with 44 member firms.
"We want to take the opportunity to express our gratitude to members of the clearing community who have supported our transition over the course of the past year and a half," said Paul Swann, President of ICE Clear Europe. "We will continue to work closely with market participants to expand ICE Clear Europe and to offer additional benefits to our clearing firms and customers. Our next steps will be to respond to the enormous demand for additional cleared energy contracts."
"ICE Clear Europe will allow us to introduce new cleared OTC and futures contracts in our energy markets in the coming weeks and months," added David Peniket, President and Chief Operating Officer of ICE Futures Europe. "The coordinated effort by our clearing members, customers and employees to launch the first new derivatives clearing house in the U.K. will result in more products and services for the broader trading community."
"We believe ICE's commitment to clearing is demonstrated by the collaborative nature of the development of ICE Clear Europe," said ICE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey C. Sprecher. "Integrated clearing, in particular, plays a central role in risk management and in the sound operation of global markets, especially in today's volatile environment. We will strive to bring further innovative risk management solutions to the global marketplace."
As the first new major clearing house in London in over a century, ICE Clear Europe was formed to provide clearing services to the global energy markets for over-the-counter and European futures transactions executed on ICE's electronic platform. ICE Clear Europe will enable the efficient development of new cleared markets to support the risk management needs of customers, with the capability to offer similar services to an expanded range of asset classes.