Market Link Guide – United Kingdom GBC
The issue of Global Bearer Certificates (GBCs) as “re-certification” allows non-German securities to be admitted to collective safe custody by CBF and traded on the German stock exchange.
Non-German securities that are admitted to the official market but are not kept in collective safe custody with CBF itself cannot, for legal reasons, be admitted to collective safe custody through a CSD link. CBF can however make those securities admitted to collective safe custody by taking the following steps:
- For each foreign security, CBF opens a segregated account with a supplier (depository) in its home market. The securities positions in the original non-German securities are kept in this account under the original ISIN.
- A global bearer certificate is issued by CBF for the securities positions kept by the supplier and this is deposited in collective safe custody with CBF.
- The positions are traded on the German stock exchange by transferring fractional co-ownership of the global certificate.
CSD link as defined under CSDRa
Type of link
Indirect link to Euroclear UK and International Ltd (EUI) for securities deposited at Citibank NA London Branch.
a. CSD Regulation (EU) No 909/2014 art. 2 (29)
Euroclear UK and International Ltd (EUI)
Citibank NA London Branch
Country of incorporation
Legal Account name / holder
Citibank N.A, London Branch as EUI direct participant holds an individually segregated participant IDs for CBF in the EUI Crest system.
Securities are registerd in the name of Vidacos Nominees Limited.
Clearstream Banking AG
More information on the operational arrangements and services related to GBCs and the list of eligible securities can be found on the Global Bearer Certificates page.
The below section is valid on the date of the legal opinion obtained by CBF that was issued on 29 November 2021. The information is provided for guidance only and should not be considered in isolation or as constituting a complete or definitive legal advice on any specific matter.
No insolvency proceedings against the custodian
Liability for negligence
Book-entry regime with in rem rights
Recognition of nominee concept
No right of retention to the custodian
Segregation of assets at the custodian
No right of use
No upper-tier attachments
As long as the substantive law applicable to the securities credited to the Custody Account remains local law, then an upper tier attachment should not occur but is subject to the discretion of the English court.
Insolvency of custodian with no impact on CBF's rights
Shortfall pro-rated among holders
Settlement finality in case of insolvency
Record keeping period of at least 10 years
Local law requirements of five years.