The cost to clear at EquityClear Ltd

Fees at EquityClear Ltd

Clearing your cash equities and cash equity equivalents at EquityClear provides your portfolio with LCH’s best-in-class risk management, multilateral netting and unrivalled margin efficiencies.

Below you can find full details on fees at EquityClear Ltd.

Clearing Fees

Effective from 1st May 2021

To view previous EquityClear fees click here

All cleared volumes across all the trade sources cleared through the EquityClear Ltd service are cumulative in recognition of our aim to offer the broadest venue coverage and netting efficiencies to our members. The EquityClear tariff structure supports members' existing business whilst incentivising growth.

Members are encouraged to consolidate their cash equity business through the EquityClear service which offers economies of scale to members that conduct more business and across multiple trade venues.

The average daily volume (“ADV”) of the clearing member will be determined by the number of trades cleared throughout the month, then divided by the number of business days in the month.

Members are required to meet the criteria in the table below, which is based on the clearing members’ activity across RIE’s, MTF’s, other trade source,  the markets cleared (Central Securities Depositaries “CSDs”) and their average daily volume.

The simple fee structure with its easy to follow criteria allows clearing members to see the fixed fee that will be applied to each cleared trade throughout the month.

Members can reduce costs further by using the ‘family groupings’ discount facility that is available upon request.

The fee structure highlights LCH Ltd’s commitment to offer competitive fees that benefit its members. The tariff is structured to incentivise growth and reward those members that use the service.

From 1 March 2020, the LCH Ltd EquityClear service will introduce a minimum activity charge (MAC) of £5,000.00 per month. If a clearing members monthly clearing fees equate to less than the MAC then the clearing member will be charged £5,000.00.


Band Criteria Fee (£)
  RIEs MTFs Markets ADV  
Band 1 - - 1 - 0.0600
Band 2 3 1 1 20,000 0.0200
Band 3 3 1 1 125,000 0.0175
Band 4 3 3 4 250,000 0.011
Band 5 3 3 4 400,000 0.0075
Band 6 3 3 4 550,000 0.0060
Band 7 3 3 4 750,000 0.0045
Band 8 3 3 4 1,000,000 0.0035
Band 9 3 3 4 1,500,000 0.00335
Band 10 3 3 7 2,500,000 0.00275
Band 11 3 3 10 >2,500,000 0.00225

Example: 21 working days in the month & Member ADV 561,244 with trade venue coverage:

RIE’s 3, MTF’s 3, Markets 4, ADV >550,000 & <750,000 = £0.0060 per cleared trade

Calculation = 561,244 X £0.006 X 21 = Monthly fee  £70,716.74


The following trade venues are considered RIEs:

  • Borsa Italiana
  • London Stock Exchange for SETS, IOB and IET 
  • Nasdaq Copengagen
  • Nasdaq Stockholm
  • Nasdaq Helsinki
  • Oslo Bors
  • SIX Swiss Exchange


The following are considered MTFs and trade sources:

  • Aquis Exchange
  • BlockMatch MTF
  • Cboe European Equities
  • Equiduct
  • Morgan Stanley MTF
  • Traiana
  • Turquoise


From 1 October 2019, all OTC trades will be charged an additional 8p per cleared trade

CFD's will be charged at a flat rate of 10p per cleared trade

It should be noted that members wishing to apply for a new yet additional EquityClear membership will be charged a one off cost of £15,000.00

LCH Ltd passes through all settlement related fees to its members at cost.

For all settlement related Fees

From 1 March 2020, an additional fee of £150.00 per market, per month will be applicable to those members that clear in the Czech, Hungarian or Polish markets.  

All T2S fees will be passed on to clearing members at cost.

Interoperable settlements

A charge of 15p will be applied per settlement, per CCP which could have been an LCH counterparty for the relevant CSD and market. This charge is not applied where the relevant CSD does not charge for inter-CCP settlements. Therefore, the charge does not apply to settlements in Euroclear UK and Ireland and for settlements in SIS resulting from executions on SIX Swiss Exchange with no cross venue netting.

Buying-in fee

£200.00 per ISIN. Plus additional cost of purchasing the securities.

Failed Settlement Costs

Fixed penalty £20.00 per day, per net failed settlement.

For registered market makers and subsequent market making business in their registered less liquid ISIN’s £2.00 per day, per net failed settlement.

The London Stock Exchange notifies the CCPs of registered market makers in the following trading segments 

SETS on AIM (AMSM), FTSE Small Cap (SSMM), London Standard listed on SETS - non-index (SSMU), Other non-index equity on SETS (SET3), Sovereign controlled commercial company on SETS (SET2), Specialist Funds market on SETS (SFM1), Global Equity Segment (GES1), High Growth Segment (HGS1), SETSqx (HGS2, SFM2, SSQ3, ASQ1 & ASQ2), International Order Book (IOBE & IOBS)

An ad valorem charge of a SONIA based rate, plus 1%, / 365, will be applied to the current sterling value of the failing net settlement, per day. Currently the applicable rate is 0.004%. The rate will be reviewed periodically and is subject to change.

Failed settlement compensation

The EquityClear service will compensate clearing members with the Ad valorem charge, where EquityClear fails to deliver securities to its clearing members in the following markets and the corresponding CSDs:

Compensation will be credited to members at a rate of 70% of the Ad valorem fee charged.






Euroclear Belgium

Czech Republic



Euroclear France


Clearstream Frankfurt




Euroclear Netherlands







LCH will not rebate members in the following markets and the corresponding CSDs :




Euroclear UK & Ireland






Euroclear Finland


Euroclear Sweden

Depositary Receipts
& ETFs

Euroclear Bank



All credits and debits will be itemised within the existing month end report EREP0028- Fees- Fails charges.

Trade Adjustments

This service will allow members to reduce the number of failed settlements

The net off service is available where the CSD does not offer technical netting. We request Clearing Members adhere to the procedures listed below:

No more than 5 ISIN requests per day, per member mnemonic

LCH will only process net off requests where the following conditions are met:

  • The member has a failed sale transaction(s) that has reached ISD+3
  • The member has one or more purchase transaction(s) that create a netting opportunity
  • The purchase transaction(s) must have failed for at least 1 business day


Net off request forms must be obtained from and submitted to equityclear.ops.uk@lch.com by no later than 12pm London time.

LCH will make best efforts to process the net off request(s) as soon as possible on the day of receipt. However, it is possible that delays could occur due to excessive volume.

The net off fee is charged on a per security basis, where a net-off fee of £50.00 will be charged per request. 


Split Fee Request

Where a clearing member requests LCH Ltd to cancel a delivery versus payment or a free of payment settlement instruction and instruct new settlement instructions in their place, a charge of £25.00 will be levied for each split request.

Real Time Trade Confirmations (RTCs)

Clients can choose to receive ‘real time’ trade confirmation messages (RTCs).
Set-up costs and messaging costs will be charged on a case by case basis depending on the messaging option chosen and the client’s existing connectivity.

EMIR Account Structure

If a clearing member or its clients requires a new segregated account for collateral management purposes the following annual charges will apply:




Annual Fee



Member Testing

Booking test environment £1,600 plus VAT.

Per day or part day testing cost £800 plus VAT.

Ancillary Fees

Will be charged hourly at a rate of £120.00 plus VAT and be subject to a minimum charge of £240.00 plus VAT.  Examples of when ancillary fees will be charged include but are not limited to the regeneration of historic reports or the production of ad-hoc reports.

EquityClear Annual Fees

Membership fee 

 £25,000 per annum (assessed and collected in advance annually. Pro rata per month or part month)

Charge per NCM  

£4,000 per annum (assessed and collected in advance annually. Pro rata per month or part month)


Glossary of terminology used above

ADV: refers to Member’s Average Daily Volume
CCP Service fee: refers to Central Counterparty services offered by EUI
EUI: refers to Euroclear UK & Ireland
LSE: refers to London Stock Exchange
NCM: refers to different legal entity relationship with GCM


Should you have any questions regarding the EquityClear fee structure please contact:

Ian Mackenzie

Securities Client Service

Tel, +44 (0)20 7426 7265