Contorted contraptions

Emotions are running high with ESMA’s announcement last evening on the share trading obligation and the immediate response by the FCA. Doubtless market participants had hoped for a more practical approach and are disappointed in a new regime that prevents EU27 investment firms from trading stocks such as Vodafone in London after a no-deal Brexit. While arguing what the regulator could have done, we shouldn’t forget that it is all caused by... Read More

ESMA sheds light on OTC trade reporting under No-Deal

ESMA has released a statement which amongst other things includes clarification for EU investment firms that they will have to publish their OTC trades via an EU APA if a UK counterparty is involved. Whilst in Europe this approach may serve to ensure post-trade transparency within the EU27, it is also true that the UK counterparty could be required to publish that trade to a UK APA. This sounds to me like a recipe for a return to the problem of OTC... Read More

Where will the liquidity shift within Europe?

Recently, Phil from the FT highlighted the risk for about 90 dual-listed companies under a no-deal Brexit. But I think the problem is much bigger. In our own analysis, we took it further and found about 230 liquid stocks (not necessarily dual listed) that had roughly a 50:50 split of turnover across UK and EU27. While dual listing complicates compliance, it also causes a problem if half of your turnover is on the wrong side of the Channel. At the... Read More

One year on and none the wiser

MiFID has achieved the rare feat of becoming a genericized trademark. In the same way that Xerox stands for copy machines in general, MiFID has turned into a synonym for all financial markets’ regulation. Thinking about its scorecard on its first birthday, whether MiFID II really is ground-breaking, or deserving remains debatable. However, there is no doubt about its voluminous size. And it is because of this unusual size that even one year on,... Read More

Setting a good example

Meanwhile in another part of Europe, time is running out for Swiss equivalence. The one year period previously granted in December 2017 is set to expire on 31st December. Switzerland needs equivalent third-country status in order to preserve the status quo and allow EU trading participants bound by MIFID to continue accessing the Swiss market locally in the EU. The Swiss government’s Federal Council continues to believe that all the conditions,... Read More

It is about time

Last Friday, ESMA finally published its long anticipated call for evidence on periodic auctions. Periodic auctions became popular in 2017 and even more so through 2018 and so they are often linked to the introduction of MiFID II. While some opponents lambasted them as a cynical attempt to avoid the double volume cap, supporters have pointed out their innovative approach to fulfilling a real need amongst market participants while still being fully... Read More

Beyond the obvious choice

Many trading firms are looking towards multi-entity setups to prepare for Brexit. The larger firms tend to have subsidiaries or branches in place, so they already have a flexible hedge against any Brexit scenario. Unfortunately, this can be an expensive contingency plan. What if a firm can’t justify the additional costs either due to limited exposure to the EU/UK or because it lacks the overall scale? For these firms there are alternatives.... Read More

FCA Brexit consultation offers alternative to noisy political debate

You might be excused for thinking that given the remaining Brexit uncertainty, contingency planning is something for policy wonks and lawyers. But this oversimplifies the situation, in particular since the FCA published two consultations on Brexit last week offering an unsentimental and technical analysis. The regulator provides some detailed guidance on selected issues where IT changes are needed irrespective of the type of Brexit. CP18/28 covers... Read More

Get it done, while you still can

When the double volume cap (DVC) was first enacted on 12th March it cut nearly half of dark turnover in Europe. After a 6-month mandatory break all of the suspended stocks have now been allowed to re-join the general population. Early evidence suggests that overall dark trading has now resumed at roughly pre-suspension levels. Our Top of the Blocks report shows that this resumption is not down to block trades, suggesting that there is a preference... Read More

Time to change your default settings?

London has long been seen as the European capital for financial markets. This has very little to do with regulation – after all, the UK is (still) part of the EU single market. London’s continuing dominance is largely down to ‘network effects’, i.e. the positive benefits of being part of an established ecosystem (in London even the cabbies discuss the impact of MiFID II with you!), and ‘lock-in effects’, i.e. the barrier... Read More

Joining the fray

It was always clear that Brexit was going to be an inherently complex undertaking that the industry must muddle through somehow. By now we’re all quite used to politicians of every stripe selling us their promises and claims, ranging from the more realistic to the less credible. What’s different this week is that the regulatory authorities have now waded in to the argument. As my colleague noted yesterday, the EBA claimed that banks’... Read More

The hard reality of Brexit

Whichever type of Brexit you hope for, there remains the possibility of a UK withdrawal from the EU in March next year with no agreement in place, and no transition period. The European Banking Authority has this week voiced its concerns about what it sees as a lack of preparation on the part of financial institutions for such a scenario. But in fact some banks and brokers are already setting themselves up for a hard Brexit by doubling up on legal... Read More

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