DLT-Based EquiLend 1Source Pilot
Kicks Off With Broad Industry Participation

‘Single source of truth’ for securities lending industry
set to eliminate costly, error-prone reconciliations

September 14, 2023

NEW YORK, LONDON AND HONG KONG (SEPTEMBER 14, 2023)—EquiLend, the global technology, data and analytics company for the securities finance industry, today announced that the pilot of the distributed ledger technology (DLT) based EquiLend 1Source has successfully commenced.

Several of the securities lending industry’s largest agent lenders and broker-dealers are among the participants in the pilot that are actively integrating to EquiLend 1Source. The fully automated DLT system will go live across the market in 2024.

The EquiLend 1Source ledger will retain a central record of the agreements made between counterparties in a securities lending transaction. This eliminates mismatched trade details—which are common in existing workflow—that are currently resolved only through manual, costly reconciliation processes.

According to an analysis conducted by an independent consulting firm, ensuring all lifecycle events remain in sync for both counterparties in a transaction with EquiLend 1Source could reduce industry costs by up to $100 million per year.

Ken DeGiglio, Chief Information Officer of EquiLend, said: “When we developed the concept for EquiLend 1Source with the industry’s Digital Transformation Working Group, our goal was to solve critical industry pain points and to empower businesses to continue to trade accurately and efficiently. The successful launch of the EquiLend 1Source pilot shows that the market shares that vision, and that a new, modernized and efficient chapter has begun for the securities finance industry.”

Last year, EquiLend announced its 1Source initiative, born out of the EquiLend-convened Digital Transformation Working Group, consisting of many of the most influential securities finance firms globally. Since then, the initiative has harnessed emerging technologies, such as DLT, to develop an industry-wide “single source of truth” for transaction lifecycle events in the securities finance industry. Firms utilizing the EquiLend Spire system, NGT trading platform and EquiLend’s Risk Resolution Suite (R2S) will benefit from seamless integration into EquiLend 1Source.

Earlier this year, the company joined the Canton Network in partnership with Digital Asset and other participating firms across the industry and built its 1Source initiative on the Canton ledger.

About EquiLend

EquiLend is a global financial technology firm offering Trading, Post-Trade, Data & Analytics, RegTech and Platform Solutions for the securities finance industry. EquiLend has offices in North America, EMEA and Asia-Pacific and is regulated in jurisdictions around the globe. The company is Great Place to Work Certified™ in the U.S., UK, Ireland and India and was named Best Post-Trade Service Provider Globally, Best Market Data Provider Globally and awarded for its Diversity & Inclusion in the Securities Finance Times Industry Excellence Awards 2023.

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