Settlement services – Finland


Pre-matching service

The table below summarises CBL’s, CBF's and LuxCSD's pre-matching service for external settlement instructions, as well as the pre-matching method and start time in the market. For details on CBF's and LuxCSD's pre-matching services, see Pre-matching services for external settlement instructions.

The "hold and release" feature available in TARGET2-Securities (T2S) will be used by CBL for the pre-matching of settlement instructions in T2S.

Service offeredMethod employedStart (local time)
All securities

Immediate Release Flag available

Automated through Euroclear Finland (EFI)

As from SD-2, upon receipt of instructions

Connectivity mediumInstruction format

Xact Web Portal

Tick to enable the “Immediate Release” option.

Xact via Swift and Xact File Transfer


Hold and release

Client instructions remain on hold in CBL until provisioned and released to the market.

Partial settlement

In T2S, partial settlement for eligible instructions is allowed at the last night-time settlement cycle in sequence “X”; and within the real-time settlement period:

  • At 08:00 CET, 10:00 CET, 12:00 CET, 14:00 CET and 15:30 CET; and
  • 30 minutes prior to the against payment cut-off time (between 15:30 CET and 16:00 CET).

Within these windows all transactions that are pending due to lack of securities and holding a positive partial settlement indicator are included in the partial settlement processing.

Whether partial settlement will be applied or not depends on the partial settlement indicator set within the instruction or on the client account setup. A settlement instruction will settle partially if both counterparties instruct with the field :22F::PARQ.

Partial settlement applies only when full settlement is not possible due to lack of securities. T2S will perform partial settlement according to the available position after analysis of the partial settlement indicator in the instruction. The settlement instructions are submitted to a full settlement attempt before being submitted to a partial settlement attempt, if permitted by instruction indicators or client account setup.

Partial settlement is applicable to domestic and cross-border instructions and is not allowed for payment free of delivery (PFoD) instructions. Also, partial settlement is not applied if instructions are linked to any other settlement instruction with link type “Before”, “After”, “With” or via pool reference. Partial settlement is not applied if the transaction undergoes a process where a CoSD Hold is used. The unsettled remaining part of a partially settled settlement instruction can be cancelled.

As client delivery instructions are always fully provisioned before being sent to the domestic market, no partial settlement can be performed. For receipts, the partial settlement can take place if the counterparty is short of securities and the instructions are received by T2S within the times set above.

Matching service

Matching is mandatory for all transactions settling in T2S. In addition to the mandatory matching criteria in T2S the following field types may, if present, be filled with supplementing matching criteria:

Additional matching fields

Additional matching fields are initially not mandatory but, when one of the counterparties provides a value for them in its instruction, matching values must be provided by the other counterparty.

CBL does not populate the additional matching fields and clients may leave them blank as well.

Optional matching fields

The following optional matching fields must match when provided by both counterparties:

  • Common reference;
  • Client of delivering/receiving CSD participant; and
  • Securities account of the delivering/receiving CSD participant.

Domestic allegement matching service

Complementary to the pre-matching services offered as described above and where no pre-matching instruction has been sent to the market, CBL accepts allegements via its agent from domestic market counterparties. It will then use these allegement messages to search for the best matching client instruction.

If no matching client instruction is found, the allegement is reported to the client provided that its Clearstream Banking account number is present.

For details of CBL's domestic allegement service, see Pre-matching services for external settlement instructions.

Identification of CSDs in T2S

In T2S all CSDs will be identified by their BIC11. Clients are required to use the following BIC11 as Place of Settlement for domestic instructions in EFi:



EFI via T2S


Identification of the counterparty in T2S

In T2S, the CSD participants are identified exclusively by the combination of their home CSD (Swift: PSET), that is, the PSET shall be the BIC of the CSD the counterparty uses to access T2S, and their BIC11 (Swift: REAG/DEAG).

If a client uses a BIC8 to identify the Receiving/Delivering Agent, CBL shall be entitled to modify the BIC8 provided and the settlement instructions will then be processed by default with a BIC11 by adding the default XXX suffix to comply with T2S settlement rules.

Accordingly, such clients remain liable for any settlement fails that the use of the BIC8 may cause and the clients furthermore agree to indemnify CBL against losses, liabilities, damages, penalties, expenses and all other costs on any kind suffered by CBL as a result of the client not complying with the above requirement.

Procedures for domestic counterparties

Place of Settlement


Delivering/Receiving Agent


In favour of/By order of

Optional field, but if instructed: 
BIC11 or account number of the CBL client

Clients can use the optional matching criteria to reduce the risk of cross-matching.

Allowed countervalue difference

The following cash tolerances are applicable in T2S:

  • EUR 2 for transactions with an amount less than or equal to EUR 100,000; and
  • EUR 25 for transactions with an amount greater than EUR 100,000.

In the case of a discrepancy, the cash amount of the delivering party will prevail.

Back-to-back processing

Back-to-back processing is available for transactions in the T2S system. If both the client and the domestic counterparty meet their settlement obligations and fulfil the market's back-to-back requirements within the relevant deadlines, the linked receipt and the linked delivery will settle with same-day value. To benefit from this functionality, clients must ensure that their back-to-back instructions are formatted as follows, according to the connectivity medium used:

Connectivity mediumPool ID formatField(s) to be used

Xact via Swift and Xact File Transfer

Field :20C: sequence A1

Field :22F: sequence E

a. The reference (16x) must neither start nor end with a single slash "/" nor must it contain two consecutive slashes "//".

Recycling rules

Unmatched instructions will be recycled for 20 business days (starting from the initial settlement date), after which they will be cancelled.

Unmatched cancellation requests will be recycled for 20 business days (starting from the date of receipt).

Matched, but not settled instructions will be cancelled by T2S after 60 business days (starting from the date of receipt or on the day the last modification was sent for the instruction).

Settlement Discipline Regime cash penalties

Penalties will be calculated and applied on matched settlement instructions that fail to settle, in full or in part, on and after their intended settlement date (ISD), if both the settlement instruction and the relevant financial instrument are subject to cash penalties.

Instruments subject to cash penalties

Any financial instrument listed in the Financial Instruments Reference Data System (FIRDS) database maintained by ESMA will be subject to cash penalties. However, cash penalties will not apply to shares listed in the Short Selling Regulation (SSR) exemption listed in the Short Selling Regulation (SSR) exemption list.

New issues settlement

Transactions in new issues are settled the day on which distribution occurs in Helsinki or in the night-time processing of the next day with back valuation to the previous day.