agora Digital Capital Markets advances its vision with FCA regulatory authorisation and ISO certifications

London, 11 May 2022

agora Digital Capital Markets (“agora”), today announced that the company has become authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Mediobanca SpA : launches innovative agoraPlatform for automated issuance and lifecycle management of investment certificates

Mediobanca reduces time to market required for new issues via new process using smart contracts and DLT (Distributed Ledger Technology), confirming its position at the cutting edge of investment certificates automation

Project wins "Innovation Award - Open Innovation: open investment certificate" at MF Banking Awards.

agora Digital Capital Markets Completes a Series of Successful Multilateral Pilot Syndicated Bond Trades

London, 16 February 2022

agora Digital Capital Markets (“agora”), today announced the successful completion of a series of multilateral pilot sessions of its syndicated bond product, a critical step in the development of the first truly end-to-end digital workflow for fixed income products through the agoraPlatform.

Filippo Mattia Ginanni joins agora Digital Capital Markets as Head of Structured Products and EMTNs

London, 18 January 2021 

Digital Debt Capital Markets Ltd (DDCM or “agora”), announces the appointment of Filippo Mattia Ginanni as its Head of Structured Products and EMTNs.  Prior to joining agora, Filippo was Head of Cross Asset Structuring at Mediobanca.  Prior to joining Mediobanca, he spent ten years at Deutsche Bank where his last role was Head of the Securitised Retail Products platform (X-Markets) for Italy.

Digital Debt Capital Markets Appoints Sir Peter Estlin as an Advisor

Digital Debt Capital Markets Ltd (DDCM or “agora”), announces the appointment of Sir Peter Estlin as an Advisor.

IPC and Digital Debt Capital Markets Ltd Announce a Revolutionary New Partnership Solution to Digitise the End-to-End Life Cycle of a Bond

LONDON, October 7, 2020 – IPC - a leading global provider of secure, compliant communications and networking solutions for the global financial markets is delighted to announce a strategic partnership with Digital Debt Capital Markets Ltd (“DDCM or agora”).

Rutter joins Spencer on DDCM's second funding round

Digital Debt Capital Markets has closed a second round of funding, raising £4.32m from a group that includes fintech entrepreneur David Rutter and Michael Spencer's private investment group IPGL.

Spencer-backed bond fintech adds R3’s Rutter as a shareholder

Founders and backers say Covid crisis has accelerated the need and readiness for online tech in automating the bond markets

agora receives backing from R3's Rutter as bond platform moves to beta testing

agora, the end-to-end debt capital markets platform being developed by bond market veteran Charlie Berman, has closed a second funding round with support from new investors including David E. Rutter, the founder and chief executive of R3, the company behind the Corda blockchain system on which agora will operate.

Digital Debt Capital Markets raises £4.32mm in its second funding round to develop agoraPlatform

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Digital Debt Capital Markets Ltd (“DDCM”), a UK based techfin company, providing technology to enhance, upgrade and improve communication and processes from a bond’s issuance to repayment at its term announces the closing of its follow-on seed round, raising £4.32mm from a group of individuals and family offices. Strongly supported by the original investor group following on, this second fund raising has attracted significant new and related investors - including IPGL Ltd (Lord Spencer’s private investment group) who led this round of financing and David E. Rutter Founder & CEO of R3, which develops Corda Enterprise, the blockchain software integral to the functioning of the agoraPlatform.

Dealers vie with Markit to electronify bond issuance

Ben St. Clair

Robert Mackenzie Smith

Charlie Berman: “We have a system that functions with an enormous amount of manual input and constant reconciliation. Interconnectivity between stakeholders is driven by phone calls, emails, emails with attachments, PDFs, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets – very old tech,” says Charlie Berman, who spent more than two decades on sell-side DCM desks. He is now chief executive and co-founder of financial technology firm Agora, which is trying to automate DCM workflows with distributed ledger technology."

Distributed Ledger Technology x Capital Markets - an Unbeatable Combination for Success

When non-tech people think of blockchain, they don’t think of traditional asset classes, they think of cryptocurrencies or other B2C products. That is a mistake; core distributed ledger technology (“DLT”) is now an integral part of the technical development and improvement to client service in the finance industry and B2B space. JP Morgan’s 2019 report on Blockchain indicated that DLT could “transform banks’ business models by providing efficient and resilient information transfer and storage once scale has been achieved.” Furthermore, a Santander report estimates that blockchain technology could save the industry between $15 to $20 billion annually by 2022. Applying this technology provides the industry not only with cost saving opportunities, but also a better product that represents the next innovation in the B2B finance space.

Yassamin Issapour

Bringing tokenisation to life

A view from the Euroclear Collateral Conferenc

The great benefits of tokenisation within market infrastructure are slowly starting to come to life.

A better understanding of what Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) can do is pervading the financial ecosystem, as real life user cases – both in terms of deals done and new process – show the full potential of this technology.

Charlie Berman: “You cannot expect to just take out the existing market infrastructure players. It is not about taking people out of the process. For DLT to be successful you need the reverse of silos.”

Agora's Berman: coronavirus has accelerated fintech drive in capital markets

Lewis McLellan

Many feared that the drive to modernise within banks would take a back seat as those in bond markets raced to adapt to remote working during the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, banks appear to be galvanising their efforts to get up to date.

agora signs up collaborators for its digital capital markets journey

Peter Lee

Veteran DCM banker Charlie Berman closes in on first product launch aimed at digitizing processes and workflows along the life of a bond

SSAs to spur digital evolution of bond market

Burhan Khadbai

Charlie Berman: "Our approach is to work with the existing stakeholders to develop solutions that they need and will embrace and adopt… We are starting with SSAs as that’s where innovation begins, closely followed by banks as issuers and ultimately even less frequent issuers will benefit from the improvements.”

Digital Debt Capital Markets selects R3 Corda Enterprise platform

Digital Debt Capital Markets (“DDCM” or agora) today announces it has selected enterprise software firm R3 to provide the underlying blockchain technology for DDCM’s agora platform.

Fabianna Del Canto joins agora Digital Capital Markets as Head of Business Development

Digital Debt Capital Markets (“DDCM” or agora) today announces the appointment of Fabianna Del Canto as its Head of Business Development.

Michael Spencer backs Berman's end to end fintech platform for bonds

agora, the digital debt capital markets platform being developed by bond market veteran Charlie Berman, has closed its initial seed funding round with contributions from a small group of individuals, including Michael Spencer, the founder and former CEO of interdealer broker Icap, which later became Nex Group.

Michael Spencer backs start-up aimed at smoothing bond markets

by Tommy Stubbington

\ City veteran Michael Spencer is backing a start-up that promises to smooth the often-unwieldy processes behind the bond market, with a software platform enabling banks and investors to exchange vital data in real time.

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