The Consequences of Atomic Settlement

Wednesday 6th December | 2 pm


| Dirk Bullmann ( Global Head of Public Policy, CLS)



Atomic settlement promises instant, simultaneous transactions, but does this represent a quantum leap for post-trade efficiency or a liquidity trap? In this session of the FMI Broadcast, Dirk Bullman cuts through the noise to make sense of what atomic settlement means and the benefits and drawbacks it offers as we ask whether molecular settlement could provide a solution that balances speed and liquidity needs.


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Molecular Settlement: Making Atomic Settlement Work in a Positive Interest Rate Environment read more >


Session #14 Guest


Dirk Bullmann

Global Head of Public Policy, CLS

Dirk Bullmann joined CLS in 2022 as Global Head of Public Policy and is responsible for formulating, developing and implementing our global public policy strategy. He represents CLS on all aspects of policymaker engagement, and leads CLS’s innovation-related research activities with a particular focus on distributed ledger technologies and Central Bank Digital Currencies.

Prior to joining CLS, Dirk spent over 20 years at the European Central Bank (ECB) where he held a number of managerial and advisory roles. He led the ECB’s innovation team and the innovation lab in the Directorate General Market Infrastructure and Payments and was responsible for coordinating innovation activities amongst the euro area central banks. In addition, Dirk was the Adviser to the ECB’s Chief Services Officer and Adviser to the Director General Market Infrastructure and Payments. He was also the Secretary to the Eurosystem Payment and Settlement Systems Committee.



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