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Founders: Guido Stroemer (CEO / Chairman), Olly Benkert (Advisor)

Founded: 2017

Keywords: Payments, clearing, settlements, blockchain, R3

Who is it for: Institutional clients in global securities financing markets

Total funding: €24.4.M, - latest: Jan 2021,Series B €14.4M, BNY Mellon, Goldman Sachs, BNP Paribas Securities Services, CItigroup, Deutsche Börse

HQ: Luxembourg

Accelerating Collateral Mobility

HQLAx is an innovative financial technology firm founded by financial market practitioners. The fintech’s long-term vision statement is to accelerate the financial ecosystem’s transition towards frictionless ownership transfers of assets, and it aims to achieve this vision by collaborating with its clients to design, develop and deliver innovative, technology-driven solutions for specific pain points in the financial markets.  The first pain point that HQLAx addresses is to improve collateral mobility amongst market-leading tri-party agents and custodians. 

HQLAx and Deutsche Börse Group formed a strategic partnership for the creation of a joint operating model that provides market participants with improved collateral mobility across a fragmented securities settlement eco-system. In the HQLAx / Deutsche Börse Group operating model, there is no movement of securities between custodians. Instead, a digital collateral registry is used to record ownership of baskets of securities, whilst the underlying securities remain static in the custody location of the collateral giver. This enables platform participants to seamlessly execute capital efficient securities lending transactions for enhanced balance sheet optimization.