New Service Will Connect Banks in China with London’s FX Market

London, UK – 18 December, 2017.  The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has formally announced the formation of R5-SHCH Connect, a partnership between R5, the London FinTech leading the digital transformation of Emerging Markets Foreign Exchange trading, and the Shanghai Clearing House, the financial market infrastructure, established to clear and settle China’s financial products.

During last week’s UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue, Chinese Vice-Premier     Ma Kai met with the Chancellor in Beijing. At the conclusion of the meeting, a series of financial trade agreements were announced, including R5-SHCH Connect, a financial market infrastructure that connects banks in China directly with the London FX market. R5-SHCH Connect demonstrates the close cooperation that exists between the UK and China under the framework of the Belt and Road initiative, and is a direct result of the deepening economic ties between the two countries.

Mr Hammond commented, “As the Renminbi becomes increasingly international, and as China continues to drive forward hugely transformative initiatives, such as the Belt and Road project, I believe that Britain can be China’s natural partner in the West for delivering these ambitious projects.”

Jon Vollemaere, CEO of R5 commented, “R5-SHCH Connect is an infrastructure that enables banks in China to trade FX in London, the largest and most liquid FX market. It will cement London’s position as the leading global financial centre. This is a great example of the UK and China working in collaboration, with R5 and the Shanghai Clearing House providing complimentary services, and recognising the importance of a strong partnership, to deliver new and innovative services.”

R5-SHCH Connect is an electronic marketplace, which enables banks located in China to trade G10 currencies in the London FX market. It acts as a high-speed link between China and London, which provides Chinese banks with increased access to FX trading, and enhances liquidity in major currencies.

R5-SHCH Connect reinforces London’s leading position in global FX and in FinTech by introducing new financial innovation as part of the Belt and Road initiative.

Institutions already trading in the London market will benefit from additional counterparties and deeper liquidity, provided by new Chinese entrants.

R5-SHCH Connect will launch in early 2018 with an initial group of Chinese banks connecting to the London FX market, with further onshore Chinese banks being added throughout the year.

The UK government has published Policy Outcomes of the 9th UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue, which makes further reference to R5-SHCH Connect, as follows:

“Both sides welcome the agreement reached between Shanghai Clearing House and R5, the London based Capital Market Fintech, to create a Cross Border FX Clearing Solution.”

For further information – Policy Outcomes of the 9th UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue