ESMA prepares for MIFID II systematic internaliser regime

ESMA bond liquidity data

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an updated questions and answers (Q&A) document on the application of MiFID II/ MiFIR which clarifies when ESMA will publish the first set of data needed to implement the Systematic Internaliser (SI) regime and the date by when firms must comply with the SI regime for the first time.

The key dates are:

  • 1 August 2018: ESMA will publish information on the total number and the volume of transactions executed in the European Union for the first time by 1 August 2018, covering the period from 3 January 2018 to 30 June 2018.
  • 1 September 2018: investment firms must undertake their first assessment by and, where appropriate, comply with the SI obligations (including notifying their National Competent Authority) by 1 September 2018.
  • Quarterly updates: for subsequent assessments, ESMA will publish data by the first calendar day of February, May, August and November. Investment firms are expected to perform the calculations and comply with the SI regime by the fifteenth calendar day of February, May, August and November.

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