European banks stop clearing Korean won swaps at KRX

Fresh uncertainty over Esma's recognition of KRX's OTC clearing house

A stop-no-go sign

Doubts over European recognition of KRX's over-the-counter derivatives clearing house and the robustness of its risk management procedures are forcing European banks to reduce trading of Korean won interest rate swaps or move to non-standard products.

Korea launched its OTC clearing operation three months ago to meet a regulator-imposed deadline of June – one which was deemed too soon by many market participants. The decision by Korean regulators to mandate won interest rate swaps out to 10 year

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