ICMA Viewpoint on wholesale CBDC - August 2022

Distributed ledger technology (DLT) has significant potential to alter the lifecycle of bonds, from issuance, trading to settlement, and impact the functioning of financial markets. In light of continuous developments, ICMA’s FinTech Advisory Committee endorsed the creation of a dedicated working group to provide a forum for discussion and raise awareness on the benefits and challenges of DLT.

Objectives(i) Provide a forum for discussion on how to support liquidity in blockchain bonds, focusing on interoperability aspects, cash on ledger, as well as legal and regulatory considerations with a view to providing recommendations or market guidance;  (ii) Raise awareness and ‘demystify’ blockchain bonds through a blockchain bond FAQ, workshops, webinars and further educational materials, complementing the ICMA Future Leaders podcast series on DLT and capital markets, and (iii) Respond to relevant consultations by regulatory authorities.

MembershipThe group is open to all ICMA members and brings together a broad constituency including banks, central banks, investors, issuers, market infrastructures, law firms and vendor firms. The group may also invite guests and observers to attend meetings.

Please contact us if you would like to join.

See also:

21 November 2023: Considerations for risk factors and disclosure in DLT bond documentation

22 August 2023: ICMA response to HM Treasury's consultation on a UK Digital Securities Sandbox

30 September 2022: Joint TA response to BCBS 2nd consultation crypto-assets

28 June 2022: ICMA response to ECB questionnaire on a wholesale digital euro (from the ICMA Quarterly Report for Q3 2022)

FAQs on DLT & Blockchain in Bond Markets (Last updated September 2023)


Georgina Jarratt
Managing Director, Head of FinTech and Digitalisation; Member of the ICMA Executive Committee
Direct line: +44 20 7213 0348

Gabriel Callsen

Senior Director, FinTech and Digitalisation; Secretary to the ICMA FinTech Advisory Committee (FinAC)
Direct line: +44 20 7213 0334

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