MiFID II – a catalyst for innovation

Trading in auctions – in contrast to continuous matching – has long been poised to grow under MiFID II, due to the technicalities in the pre-trade transparency regime and its waivers. With the go-live date edging ever-closer, the regulation has become a catalyst for innovation instead of being merely a cost of doing business. Exchanges are currently rolling out new and pioneering trading services that are not only compliant, but that will hopefully also make trading... Read More

A division of labour for SIs?

The current debate between ESMA, the European Commission and market participants on the establishment of networks of systematic internalisers (SIs) is unsurprising given the amount of regulatory change and the potential for market innovation. Last week ESMA expanded on what’s behind its thinking on the topic in its most recent Q&A. ESMA’s objections to such networks are aimed squarely at back-to-back transaction agreements with other liquidity providers. They... Read More

MiFID II marches on

The last day in March represented a significant milestone on the crowded MiFID II timeline, with the remaining regulations and directives now finally published in the EU Official Journal. If you recall last year’s proposals for delaying implementation until January 2018, there were some far from subtle hints that the new deadline assumed the transpositions and relevant technical standards were delivered by mid-2016. Even with the finish line pushed out to January 2018, this... Read More

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