Eurivex Ltd., a Cyprus Investment Firm regulated by Cyprus Securities & Exchange Commission (CySEC) is acting as Paying Agent for corporate bond listings on the Vienna Stock Exchange when the registry is held with the Oesterreichische Kontrollbank Aktiengesellschaft (OeKB).
Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG (OeKB) is a specialised institution providing central infrastructure for the Austrian capital market. OeKB is Austria’s central securities depository (CSD). It provides centralised custody and administration for nearly all Austrian securities. Also, the CSD is closely interlinked with the CSDs of other countries.
OeKB manages central data pools on Austrian securities, generates analytical data and is the national agency for assigning International Securities Identification Numbers (ISIN). It also acts as the notification office for the purposes of the Capital Markets Act and is responsible for the organisation and running of the automated auction system for government bond issues.
Eurivex, which is a specialized regulated EU investment firm advising corporations from any jurisdiction with their bond listings on the MTF Market of the Vienna Stock Exchange, acts as the Listing Agent preparing the Investment Memorandum and the Terms and Conditions, as well as acting as the Paying Agent for the custody of the bonds through its securities account held and maintained with the OeKB.
When Eurivex is entrusted with the task of acting as Paying Agent, it can deliver the dematerialized bonds to the custodian accounts of the bond purchasers to any custodian account held and maintained with Clearstream and or Euroclear via its link with the OeKB.
Corporations from many jurisdictions are increasingly choosing to list their corporate bonds on the MTF Market of the Vienna Stock Exchange, with clearing and custody held with the OeKB which allows a direct link with Clearstream Luxembourg bank and Euroclear and other international clearing agencies for direct settlement and transfer of securities.
The Multilateral Trading Facilities (MTF) are a form of “lite exchange” because they provide similar or competing trading services, such as rulebooks and market surveillance departments, but operate through simplified procedures and at very competitive fees than what it would cost to list financial instruments (shares, bonds, funds) on the traditional stock market segments.
The MTF Market of Vienna Stock Exchange is operated by the regulated Vienna Stock Exchange.
In Vienna they also refer to the MTF Market as the Third Market but trading in bonds goes through the same clearing and settlement structure.
The biggest advantages for listing in MTF Markets are:
- There is no need to submit prospectus. Listing is done through simplified method.
- A bond listing on an EU stock exchange allows the Issuer regulatory approval to sell the bonds and raise money from investors across the EU27.
- Issuer secures Austrian (AT) International Securities Identification Number (ISIN).
- All kinds of denominations possible.
- There is no minimum or maximum ownership rule.
- The concept of using nominees is legally allowed.
- There is no minimum volume rule. This means even if for the whole year there is no volume traded on the financial instruments, this is acceptable.
- Startups without prior history can list their financial instruments.
- Listing is secured on average in 2 weeks.
- All applications submitted by e-mail.
- Listing costs are significantly lower.
- The level of reporting after listing is negligible.
- Trading in the financial instruments is done via brokers.
TYPES OF BONDS
The Vienna Stock Exchange allows for most types of bond listings including:
– Traditional bonds with fixed coupon
– Floating rates
– Zero coupon bonds
– Performance linked bonds*, whose value is tied to the performance of the underlying asset.
*Performance Linked Bonds are increasingly becoming attractive since they spread the risk of performance on the investors.
Such Performance Linked Bonds may also be used for trading in capital markets in derivative products such as trading in shares, bonds and forex. When the trading performance is positive, the NAV will increase, whereas if there are trading losses, the NAV will decline.
The Vienna Stock Exchange prefers for Issuers to conduct their private placement of bonds and then list on the Exchange. An Issuer can apply for a larger amount of listing, but list the bonds in tranches of minimum EUR 200.000 lots over several years.
Eurivex will secure an Austrian AT-ISIN for the corporate bonds when it is appointed as Listing and Paying Agent.
Eurivex Contact details
Head Office Address: 2 Armenias Street, Office 101, Nicosia 2003, Cyprus
Telephone +357 22 02 88 31 Fax +357 22 25 53 18
Web site: www.eurivex.com Enquiries: SHAVASB@EURIVEX.COM
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