ISLA, ICMA & ISDA sign MoU on the Common Domain Model

The International Securities Lending Association (ISLA),

ICMA and ISDA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen collaboration between them on the future development of the Common Domain Model (CDM), the single, common digital representation of trade events and actions across the lifecycle of financial products. This cross-industry initiative marks an important step in the Associations’ commitment to defining and promoting the development of a digital future for financial markets, as set out in a joint letter a year ago.

The MoU establishes a framework for closer collaboration between the three Associations, providing a path for joint governance and setting out arrangements in relation to the open-source components of the CDM and associated intellectual property for market-specific components. The MoU is intended to unlock further synergies in the development of the CDM across financial markets, creating efficiencies for market participants and setting digital standards which will enable the use of innovative technologies in future.

“The completion of this MoU marks an important milestone on the journey to deliver digital standards to our collective members and other stakeholders including the regulatory community. The basis of this collaboration will now allow us to set an ambitious forward-looking agenda over the coming months that will progressively deliver real benefits to our joint communities.” Andrew Dyson, CEO, ISLA.

Read the full press release here.

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