Eurex vs LCH.Clearnet: clash of the titans

German exchange woos big clearing members with promise of capital savings

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Over the course of 21 months starting in January 1997, Eurex did something extraordinary. It poached Europe's biggest interest rate futures market – the Bund contract – from London-based Liffe, which began that period with 65% of the volume and ended with zero. Now, the Frankfurt-based exchange and clearing house is hoping to repeat the trick in the over-the-counter derivatives market, with the intended target being another London-based incumbent – LCH.Clearnet's SwapClear.

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