Major banks sign on with JPMorgan blockchain initiative

The new additions make the project one of the largest applications of distributed ledger technology (DLT) by regulated banks

The Interbank Information Network (IIN), which JPMorgan, Royal Bank of Canada and ANZ have been trialling for the past year, has expanded, with more than 75 banks now involved.

“We’ve been actively exploring how emerging technologies such as blockchain, AI, and an enhanced digital experience can be deployed in our Treasury Services business to better serve our clients’ ever changing needs,” says Takis Georgakopoulos, Global Head of Treasury Services, JPMorgan. “We will lead the market with the roll-out of a robust pipeline of innovations over the coming months, beginning with the launch of IIN.”

IIN aims to minimise friction in the cross-border payments process. Think a bunch of banks teaming on their own version of Ripple, possibly built because they feel SWIFT is not adapting to a rapidly changing landscape. Using blockchain technology, it reduces the time correspondent banks currently spend responding to compliance and other data-related inquiries that delay payments. IIN is powered by Quorum, a permissioned-variant of the Ethereum blockchain, developed by JPMorgan.

“We saw tremendous interest among correspondent banks after the pilot launched in 2017, asking if they could join,” says Emma Loftus, Head of Global Payments and Receivables, JPMorgan Treasury Services. “We believe IIN will significantly improve the efficiency of cross-border payments, particularly as more banks participate and we evolve the functionality and use cases beyond compliance-related inquiries.”

The full list of IIN banks as follows:

Americas

  1. Banca Mifel
  2. Banco BICE
  3. Banco Bisa
  4. Banco Davivienda S.A.
  5. Banco de Crédito del Perú
  6. Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires
  7. Banco Industrial
  8. Banco Mercantil del Norte
  9. Banco Mercantil Santa Cruz
  10. Banco Nacional de Bolivia
  11. Banco Popular Dominicano
  12. Banco Regional
  13. Banreservas
  14. Bank of Montreal
  15. Itau Unibanco
  16. JPMorgan Chase
  17. National Bank of Canada
  18. Royal Bank of Canada*
  19. The Toronto-Dominion Bank

 

Europe

  1. Allied Irish Bank
  2. Banco de Investment Global, S.A.
  3. Banco de Sabadell
  4. Banco Santander
  5. Bankinter
  6. Banque Internationale de Commerce – BRED (Suisse) SA
  7. Banque Thaler SA
  8. CBH Compagnie Bancaire Helvétique SA
  9. CIM Banque S.A Geneve
  10. Cooperatieve Rabobank U.A.
  11. Credit Agricole S.A.
  12. Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale
  13. PKO Bank Polski S.A.
  14. Privatbank IHAG Zurich AG
  15. Reyl & Cie SA
  16. Société Générale
  17. The First International Bank of Israel Ltd
  18. UniCredit (through their subsidiary UniCredit Bank Austria)

 

Asia-Pacific

  1. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited*
  2. BRAC Bank Limited
  3. China CITIC Bank International Limited
  4. China Guangfa Bank
  5. Chong Hing Bank Limited
  6. Ho Chi Minh City Development JS Commercial
  7. ICICI Bank Limited
  8. Indovina Bank Ltd
  9. Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam
  10. KASIKORNBANK Public Company Limited
  11. KEB Hana Bank
  12. Mizuho Bank, Ltd.
  13. Prime Bank Ltd.
  14. PT Bank Central Asia Tbk
  15. PT Bank CIMB Niaga Tbk
  16. Resona Bank, Ltd.
  17. Shinhan Bank
  18. Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
  19. Union Bank Of The Philippines
  20. Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade
  21. Woori Bank

 

Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa

  1. Al Rajhi Banking & Investment Corporation
  2. Alawwal Bank
  3. Bank ABC (Arab Banking Corporation B.S.C.)
  4. Bank Al Habib Limited
  5. Barclays Bank Tanzania Limited
  6. Barclays Bank Zambia PLC
  7. Commercial Bank of Africa Limited
  8. Commercial International Bank (Egypt) S.A.E
  9. Credit Libanais SAL
  10. DenizBank A.S.
  11. Habib Metropolitan Bank Limited
  12. Joint-Stock Company BCS-Investment Bank
  13. JS Bank Limited
  14. Kuveyt Turk Katilim Bankasi A.S.
  15. MauBank Limited
  16. National Bank of Kenya Limited
  17. National Bank of Kuwait S.A.K.P.
  18. Turkiye Finans Katilim Bankasi A.S.

*denotes 2017 pilot client*

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