HSBC Becomes First Financial Institution to Move Corda Enterprise Blockchain Technology on to Google Cloud

London and Sunnyvale, Calif., February 26, 2021 — HSBC has become the first financial institution to move software  firm R3’s blockchain platform Corda Enterprise on to Google Cloud. The  move will cut client onboarding times from months to weeks, improving the  client experience and significantly reducing costs.  

The bank currently uses R3’s Corda technology for Digital Vault, HSBC’s custody blockchain platform.  

HSBC is pursuing using blockchain to support the custody of future digital  asset classes. Moving the Corda technology to Google Cloud gives the bank  the option to move more of the transaction lifecycle on to the ledger in future,  including issuing digital tokens instead of paper certificates. 

The Digital Vault service, launched in November 2019, digitises the  transaction records of private placement assets including equity, debt and  real estate. This enables global custody clients to access details of their  private assets directly and in real-time instead of having to request a search  of paper-based records. As a result, they can easily keep track of when they  will receive the coupon on a private debt transaction or facilitate an audit of  transaction records. The Digital Vault is currently available in Asia and will be  rolled out in other regions in due course. 

R3’s Corda platform enables businesses to transact directly and privately  using smart contracts, reducing transaction and record-keeping costs and  streamlining business operations. 

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Gaurav Aggarwal, Head of Distributed Ledger Technology and Tokenisation,  Markets & Securities Services, HSBC, said: “Being the first organisation to  move Corda technology to Google Cloud is a further sign of HSBC’s  commitment to blockchain and cloud technologies. As well as cutting  onboarding times and reducing costs, it will help us prepare for the future, in  which the full transaction lifecycle could be stored on a distributed ledger.” 

Cathy Minter, Chief Revenue Officer at R3, said: “Blockchain’s potential in  supporting the custody of future digital asset classes is immense, and we  have already seen this in practice with HSBC’s Digital Vault service. As  HSBC moves Corda onto Google Cloud, clients will benefit from faster  onboarding times and reduced costs. Corda was built with the highest  standards of privacy and security in mind. The platform is ideally suited to  empower HSBC’s global custody clients to access details of their private  assets securely, and in real time.”

Derek White, Vice President, Global Financial Services, Google Cloud, said:  “As HSBC prepares for the future of banking, we are proud to provide the  speed, scale and security of the best of cloud technology to connect  consumers, businesses and ecosystems in new innovations.”  

Media contacts 

HSBC 

London 

Don Hunter 

07387 243238 

don.hunter@hsbc.com 

R3 

r3@chatsworthcommunications.com 

Google Cloud 

Jane Khodos 

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