Blockchain in Action in Corporate Banking

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27 July 2018

“And they’re off” is the most succinct way to describe the status of blockchain-based initiatives in commercial banking. The race to scale production is on and will be a marathon, not a sprint.

Key research questions

  • What use cases are approaching the golden triangle of value, feasibility, and viability?
  • Who are the payments contenders?
  • Who are the trade finance contenders?


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Blockchain in corporate banking is moving from experiment to live transactions, proving value and feasibility but not yet demonstrating viability (e.g., scale). Celent showcases 12 contenders in payments, trade finance, and syndicated loans.

Early movers have gone from proofs of concept to pilots and production. The production launches are currently relatively small initiatives.Most initiatives are digitizing processes, that is, carrying messages or documents. Only a very few are using digital assets as a medium to exchange value. The next 18 months will be a critical period to attract service providers and end users. In parallel, blockchain and DLT platform providers are working fervently on improving scale and speed with the goal of staying one step ahead of the needs of application providers.

Celent has selected 12 contenders to profile based on their progress toward winning medals in value, feasibility, and viability as well as the caliber of their people and participants.

  • Five in cross-border payments with the first three in production: Ripple, Stellar, IBM World Wire, JPM Interbank Information Network, and Visa B2B Connect
  • Six in trade finance with the first two in production:, India Trade Connect, TradeIX, Skuchain, Voltron, and Centrifuge
  • One in syndicated lending in production:Fusion LenderComm by Finastra