DSB invites experts to join product committee amid rise of digital assets on OTC derivatives

Rick Steves

“We are indebted to our Product Committee members, who are actively engaged and work hard to establish harmonisation and data alignment for the global OTC derivatives market.”

The Derivatives Service Bureau (DSB) is calling industry experts to join the DSB Product Committee with the submission of Member applications closing on Monday, 13 March 2023.

The DSB is a fully automated generator of International Securities Identification Numbers (ISINs) for OTC derivatives.

Headquartered in London, the global numbering agency for OTC derivatives serves the needs of market participants through the allocation of International Securities Identification Numbers (ISINs), the Classification of Financial Instruments (CFI), and Financial Instrument Short Name (FISN), all globally recognised and adopted ISO standards for identifying, classifying and describing financial instruments.

The DSB serves over 3,100 users spanning 420 institutions, having issued ISINs in at least 33 countries for identifying OTC derivatives.

DSB Product Committee includes experts from buy and sell-side, custodians, vendors, venues, etc

The DSB Product Committee’s existing membership includes a diverse group of industry experts from the buy-side, sell-side, custodians, data vendors, trade repositories, trading venues and trade associations.

Members are subject matter experts with OTC derivative asset class and workflow expertise, as well as providing geographical representation. A key role of the Product Committee’s work is to assist the DSB in specific industry developments in the OTC derivatives space.

The Product Committee’s Charter was revised in 2021, expanding in remit to include the DSB’s work as the Unique Product Identifier (UPI) Service Provider.

With the global UPI Service close to launching, the DSB is looking for new Members to complement the existing expertise in OTC derivatives products and global standards. The PC continues to be well represented from the North American and European regions but also looks to increase representation from the Asia and Middle East regions.

The emergence of digital assets on OTC derivatives

The DSB Product Committee, via the Digital Asset Strategy Sub-Committee (DAS-SC), are discussing the implications of the emergence of digital assets on OTC derivatives, with the objective to agree an approach to a common methodology for the treatment of digital assets. Stakeholders with expertise in this area are also welcome to apply.

Emma Kalliomaki, Managing Director of ANNA and the DSB, said: “We are indebted to our Product Committee members, who are actively engaged and work hard to establish harmonisation and data alignment for the global OTC derivatives market. The Product Committee has been key in DSB preparations for implementation of the UPI and, as the UPI launch date grows closer, they will be key to helping address data-related challenges and promote best practice for stakeholders.”

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