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Euro clearing after Brexit: shifting locations and oversight

Sven Van Kerckhoven (Department of Business and Economics, Vesalius College/Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussel, Belgium)
Jed Odermatt (City Law School, City University of London, London, UK)

Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance

ISSN: 1358-1988

Article publication date: 8 October 2020

Issue publication date: 10 May 2021




This paper investigates the impact of moving Central Counterparty Clearing Houses (CCPs) that clear euro-denominated transactions to the Eurozone after the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union. Prior to Brexit, the City of London had a dominant position in euro-clearing, but in the aftermath of Brexit, clearing houses might decide to move to the EU27. This paper aims to investigate the impact of moving euro-clearing to the EU27.


This paper provides an economic, political and legal investigation based on desk research. It studies the relevant materials, as they relate to the functioning of Central Counterparty Clearing in the aftermath of Brexit, with specific attention to the potential shift of locations and oversight.


The development of a EU27 financial hub and the possibility to increase oversight over euro-denominated financial transactions, which were partly at the roots of the financial and Eurozone crisis, could strengthen the market shaping of European financial markets. However, localizing euro-denominated transactions in Europe could potentially give rise to efficiency losses and a higher risk for companies and investors. Furthermore, the European regulatory framework currently faces certain weaknesses, obstructing the regulatory potential of the EU.

Research limitations/implications

As the Brexit negotiations are not yet finished, this paper does not intend to set out a definite outcome of the processes currently taking place.

Practical implications

Shifting locations and oversight of CCPs as a result of Brexit could lead to the establishment of a large financial centre within the EU-27. At the same time, it is to be expected that such a development will have a significant impact on the financial infrastructure of the City of London.


There exists an important trade-off with regard to shifting locations that need to be at the forefront of the discussions and the negotiations when dealing with Brexit. This seems to be neglected in a lot of the current policy debates. This paper takes stock of the ongoing debate and how it relates to the functioning of CCPs.



This work was supported by the Erasmus + programme as a Jean Monnet Module on ‘The Economics of European (Dis)Integration’ (599986-EPP-1-2018-1-BE-EPPJMO-MODULE).


Van Kerckhoven, S. and Odermatt, J. (2021), "Euro clearing after Brexit: shifting locations and oversight", Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, Vol. 29 No. 2, pp. 187-201.



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