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NatWest pioneers a new bond execution process with LSEG’s DCM Flow platform

NatWest executes JPY 1 billion 5-year fixed rate note via DCM Flow

As a first step – with the support of NatWest Markets’ treasury, legal and Capital Markets teams – NatWest Markets executed a pilot Private Placement over the platform, printing a JPY 1 billion 5-year fixed rate note by exclusively using DCM Flow to originate the deal, negotiate with investors and sign all legal documentation via the platform.

Streamlining debt capital markets issuance

To help simplify the debt capital markets transaction execution process, London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) has launched DCM Flow, an end-to-end automation tool using General Legal Mark-up Language (GLML). It helps issuers, dealers, legal advisers and other stakeholders to originate, negotiate and close deals more efficiently by cutting complexity and costs.   

NatWest and London Stock Exchange share vision for digital capital markets

Chris Agathangelou, Head of Digital Capital Markets and Flow Credit at NatWest, said: “As we look at the future of the corporate banking sector, digitalisation and blockchain are both going to provide a path to a more transparent, frictionless market. Our customers are focused on this development, and our job is to support them on their journey.”

Darko Hajdukovic, Group Head of Platforms and Product, Primary Markets at London Stock Exchange, commented: “We are delighted that NatWest has utilised DCM Flow to execute a JPY1bn 5-year fixed rate note for NatWest Markets. This transaction clearly demonstrates that NatWest and London Stock Exchange share a vision for creating value for clients through digitisation of capital markets.”

Scott Forrest, Head of Treasury DCM at NatWest, said: “As a regular issuer, we are always looking for ways to make the issuance process across NatWest Group as efficient as possible, and DCM Flow helps us to do exactly that by more easily linking the issuer, dealer and their respective counsels.” 

Clare Goold, Head of Syndicate Transaction & Execution Management at NatWest, added: “This debut transaction on DCM Flow marks an important step on our journey towards building an automated and digital Capital Markets business. For us, the accuracy, consistency and speed are the key benefits of DCM Flow. Looking ahead, it will also link well into our DLT Blockchain programme, and we are looking forward to further collaborating with the London Stock Exchange.”   

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