Settlement Operations

Cost-effective settlement.

Secure and efficient settlement.

For many organisations, settlement operations is the core of their business activities. Settlement departments are challenged to provide their service at the best possible price and with the highest level of process stability. Only innovative and efficient service with scalable processes and systems ensures long-term success in this market environment characterised by low margins and high levels of competition. 

We add value above and beyond the standard. We deal with all aspects of trade settlement on the German and Austrian markets, including OTC transactions and exchange-traded transactions of various product types. There are number of tasks to be accomplished to ensure that outstanding transactions are settled on time and securely, to avoid financial risks for your company. We can help you accomplish this. We support constantly evolving settlement operations with a comprehensive service portfolio geared towards the practical requirements of our clients. 

We have the well-founded experience necessary to optimally design every type of clearing and settlement process, or to provide you the best possible advice regarding an outsourcing project. We support you from the initial set-up and design through to the successful implementation of your settlement systems and also advise you throughout the testing phase – depending on need, either in a supporting capacity or with the complete assumption of test and migration management.


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Our service portfolio for Settlement Operations.

  • Analysis and optimisation of existing processes/systems in compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Evaluation of settlement processes and support in their optimisation
  • Support in teh integration, migration and development of settlement systems
  • Support with release upgrades or outsourcing of settlement systems

We are not just designers, we are doers.

Release upgrade of a securities settlement system

We are currently working on the coordination and implementation of a release upgrade of the existing securities settlement system for a major German bank.

Integration of BO solutions across all asset classes

In recent years, Firstwaters has integrated and developed system solutions for the settlement of OTC and exchange-traded transactions for a number of clients.

Outsourcing of securities settlement

Support of a major German bank in the outsourcing of its securities settlement to an outsourcing service provider.

Let's talk.

Would you like to optimise your settlement systems? We would love to hear about your challenges in dealing with settlement operations. Get in touch with our experts and let us develop a joint vision together.


Thorsten Fiekert

+49 6021 4 54 84 62