Recently, ESMA submitted its regulatory technical standards to the EU Commission, greatly reducing the market uncertainty that has been surrounding the introduction of MiFID II. This was the starting point for an even more active period of innovation and change, as players respond to the new rules and introduce new ways of dealing with them. For market practitioners, the message is clear: a flexible approach to market structure changes is required to minimize the risk in responding to the new European trading landscape and the unforeseen innovation that will accompany the adoption of the MiFID II.
This paper looks at which firms will be affected and how, and offers some guidance on meeting the technology and process requirements under the new market structure rules and definitions. It draws upon a survey of 11 electronic trading executives from Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 sell-side financial institutions across Europe conducted by A-Team.
Risk & Compliance MiFID II posed a significant number of challenges for trading firms across Europe, but its regulatory impact has perhaps not been as dramatic as many had anticipated. Although many analysts predicted the imminent failure of smaller market players and potentially serious consequences for firms undertaking systematic internalization, the regulation came into play without creating quite […] January 7, 2019
FIX Infrastructure End-to-end testing of trading environments is essential for financial services firms today – yet it can seem daunting to implement these complex systems, especially if it involves an overarching overhaul of existing point or legacy solutions. Taking a step-by-step approach can break this down into a more manageable process, while the resulting benefits have the […] December 3, 2018
FIX Infrastructure It goes without saying that it’s imperative for trading technologists to thoroughly test their systems before the put them in a production environment. Clearly, building a market-beating trading platform requires a high level of uptime and a propensity for failure that’s as close to zero as possible. And for years technologists have used a range […] November 5, 2018
Risk & Compliance Nine months into the MiFID II era, it’s time to look beyond the compliance issues and start considering the business opportunities presented to firms operating under the Systematic Internaliser regime. With the support from a value-adding regulatory solution, SI status can be used for competitive advantage, suggests Jonas Lindqvist, Principal, Trading and Trade Execution, Itiviti. […] October 9, 2018
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