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Blockchain/distributed ledger technology A game changer for the financial markets

Distributed ledger technology (DLT), e.g. blockchain, enables a number of innovations in the financial services sector. A distributed ledger is a public, decentralised account book. DLT can be used to record digital payments and user-to-user transactions.

The financial sector has been quick to identify many possible use cases for DLT and the potential for efficiency gains. Many initiatives are currently exploring where DTL can be used to boost efficiency without compromising on important standards such as safety and transparency. Deutsche Börse is already investing in the development and introduction of new state-of-the-art services using the DLT principle.

With D7, Deutsche Börse has created a regulatory compliant, fully digital post-trade infrastructure for the issuance, processing and custody of electronic securities.

D7 offers a fully digital alternative to the traditional physical issuance and processing of securities, serving as a connector between existing and future central and distributed networks.

Our strategy: Horizon 2026

Horizon 2026

At its Investor Day, Deutsche Börse presented the new strategy “Horizon 2026”. Read more about the core elements of the strategy.

Digital issuance with D7


Financial markets are going digital. The emergence of electronic securities and the digitisation of issuance processes are at the forefront of the financial industry’s digital transformation. Both require a new digital generation of financial infrastructure such as Deutsche Börse’s digital post-trade platform D7®

Clearstream processes first dematerialised issuances in Germany

As the first live component of its digital D7 platform, Deutsche Börse launched the new central register for electronic securities.

Deutsche Börse launches digital post-trade platform D7

End-to-end digital securities processing will foster digitisation of the German and European financial markets. Global market infrastructure provider Deutsche Börse plans to launch a regulatory compliant, fully digital post-trade platform called D7, anchored in the recently introduced German digital securities law framework.

A new milestone for smart finance

DZ Bank, BayernLB and Deutsche Börse have for the first time successfully traded and processed an OTC interest rate derivative in the form of a digital smart derivative contract, using DLT hosted in the cloud.

What does DLT offer the fund industry?

Delano and Paperjam talked to Clearstream’s Pierre Mottion about new technologies and how they contribute to reduce costs and inefficiencies

DLT-based securities settlement in central bank money successfully tested

Deutsche Börse, Deutsche Bundesbank and Germany’s Finance Agency have developed and successfully tested a settlement interface for electronic securities, working with a range of other market participants.

DLT solutions can deliver substantial benefits

Deutsche Bundesbank and Deutsche Börse have published a study which outlines the advantages of the use of DLT in the area of collateral management.