London Stock Exchange signs MOU with Colombo Stock Exchange

14 May 2019 - 118   - 0

The London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) this week signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) to facilitate further collaboration between the two groups. 

The signing ceremony, held at the London Stock Exchange Group’s office in London, was attended by Mark Field MP, UK Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific; Manisha Gunasekara, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the UK; Dr Indrajit Coomaraswamy, Governor, Central Bank; Ranel T. Wijesinha, Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka; Ray Abeywardena, Chairman, Colombo Stock Exchange; Rajeeva Bandaranaike, CEO, Colombo Stock Exchange; Nikhil Rathi, CEO, London Stock Exchange Plc and Director of International Development, LSEG, and Dee Liyanwela, Group Head of Shared Services Centres & Head of LSEG Technology Sri Lanka (LSEG).

A media release by the CSE said the MoU will enable LSEG to support the CSE in the development of the domestic debt market including the market for offshore Sri Lankan rupee bonds; LSEG Technology support in upgrading capital market infrastructure and delivering technology solutions to the CSE; FTSE Russell guidance in capital market classification and index inclusion; and improving links to international Central Securities Depositaries (iCSD). 

Nikhil Rathi, CEO, London Stock Exchange Plc and Director of International Development, LSEG said: “We are honoured to host Sri Lanka’s $2.4 billion off-shore US dollar bond on London Stock Exchange’s International Securities Market. The success of this issuance reflects the international investor community’s continued support for Sri Lanka. LSEG has a long-standing connection with Sri Lanka and today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between LSEG and the Colombo Stock Exchange is an important milestone, under which we will explore opportunities to work together in ways that we believe will deepen and widen the Sri Lankan capital market and attract greater investment to the country.” 

Ray Abeywardena, the Chairman of CSE said: “Our two institutions share an excellent working relationship built on trust and mutual respect, which has paved the way for successful engagements in multiple initiatives over the years. The foray that we are jointly forging today is an extension of that relationship. The scope of the MoU paves the way for a number of new avenues of cooperation between the CSE and LSEG along with our respective depositories and will immensely advance CSE’s visibility and connectivity to international markets.”

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