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TISA completes re-registration programme

TISA has announced that its re-registration programme delivery project – managed since June 2010 by Alistair Reid – has handed over to TeX (TISA Exchange Limited), having completed its initial objectives.

TISA first discussed the issues surrounding platform-to-platform re-registration at an open meeting held in July 2009. In October, following the adoption of the ISO 20022 standards, TISA formed an industry group to provide a forum for interested parties to consider the practical solutions necessary to assist in the implementation of the standards, in advance of the RDR deadline.

In June 2010 major platforms, third party administrators and fund groups were brought together by TISA to collectively finance a programme office to deliver the workstreams necessary to complete the re-registration programme. Alistair Reid was appointed to head-up this programme.

Since that time a considerable amount of work has been completed, in particular to develop the standard contract and to solve the related legal issues surrounding liability and indemnity that arise with electronic re-registration. Getting this completed and agreed by all parties, together with the successful proof of concept and piloting is a rare achievement for the industry and has been essential to the establishment of TeX.

TeX will focus on delivering the electronic transfer of assets by providing a contract club. Through the provision of a depository for the non-commercial contract terms for transfers, TeX will provide certainty for customers and firms alike that re-registration is being completed to an agreed industry standard. By holding one common set of terms that are maintained by TeX it will also significantly reduce industry costs and risks.

David Dalton-Brown, Chairman of the TISA Re-Registration Executive Committee said:

“I would like to thank Alistair for his highly successful management of this cross-industry project. It became clear early in the process that in order to deliver this project in line with the FSA’s expectations we would need to create a number of workstreams to consider the key aspects. It is a testament to Alistair that these have all met their objectives leading to the establishment of TeX.”

Malcolm Small, TISA Director of Policy also paid tribute to the many industry participants involved in the project:

“This was the first TISA project to bring the industry together on such a large scale to help define the problem, identify the steps that needed to be taken and then to deliver an agreed and workable solution. It is a model that we have used on subsequent TISA projects focused on distributor funds and structured products and will continue to use to help the industry meet the best interests of the consumer.”

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For further information, please contact:

Tony Vine-Lott, Director General, TISA - Tel: 01372 374728, Mobile: 07790 006108 Email: tony.vine-lott@tisa.uk.com

Malcolm Small, Director of Policy, Mobile: 07989 500771 Email: malcolm.small@tisa.uk.com

Issued on behalf of TISA by Cauldron Consulting, contact Steve Radford - Tel: 020 3178 7238, Mobile: 07889 903786 Email: steve.radford@cauldron-consulting.com

Notes for Editors

TISA re-registration project timeline

2009
July
TISA holds Open Meeting to discuss the issues surrounding platform-to-platform re-registration.

October
TISA forms an industry group to consider how the market can best move towards the implementation of an agreed re-registration standard.

2010

January
TISA invites all interested parties to join its industry group to help develop practical solutions to assist in the implementation of the ISO 20022 standards.

April
TISA announces preference for a re-registration solution based on ISO 20022 messages over the SWIFT network.

June
TISA brings major platforms, third part administrators and fund groups together to collectively finance a programme office to deliver the re-registration workstreams.

June
Alistair Reid appointed to head-up the re-registration programme.

October
Completion and documentation of messaging formats announced. Dedicated re-registration project microsite launched on TISA website.

November
Draft Service Level Agreements published for peer review. Pilot projects announced.

2011
January
Industry-wide Service Level Agreement issued. Pilot projects commence.

May
First ISO 20022 compliant re-registration messages sent over the SWIFT network.

May
Progress on in-specie transfer testing means same-day re-registration now the goal.

June
Fidelity, Ascentric and Schroders successfully test first platform-to-platform end to end messaging over SWIFT using the Altus Transfer Gateway.

August
TISA Exchange Limited– TeX – established as a ‘contract club’ to act as a depository for a standard set of non-commercial contracts between parties.

September
TeX opens for membership.

2012
February
Re-registration programme delivery office completes project. TeX assumes responsibility as the contract club to facilitate the electronic transfer of assets.

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