The Hong Kong Stock Exchange has reportedly entered into an agreement with Digital Asset to create a tool for post-trade processing.
The new blockchain instrument is said to be applied to Northbound Stock Connect, the system developed by HKEX back in 2014. This is system is designed for overseas and Chinese investors allowing them to trade securities in each other' markets making use of trading and clearing solutions provided by the local trading platforms.
According to the news reports, the companies have already completed the functional part of the system. Specifically, with the pilot product, the group of insiders can set the settlement scheme in advance, which means they can avoid problems summoned by the time difference in their countries.
Moreover, the trial system features a real-time synchronization of post-trading deal status "between asset managers, brokers, custodians and the Hong Kong Securities Clearing Company Limited – HKEX's securities clearing house."
After that, the company will switch to the further project stage involving more market players.
For reference, HKEX announced plans about the implementation of blockchain-platform for settlement issues back in early 2018, striving to follow the Australian Stock Exchange. The latter used the instrument that was also developed by Digital Asset and is said to replace the CHESS clearing system by 2021.