The purpose of this notice is to clarify the circumstances in which Banco Santander, S.A., London Branch (variously ‘Santander’, ‘we’ or ‘us’), may utilise pre-hedging in the fulfilment of any order or transaction placed with us.
Nothing contained in this notice is intended to conflict with or override any relevant law, regulatory rule or other applicable requirement in any jurisdiction in which Santander operates, the terms of which may vary depending on the precise nature of a client's relationship with us and the jurisdiction(s) in which we operate.
You should be aware that when you provide us with specific information for the purpose of obtaining a quote or request to enter into a transaction with us, such information, along with any other information available to us, may be used by us to canvas broker dealers or other intermediaries and engage in trading, market making and risk management activities, including pre-hedging and hedging activities, for our own account and without further disclosure to you.
Pre-hedging describes execution by Santander (as principal, not as an agent for you) of a transaction in the same or similar instruments as those indicated in your order or transaction to mitigate the risk associated with the anticipated execution of your order or transaction.
Santander may use pre-hedging to ensure that your order or transaction is executed in an orderly fashion and in a manner unlikely to disadvantage you or create undue market impact. Notwithstanding this general intention, and irrespective of any pre-hedging that Santander undertakes, there is no guarantee that these activities will result in the desired outcome.
Such pre-hedging can be executed before, during or after receiving a live pricing request or firm order from you, could be at different prices from the price at which Santander executes your order or transaction, may affect the market prices or rates of or liquidity for, the financial products or instruments you are buying and/or selling and may result in profit, or loss, to Santander.
Santander will generally not over-hedge with respect to the expected or actual size of your order or transaction (i.e. pre-hedge more than 100% of your order or transaction), except where market convention or liquidity is only available in a size greater than that required.
Should an eventual instruction or order not be received from you, Santander will endeavour to unwind any pre-hedging transactions in a prompt and orderly manner.
Any pre-hedging will be in accordance with the Santander’s internal guidelines and policies and the principles of conduct established by our regulators and will take into consideration the prevailing market conditions and size and nature of the anticipated transaction.
To discuss any of the principles contained herein in further detail, please contact your usual Santander contact.