Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) announced earlier this week that it, Accenture, and The Floor are currently developing a new blockchain securities lending platform, which will be powered by Intel.
According to the Exchange, there is currently no central securities lending platform in the Israeli market. The purpose of this project is to create one central platform that will transform the Securities Lending market in Israel by enabling direct lending among all the major financial instruments. The platform will function as a one-stop-shop for all securities lending activities, permitting access to larger securities volumes within shorter timeframes, even operating in shorter-term positions.
“The use of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) as the basis of this new trading platform will harness some of the blockchain’s primary advantages and features, such as direct peer-to-peer transactions, Smart Contract, and enhanced security through immutability. All of these are expected to benefit TASE, its custodians and their clients by reducing costs, increasing security and enabling the market to exploit its full potential.”
The Exchange also claimed that this will be the first project of its kind, intending to bring together The Floor, Accenture, and Intel to develop this platform for the TASE. This cooperation originated in March 2017 during an international Blockchain Hackathon and quickly transitioned to a concrete opportunity. The project is also structured with a two-phased approach comprised of an initial Proof of Concept (PoC), which upon its success will be followed by a deployment of the solution in a production environment. It was then noted that Accenture is leading the initiative by providing project management, systems integration, blockchain, and cybersecurity consulting services to support the Securities Lending platform. Speaking about the platform, Ittai Ben-Zeev, TASE’s CEO, stated:
“The Tel Aviv Stock exchange is pleased to present this first of a kind project. A safe, cutting-edge, state of the art platform, that was created thanks to a great collaboration among The Floor, Intel and Accenture. The Blockchain technology will present a new level of safety for securities lending and will support growth for transactions based on this new platform. Without a doubt, TASE is now, more than ever before, a global financial innovation leader.”
Gil Devora, Co-Founder, The Floor, commented:
“TASE is the first Stock Exchange in the world to pilot and use the platform. In the future, this platform and its cutting-edge technology will be offered to global custodians, stock exchanges and other asset management firms looking to deploy a robust and operational system for securities lending or other asset classes. As a leading international Fintech innovation center we set a goal to promote and develop Blockchain applications for the financial industry, w and we believe this is just the beginning of using this platform for multiple use cases.”
Jacob Benadiba, Accenture’s Country Managing Director for Israel, added:
“Blockchain technology is poised to bring sweeping innovation to the global capital markets infrastructure, and this project shows how rapidly this technology is taking hold around the world. We are very pleased to provide our expertise and capabilities in blockchain, capital markets and fintech ecosystems in order to facilitate this exceptional collaboration. This project will help TASE create an innovative end-to-end solution that addresses their business, security and technological needs under an extremely powerful new paradigm.”