CLS welcomes Fifth Third Bank to CLSSettlement

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Date
4 May 2022

Fifth Third Bank participates in settlement service as a third-party participant through UBS

London / New York / Hong Kong / Tokyo: CLS, a financial market infrastructure delivering settlement, processing and data solutions across the global FX ecosystem, announced today that Fifth Third Bank, National Association (Fifth Third), can access CLSSettlement as a third-party participant. UBS, a CLS settlement member, will provide access to Fifth Third.

The addition of Fifth Third, one of the largest banks in the midwestern United States, represents a significant step forward in CLSSettlement adoption by the US regional banking sector.

CLS continues to witness increased uptake of CLSSettlement across the FX industry – especially third-party participation, which accounted for 90% of new business growth in 2021. This growth is due to a greater focus on settlement risk mitigation by market participants and their drive to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs. In addition, CLSSettlement supports market participants’ adherence to FX best practices as outlined in the FX Global Code, which include the use of payment-versus-payment settlement services wherever practicable.

Lisa Danino-Lewis, Chief Growth Officer, CLS commented, "We are delighted that Fifth Third has chosen to use CLSSettlement. With the growth in FX trading, settlement risk has become an increasing concern for both the public and private sectors. As a result, it is essential that all market participants – buy side or sell side – implement appropriate FX risk mitigation services such as CLSSettlement.”

“We are delighted that Fifth Third has chosen to use CLSSettlement. With the growth in FX trading, settlement risk has become an increasing concern for both the public and private sectors.”

Lisa Danino-Lewis
Chief Growth Officer

Bob Tull, Fifth Third’s Global Head of Fixed Income, Commodities and Currencies (FICC) said, "Our participation in CLSSettlement allows Fifth Third to further advance our FX platform.  Not only will CLSSettlement enable Fifth Third to further mitigate settlement risk and reduce operational costs related to FX trading, but CLS creates opportunities for us to expand our business and enhance our client experience by having access to a wider pool of counterparties."

Christian Stolcke, Global Head of Banks at UBS, added, “We’re pleased to be able to work with Fifth Third to mitigate FX settlement risk through CLS. In times of increasing intraday funding and liquidity costs, we believe it’s important to help our regional bank clients access CLSSettlement to free up liquidity while allowing them to expand their current FX relationships.”

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