Spain’s bourse launches blockchain-based collateral pledge management service

Bolsas y Mercados Españoles (BME) has successfully launched the process for the digitization of the certification of collateral pledge using blockchain technology, eliminating the need to use and exchange physical certificates.

Financial institution Renta 4 Banco has actively participated in the project and has already registered the first digital pledges, thus becoming the first users of the service, called Be DLT-Prenda. This new development, which has been carried out in just 9 months, involves the digitalization of processes and guarantees access to real-time information for all participants, in this way reducing the time needed for the constitution of a pledge from 24 hours to less than 10 minutes.

In addition, it improves operational and risk control of the participants, who are given direct access to information to be able to validate the transactions associated with the constitution of the pledges.

The service has been developed entirely by the DLT-Lab of BME, a laboratory in which the use of blockchain technology is analyzed and explored in collaboration with all BME areas and financial institutions. Work is underway to evolve the Be DLT-Prenda service towards the digitalization of bank guarantees.

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