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ESMA proposes extending MiFIR transaction reporting to management companies providing MiFID services
1 April 2021
Regulatory News Alert
Context and objectives
The reporting requirements of Regulation No 600/2014 on markets in financial instruments (MiFIR) aimed to provide national competent authorities (NCAs) with a complete picture of the market to support their oversight activities by introducing a uniform and standardized EU-wide reporting regime.
MiFIR applies to investment firms, credit institutions that provide investment services and/or perform investment activities, and market operators that includes any trading venues they operate. Also within the scope of MiFIR are financial counterparties, central clearing counterparties (CCPs) and third-country firms that provide investment services or activities in the EU with or without a branch (following an applicable equivalence decision by the European Commission).
On 24 September 2020, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a Consultation Paper seeking stakeholders’ views on some suggested amendments to the respective MiFIR Level 1 texts. The consultation period ended on 20 November 2020.
On 30 March 2021, based on the consultation feedback received, ESMA published a final report for the European Commission that contained recommendations and possible legislative amendments to the MiFIR transaction reporting regime. ESMA’s recommendations are particularly relevant for trading venues, systematic internalizers, investment firms, data reporting service providers, and asset management companies.
Management companies in scope of MiFIR reporting
ESMA’s recommendations are particularly relevant for asset management companies.
Concretely, to ensure a level playing field between MiFID investment firms and AIFM/UCITS management companies, ESMA has proposed to extend the scope of reporting requirements under Article 26 of MiFIR to UCITS and AIFM firms if they provide at least one MiFID service to third parties.
Therefore, the proposed change should only affect AIFM/UCITS management companies providing one or more MiFID services that would trigger the obligation to report transactions under Article 26 of MiFIR. The proposed change will not cover transactions stemming from other activities conducted by AIFM/UCITS firms.
Other important amendments
ESMA proposes additional adjustments to the reporting framework that are specifically relevant to trading venues, systematic internalizers, investment firms and data reporting service providers, including:
- The replacement of the trading on a trading venue (TOTV) concept with the systematic internalizer (SI) approach for over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives;
- The removal of the short sale indicator;
- The alignment with reporting regimes such as the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR), the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) and the Benchmark Regulation;
- The reliance on international standards, including legal entity identifiers (LEIs), international securities identification numbers (ISINs) and classification of financial instruments (CFIs); and
- The inclusion of three additional data elements to harmonize the way they are reported and avoid inconsistent and duplicate reporting of the same information at the national level. In particular, these are indicators for:
- Buyback programs;
- Information on MiFID II client categories; and
- Transactions pertaining to aggregated orders.
What is next?
The European Commission is expected to adopt legislative proposals based on these recommendations. ESMA is ready to provide any additional technical advice on the legislative amendments suggested in the report.
What is in it for me?
The inclusion of management companies in the MiFIR transaction reporting regime could mean significant challenges, from IT changes to the cost associated with increased system complexities and potential new MiFID sanctions in case of breach.
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