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Anna restructures as derivatives arm spins off

27 September 2016  |  1976 views  |  0 Source: Anna

The Association of National Numbering Agencies (ANNA) today announced membership-supported plans to spin off the ANNA Service Bureau (ASB) into its own Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) as a subsidiary.

In addition, ANNA will create another subsidiary SPV to house the new Derivatives Service Bureau (DSB), which will host the service for ISIN allocation and data services for OTC derivatives. ANNA is also in late-stage negotiations with a global accounting and management consulting firm to support the set-up and operations of the Derivatives Service Bureau (DSB).

"Our objective in making these structural changes is to formalize the oversight of the service bureaus with the goal of high responsiveness to user requirements, transparency in financial management and reporting, and overall high performance in operations," said Dan Kuhnel, chairman of the ANNA board of directors.

The SPVs for the two service bureaus will each be governed by a separate board of directors and overseen by ANNA. The third-party operators of each bureau will serve under service level agreements (SLAs). The roles will be subject to RFP-based provider evaluation at the time of contract renewal.

The set-up of the ANNA Derivatives Service Bureau will be supported by a global accounting and management consulting firm which provides guidance in funding and revenue models, composition and management of a governance committee for data quality and data requirements of emerging derivatives products, and other structural issues, as well auditing operations of the DSB for at least the initial years of operations.

About the ANNA Derivatives Service Bureau (DSB).
The DSB will provide rapid allocation of the International Securities Identification Number (ISIN) for OTC derivatives contracts. These identifying codes will be issued to counterparties and trading venues for business operations and regulatory reporting. The DSB is based on an automated real-time allocation platform developed by ANNA with Etrading Software, a London-based professional services technology firm, and built on state-of-the-art, open-source architecture.

The development schedule of the DSB includes full implementation and testing by relevant financial entities by early January 2018 when the second version of the Market in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID 2) goes into effect. MiFID 2 requires reporting of OTC derivatives transactions.

"The development of the automated platform continues to progress ahead of schedule," said Alan Dean, member of the ANNA board. "We are receiving many inquiries and offers of support, and we are looking forward to introducing this revolutionary utility to the global derivatives marketplace as soon as possible."

ANNA will make the engine and connectivity specifications available to the marketplace to the following timeline:

Q4 2016: Publication of the FIX open standard technical specifications to enable participants to connect their trading platforms to the engine;

Q4 2016: Public preview of the engine through a web interface to allow market participants to test and provide early feedback;

Q1 2017: Technical access for formal industry testing of the engine.

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