ICAP caps blockchain proof of tech test for post trade ops
Jenny Knott, CEO of ICAP’s PTRI division, says it has demonstrated one of the “first real world applications of distributed ledger technology that has the ability to significantly transform the post trade landscape”.
The proof of technology used the multi asset messaging and matching Harmony network, and blockchain infrastructure provided by Axoni, a New York-based technology firm, to create a private, peer-to-peer, distributed ledger network using smart contracts.
Axoni’s implementation of blockchain provides life cycle automation, transactional privacy, processing of trades to support high-volume markets, automated reporting, and a permissioning system to onboard new network participants.
Tested using bilaterally executed spot/forward foreign exchange block trades, the PTRI division imported matched messages from Harmony and converted them in real time to blockchain-based smart contracts.
The smart contracts were then distributed to nine representative participant nodes on the blockchain network, where trades were permissioned for additional services such as valuation, compression and reporting. (See image above.)
ICAP says the proof of technology demonstrated the potential to provide a “common golden source” of user transaction and reference data cross asset, and securely code messages to be viewed only by permissioned participants.
Over the coming months, the PTRI business says it will discuss with participants how they can access the new golden data source.