Intercontinental Exchange and Eris Exchange Announce Global Swap Futures Licensing Agreement
Atlanta / Chicago, December 4, 2014 – Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE:ICE), the leading global
network of exchanges and clearing houses, and Eris Exchange (Eris), a US-based futures exchange
group, today announced a multi-year license agreement for ICE exchanges to list futures and options
based on the Eris MethodologyTM, Eris’ patent-pending product design for constructing swap futures
in a capital-efficient manner.
“By facilitating the unique contract design that has been developed by Eris, we will be able to bring
our customers unparalleled access to the European and U.S. CDS markets and European interest
rate markets through a regulated futures contract that can be cross-margined with ICE’s broad fixed
income offering,” said Intercontinental Exchange Chief Strategy Officer David Goone.
Under the agreement ICE is licensing the rights to list European and U.S. credit default swap (CDS)
futures and European interest rate futures based on the Eris Methodology.
The first product launch under the license agreement will be CDS futures based on the Markit® CDX®
North American Investment Grade and High Yield indices, listed on ICE Futures U.S. and cleared at
ICE Clear U.S., subject to regulatory approval. These CDS futures contracts, to be launched in the
first half of next year, will offer clients the regulatory certainty of futures without compromising
traditional OTC characteristics, such as five-year tenor, spread and price-based quoting conventions,
recognition of credit events and the inclusion of Price Alignment Interest.
The agreement also includes plans for ICE exchanges to list multiple other swap futures based on the Eris Methodology in 2015. ICE Futures Europe will list interest rate swap futures denominated in EUR (Euro) and GBP (Pound Sterling), based on the product design of Eris’ US dollar-denominated Eris Standard Swap Futures and Eris Flex Swap Futures. All ICE swap futures products based on the Eris Methodology will be available to clients via the ICE trading platform.
“ICE is a truly global exchange partner, with leadership positions in OTC CDS clearing and European
interest rate futures trading,” said Neal Brady, CEO of Eris Exchange. “ICE’s decision to partner with
Eris and offer their global client base access to these products is further validation of the market’s
adoption of the Eris Swap Futures product design. We look forward to the launch of swap futures for
the CDS Index market, where trading already occurs in standardized coupons well suited to benefit
from the capital and operational efficiencies of futures.”
The patent-pending Eris Methodology replicates the economics of OTC swaps through capital-
efficient futures products by combining the component cash flows of swaps into a single futures price,
allowing payments to flow through variation margin. Swap futures based on the Eris Methodology
remain futures throughout the full lifecycle of the position, allowing market participants to operate
within the familiar eco-system of futures market regulations, back-office processes, agency execution
and software tools.
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