The ANNA Derivatives Service Bureau (DSB) is a fully automated generator of International Securities Identification Numbers (ISINs) for OTC derivatives. The DSB is the first numbering agency designed to operate on a global basis. Developed in slightly over a year, the DSB moved into production in October 2017.
The DSB has been designed to meet the particular requirements of the derivatives markets. These requirements include near-realtime allocation of ISINs upon application by a user. Its underlying technology platform handles multiple taxonomies of definitions and descriptive data for OTC derivatives. User can access the numbering services through either a web interface or direct integrations to users’ front-office systems for trading and order management.
Established by ANNA as a subsidiary Special Purpose Vehicle, the DSB is governed by a board of directors. Reporting to the board is the industry-based Product Committee that determines the data definitions for ISINs across a broad range of derivative types, as well as maintaining the technical integrity of the ISIN. The structure of the DSB is illustrated in the graphic above.
The creation of the DSB was triggered by a decision in September 2015 by European regulators that ISIN would be the preferred identifier for new regulatory reporting mandates coming into effect, specifically MiFID II, MiFIR and MAR. These regulations would require ISIN-based reporting of certain OTC derivatives transactions for the first time.
The development timeline for the DSB was keyed to reporting requirement of MiFID II, which came into effect in early January 2018. At that time, industry implementation of the new automated global numbering agency began to support reporting of OTC derivatives.
Operational standards of the DSB derive from the business and technical requirements mandated by International Organization for Standards (ISO) on numbering agency operations. Oversight and enforcement is the responsibility of ANNA, which serves as the ISIN Registration Authority under contract with ISO. These ISO requirements include pricing of numbering agency services on a cost-recovery basis.
Further information about the development history and current initiatives can be found in the News section of this website.