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 Tier 1 capital under the Banking (Capital) Rules of not less than HK$390,000,000 or such other level as prescribed by HKCC/SEOCH from time to time ;
  • 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:

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

Updated 01 Jun 2018