Central counterparty default management auctions - Issues for consideration

CPMI Papers  |  No 192  | 
25 June 2020

Central counterparties (CCPs) have become increasingly critical components of the financial system in recent years, due in part to the introduction of mandatory clearing for standardised OTC derivatives in some jurisdictions. Consistent with the key responsibility of guaranteeing the fulfilment of transactions to their clearing participants, CCPs play an important role in mitigating contagion in the event of a participant default. A default management auction is one of the tools that a CCP may use to transfer a defaulting participant's positions to a non-defaulting participant, thereby restoring the CCP to a matched book.

This CPMI-IOSCO report outlines certain issues that CCPs should consider regarding default management auctions processes. It also identifies practices that CCPs could consider in the development and improvement of default management auctions to address those issues.

CPMI and IOSCO will work with the industry to progress some issues related to CCP default management auctions over the next 24 months. At the end of this timeframe, CPMI and IOSCO intend to take stock of industry progress towards consensus on those issues as well as towards implementation of concrete measures (where relevant) and reconsider whether additional work, potentially including guidance, would be necessary.