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Becoming a HKCC/SEOCH Settlement Bank and Designated Bank

In order to become a Settlement Bank, the bank has to fulfill the following criteria:

  • Being a licensed bank under Hong Kong Monetary Authority and with a minimum credit rating of A3 by Moody’s or equivalent, or being a Hong Kong dollar note-issuing bank;
  • Able to communicate with HKCC / SEOCH via SWIFT automatically; and
  • Possess competitive pricing and high utilization rate by the participants
The above criteria will also be applied to Designated Bank except for the credit rating requirement. Moreover, a Settlement / Designated Bank is required to enter into a standard bank agreement with HKCC / SEOCH which set out the settlement requirements.
Application for becoming a Settlement / Designated Bank has to be in writing with explanation on how the admission criteria can be fulfilled with relevant supporting documents, where appropriate. The application should be submitted to:

       Cash & Derivatives Clearing Operations
       HKFE Clearing Corporation Limited / The SEHK Options Clearing House Limited
       30/F, One Exchange Square,
       8 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong

Updated 28 Feb 2017