ESMA Regulation - Consultation Paper - MiFID II/MiFIR - May 22, 2014

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On May 22nd, 2014 The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its consultation paper on MiFID II/MiFIR. The MiFID II/MiFIR legislative package passed in the European Parliament on May 15th, 2014. These reforms seek to increase market transparency and stability.


The MiFID II/MiFIR reforms passed the European Parliament in 2014. This legislative package required ESMA to develop rules and guidelines on various aspects of the market. A study commissioned by the European Commission identified seven problem areas:

  • Lack of level playing field between markets and market participants, in light of industry changes including the rise of high-frequency trading and over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives;
  • Difficulties for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to access financial markets
  • Lack of transparency for market participants, given the increased use of dark pools;
  • Lack of transparency for regulators and insufficient supervisory powers in key areas;
  • Insufficient investor protection in such areas as mis-selling to clients and trade execution quality;
  • Weaknesses in some areas of the organization, processes, risk controls and assessment of market participants; and
  • Obstacles to competition in clearing infrastructures.

These reforms seek to remedy these issues as well promote financial stability

Summary of the Consultation Paper

The 311 page document consists of 8 Sections.

  • Section 1, Overview :
  • Section 2, Investor Protection:
  • Section 3, Transparency:
  • Section 4, Data Publication:
  • Section 5, Micro-Structural Issues:
  • Section 6, Requirements Applying on and to Trading Venues:
  • Section 7, Commodity Derivatives :
  • Section 8, Portfolio Compression :

ESMA accepted comments on the consultation paper until July 10, 2014. To see comments press here


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