Global Custodian: Partial release: A missing piece to the settlement efficiency puzzle

Settlement efficiency has been the subject of industry scrutiny and debate in recent months, with the introduction of CSDR earlier this year designed to remedy the inefficiencies and failures within the European trading framework.

That’s where partial release comes in. The automated function, developed and introduced by T2S in 2018, almost acts as a bridge between auto-partialling and the hold/release mechanism, enabling clients who sit behind omnibus account structures to benefit from the auto-partialling function, with a partial release instructed with the same message as a full release. Yet, despite the benefits, uptake in the market remains low.

“With regulation like CSDR going live with a focus on reducing fails and general efficiencies, and this function is here and available today – why is no one talking about it?” asks Sachin Mohindra, executive director at Goldman Sachs. “The fact that it is quite a recent development means it was never covered in any CSDR text to say CSDs have to build it. So T2S building it was a purely commercial decision, which we welcome. What we have found challenging is that non-T2S CSDs had no incentive or direct drive to build it.”

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