Investment Operations

Global Depositories to Streamline Issuance and Safekeeping of International Debt Securities

Clearstream and Euroclear confirmed that it will begin offering the issuer community the option to electronically issue, sign, authenticate and hold some securities under the New Safekeeping Structure (NSS), known as electronic Global Notes (e-GN).

This information is aimed at all market participants involved in the issuance of international debt securities deposited with the ICSD CSKs.

Issuance of electronic Global Notes

Starting from 3 June 2024, all documents associated with e-GN issuance can be signed electronically using accepted forms of electronic signatures. This enhances the efficiency of international securities and Eurobonds issuance.

New templates of issuance documentation have been created accordingly. The e-GNs will be represented by a digital PDF copy of the Global Notes in electronic form and will be deposited in a designated electronic vault for safekeeping. They will coexist alongside physically safekept, wet-ink signed Global Notes.

Key features of the electronic New Safekeeping Structure

The scope of e-GN will include new issuance of registered NSS securities governed by English law and, issued by non-governmental issuers (i.e. corporates and financial institutions) located in England and Wales, or all Supranational issuers (where that supranational issuer does not have a jurisdiction of incorporation).

According to the depositories, the initiative will offer the following benefits:

  • Streamlined handling of Global Notes and Terms and Conditions throughout the primary market issuance process and subsequently during the security lifecycle
  • Paperless safekeeping of Global Notes and Terms and Conditions

In a statement, the depositories said the issuer community was strongly advised to move towards adopting the electronic issuance model.